NYLA 2019 | Conference Program Descriptions

Friday, November 15

Program Slot  #3, 8:30AM-9:45AM

Happy Librarians Talk Management and Morale
Sponsors:
ASLS / LAMS
The number of books, workshops, and seminars on managing libraries are endless, yet few of these resources highlight good management practices from the perspective of content employees.  As a result, the most important voices -- that is, those who are managed -- are, ironically, often absent in the conversation on best practices. In this panel presentation, librarians from academic, school, and public libraries will share specific aspects of their work environments that contribute to their contentment, morale, and productivity.  Attendees will leave the presentation with concrete examples of programs, accountability structures, and management strategies that can be implemented at their libraries to promote a more positive workplace environment.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Danielle Apfelbaum, Farmingdale State College
Ellen Frank Bayer, Flushing High School
Michele Cayea, Patchogue Medford Public Library
Derek Stadler, LaGuardia Community College


Friends of Libraries Section Board Meeting
Sponsor: FLS
FLS is directed by a 13-member Board that represents the geographic diversity of the Empire State.  This business meeting will include the officers, members-at-large, and auxiliary volunteers for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 FLS Boards.  The FLS Board conducts meetings via conference call about every two months year-round, and this is only our second opportunity to meet face-to-face this year, allowing us to connect a voice with a face!    Our auxiliary volunteers coordinate FLS awards and represent the Section on NYLA’s standing committees.  Randall Enos is President Emeritus, a title bestowed in honor of his numerous years serving as the president of the Empire Friends Roundtable, helping sustain the group for more than two decades.  The FLS Board is excited to have recipients of the first-ever FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship awards attending this conference.  We’re Friendly!  Come find out how you can get involved in our activities and projects.  Visitors are welcome to attend, and we would enjoy meeting you!

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speaker:
Lisa C. Wemett, President, Friends of Libraries Section


 


Introduction to Civil Service
Sponsors: LAMS / NMN, NYSED, RLRT, SCLA
Join us as we engage with members of the Civil Service Task Force on navigating the finer points of the civil service system. Have questions about the hiring process? Do you want to know what to do after you've received your score? Stop in to find out. There will be an opportunity for discussion at the end of the presentation -- bring your questions! 

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers:
Claudia Depkin, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
Geoff Kirkpatrick, Bethlehem Public Library
 


Trauma Happened. What Next?
Sponsor: LAR
Catch one of the screenings of the one-hour documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.  There will be a few opportunities at the conference. Then join your colleagues to:  Learn how our hard wired survival systems can go awry under the influence of toxic stress and how that manifests in our communities.    Explore how factors such as oppression and racism act as stressors. Discuss individual, agency/organizational, and community responses to reducing the impact of trauma and building resilient communities. Discuss how libraries can (and do) play a central role in helping communities to experience greater safety and connectedness. Learn how simple movement and breath practices can be integrated into programming to increase relaxation and increase attention and focus. This subject is relevant to work with youth and adults as well as to our care for ourselves and our communities.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Andrew Bell, Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health
Elena Falcone, Westchester Library System


Fixing Stuff and Creating Community
Sponsor: MSRT
Learn about the fourth R (Repair)! Librarians have become champions of repair as hands-on, inter-generational learning. Information will be provided on the history of Repair Cafés, how to get one started and where to seek help. We’ll talk about how Repair Cafés build community, encourage volunteerism, discourage waste, build partnerships and bring people into the library! We’ll feature the nine libraries in the Hudson Valley/ Catskill area already hosting Repair Cafés. Additionally, we’ll give examples of associated programming in the areas of sustainable practices, living frugally and traditional arts.  Hands-on demonstrations will be provided and participants will have a chance to try making repairs.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Peggy Johansen, Mamakating Library
John Wackman, Repair Cafe Hudson Valley
Leah Hamilton, Phelps Library
 


Increasing Cardholder Activation and Retention
Sponsors: PLS / LAMS, MPRRT, RASS, RLRT, SCLA, ULU
How many of your library cardholders have actually used their card in the past 12 months? The number might surprise you. Mid-Hudson Library System decided to embark on a year-long experiment to figure out how to increase cardholder activation and retention. Armed with research, data-driven ideas, and an attitude of "fast failure" they changed the customer service culture at their libraries. Find out how members of the panel rolled up their sleeves and did the work!

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System
AnnaLee Dragon, Kinderhook Memorial Library
Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Association Library
Gloria Governman, East Fishkill Community Library
Gillian Thorpe, Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library


Ethical Implications of the Census
Sponsors: PLS / GIRT, LAMS, NMN, RLRT, SCLA, SED
Join us for a panel discussion of the ethical implications of the 2020 census with a variety of community and government stakeholders. How will providing a complete count affect the most vulnerable patrons in their communities? How will libraries maintain the trust of their patrons while adhering to best practices in census participation? Participants will be engaged with stakeholders from federal government, library systems, scholars, legal and community immigrant services to explore the issues.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Lauren Moore, New York State Library
Dr. Warren A Brown, Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research, Cornell University
Francella Ochillo, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Isabelle Thacker, Immigration Attorney, The Legal Project


Queering Comics for All Ages
Sponsors: SCLA / PCRT
The popularity and availability of queer comics and graphic novels has grown exponentially in recent years, which is cause for celebration. But with so many choices out there, what skills and resources can librarians utilize to help them evaluate titles for a wide array of patrons? What about materials that address asexuality, intersex individuals, pansexuality, and other less “popular” identities and orientations? And, once located, how can both new and classic titles be used – at the library, in the classroom, and beyond – to break down barriers and create powerful community connections? We’ll cover all aspects of curating relevant, culturally-appropriate collections for comic lovers of all ages.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Derek Ivie, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Nola Thacker, Westhampton Free Library
Valerie Acklin, Bellemore Memorial Library
Jody Ruggiero, Levittown Public Library


Hacked!
Sponsors: SMART / IFRT, SCLA
In November 2018, the South Huntington Public Library suffered an attack on its computer network. Hear how we can better defend our organizations against an intrusion, and what preparations can be made in case one occurs? We’ll share what happened, how we responded, and what we gained from the experience.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker:
Nick Tanzi, South Huntington Public Library


 


Creating YOUR Yearly Best Books List
Sponsors: SSL / IFRT, NMN, SLSA, YSS
“So many books, so little time.”  Ever hear that before?  Is that a daily lament?  If so, this workshop is for you!  How does one go about reading enough to have a “best of” the year list, and how does one choose the best books to read.  Joyce Laiosa will show you where to look for those helpful lists, which blogs to follow, how to get a sense of a book without reading the whole text, looking over picture books to fall in love with the art, and gain confidence in your very own “best of” list.  She will also have helpful hints in getting friends and colleagues to do some of the reading for you that is shared as a group.  Lastly, she will show you her simple but effective way of keeping track of all that you read.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker:
Joyce Laiosa, Early Literacy Consultant/University at Albany Instructor


 


Yoga & Books & Kids, Oh my!
Sponsors: YSS / SSL
Yoga has been in the news a lot lately discussing the health benefits, the behavior modification aspect, and the fun of being active. Many times we look at our young patrons and we want to collect their energy and redirect it into something useful without getting distracted from the book we are presenting. But, how can we do that? Kids love to play act, becoming the character. Through directed learning and story line these energies can be redirected, channeled into a book. Don't forget to have plenty of stories for them to check out after the yoga class, because the kids will want to recreate this experience at home.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker:
Leslie Boedicker, Parma Public Library



Program Slot #4, 11:00AM-12:15PM

How Academic Librarians are Innovating the Workshop
Sponsors:
ASLS / RASS
Several instruction librarians at Clarkson University are using voluntary workshops to fill gaps in the library instruction curriculum.  It can be difficult to convince faculty to give up class time to library instruction, Librarians often feel that they don’t have enough time in class to cover all of the material, and students regularly identify gaps in their information literacy knowledge that are not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.  These are some of the problems that inspired us to create unique series of voluntary workshops tailored to different student populations.  We will discuss our individual observations from inception of these programs to implementation of the workshops and our plans for the future.

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Amber Amidon, Clarkson University
Lisa Hoover, Clarkson University
Mary Cabral, Clarkson University


Cross-Cultural Communicators in Libraries
Sponsors: ESRT / LAMS, NMRT, PLS, RASS
This two-year pilot project called, "Cross Cultural Communicators in Libraries: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Competent Library Professionals," and funded by an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant, will train Spanish-speaking bilingual public library front-line staff to increase cultural competence and effectiveness in communication through professional interpreter training.  Participants are from libraries in New Jersey, Connecticut and California, in addition to staff from Queens Library.  The project offers a series of five one-hour self-paced webinars addressing cultural competence (Year 1) and one full-day in-person workshop in each region to teach interpretation and translation skills (Year 2).  All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and be featured in an online network of Spanish-speaking library professionals to be built at the conclusion of the project.  Speakers will explain the project goals and report on results to date.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Mimi Lee, New Jersey State Library
Fred Gitner, Queens Library

 


Fundraising Without Book Sales
Sponsors: FLS / RLRT
Tired of the book sale treadmill?  No storage for your book stock or fewer active volunteers to coordinate a sale?  No problem!  Our panelists will share their successes with fund-raising projects that don’t require lifting heavy boxes.  Maria Bucci promotes charitable planned giving as a way for community members and loyal patrons to secure the library’s financial future.  The Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library have putted their way through eight years of mini golf tournaments, attracting hundreds of community members annually to this family-friendly and fun event.  Whether motorcoach trips to New England and New York City or international travel to Europe, travel coordinator Rhona Koretzky-Forman loves shepherding groups of travelers and Friends on memorable adventures near and far.  Let’s take a fresh look at raising funds for the library.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Maria Bucci, Wood Library
Tim Newell, Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library
Rebecca Darling, Town of Ballston Community Library
Rhona Koretzky-Forman, Friends of the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library


Visualizing Data for Decision-Making at Your Library
Sponsors: LAMS / SMART
Are you tired of limiting yourself to spreadsheets for sharing data about your library? Do you want to provide interactive tools for sharing data with stakeholders, staff, and library users? This session will cover innovative ways to create dashboards, maps, and other visualizations that can clarify thinking and decision-making for successful library administration.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Catherine Stollar Peters, Bethlehem Public Library


 


Creating the Library Experience
Sponsors: MPRRT / IFRT, NMN, RLRT, SSL
Design isn’t just about creating something attractive. Design involves thinking about the intended audience – their wants and needs – and determining the best way to reach them. Design aspects can be applied to promotional materials, library displays, and programming. By focusing on the user experience you can create effective messaging and appealing displays that stimulate engagement.

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Amanda Roberts, Northern Onondaga Public Library
Jo-Ann Wong, Queens Library

 


Professional Development: Powering Up the Workplace Culture
Sponsors: NYBLC / NMN, PLS, ULU
Table Talks, presentations that provide insights on collaborative professional development:

  1. Evolving the Workplace Culture
  2. Do you struggle with workplace conflict? Learn compassionate and effective methods to mend the interpersonal snags in the fabric of your organization.
  3. Professional Development as a Living Organism
  4. Get unstuck from a training rut! This session will focus on creating an ever-evolving “menu” of services to fit staff needs, and how library staff can self advocate for PD.
  5. Powering Up to Empower Our Colleagues

Presenters will share benefits resulting from collaborative professional development in digital scholarship and guide participants through an instructional design process by which to brainstorm their own in-house learning opportunities.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers:
Eva Shapiro, New York Public Library
Chelsea Condren, New York Public Library
Eileen Daly-Boas, University of Rochester
Kristen Totlenben, University of Rochester
Leah Hamilton, Phelps Library


Digital Equity, in Theory & in Practice
Sponsors: RLRT / ESLN, IFRT, ILRT, NMN, PCRT, SMART
Libraries provide communities with access to computers and the internet while their doors are open and 24/7 wifi access in the vicinity of the building. But what happens to those who aren't able to get to the library & don't have internet access at home? We all know that the digital divide is a real issue but what can we do to work towards equitable internet access for all?  Andrea Snyder and Katie Smith will provide both theory and practical information about how we can work towards equitable internet access for all, including advocacy, community awareness building and how to partner with your local school district to set up a hotspot lending program including initial funding to actual lending.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Katie Smith, Wood Library
Andrea Snyder, Pioneer Library System


Q&A with the New State Librarian
Sponsors: SED/NYSL / ESLN, IFRT, LAMS, LTA, NMN, SLSA, SSL
What is the State Librarian's vision for library services in New York State?  Come and participate in a question and answer session with the newly appointed New York State Librarian.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speaker:
Lauren Moore, New York State Library


Enticing Escape Experiences for Your Library
Sponsors: SSL / PCRT, SLSA, YSS
Escape experiences have the potential to both entertain and educate. You and your colleagues will experience this firsthand, challenging one of two escape experiences: one built for public libraries, or one constructed for high school/academic libraries. Find the clues, solve the puzzles, and escape before the time runs out! Your daring escape will be followed by a conversation with the creators about how they created these experiences, and you will leave with instructions for a ready-made escape room.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers:
Alan Witt, SUNY Geneseo
Eileen Daly-Boas, University of Rochester

Stephanie Preston, Albany Public Library
 



Program Slot  #5, 2:15PM-3:30PM

The Law(s) of Managing Digital Assets
Sponsors:
ESLN / ASLS, LAMS, M&PRRT, SLSA, SMART, SSL
The concept of digital rights and digital asset management can seem daunting and worrisome to those of us who are not intellectual property lawyers. What are digital rights and digital assets? What can you do with them? How can you maximize your rights while avoiding infringement claims or a lawsuit? Join attorneys Stephanie Adams of WNYLRC's "AskTheLawyer" service and publishing law attorney Sallie Randolph as they discuss (and debate) key concepts and answer questions regarding fair use, copyright, contracts, and other legal aspects of digital assets. ESLN program managers will also be on hand to review the digital assets form used in such programs as New York Heritage.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speakers:
Stephanie Adams, The Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC
Sallie Randolph, The Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC

 


Sustainable Thinking for Friends
Sponsor: FLS
NYLA’s Sustainability Initiative works to create leadership and provide tools to libraries to incorporate sustainable practices throughout the organization.  How do these initiatives involve the library’s strongest advocacy arm, the Friends?  How can a Friends organization help their library and their group to reduce, reuse, and recycle?  Is there more to this than making sure the book sale leftovers don’t end up in a landfill?  Uncertainties loom for nonprofit organizations: transitions of leadership, a shrinking pool of traditional volunteers, and greater financial needs to support the community’s library.  Beyond “financial sustainability,” how can leadership succession planning, adaptability, and partnering with other community organizations help the Friends endure?  Capacity building—enhancing systems, infrastructure, and human resources—is essential to keep the Friends itself resilient.  Learn how purposeful leadership, incorporating effective policy changes, and conscientious practices which involve community volunteers can foster an organizational culture of sustainable thinking long-term.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System
Matthew Bollerman, Friends of the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library

 


Building Partnerships with Local History Communities
Sponsors: LHRT / RLRT, SCLA
Share your successes and challenges building partnerships between your library and other organizations with local-history focused missions. Actual issues and examples will serve as a base for starting engaging conversations and debate. Whether getting started with historical programs and sharing your services with broader demographics, or more experience partnering with other libraries, archives, historical societies, genealogy groups, and other associations, this roundtable will be a chance to share, learn and help others learn from your experience.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Peter Ward, Brentwood Public Library
Lorie Wies, Saratoga Springs Public Library


Library Job "Speed-Dating"
Sponsor: NMN
Curious about other library jobs? Look no further! Come ‘check out’ a librarian from a job you’re curious about, and spend 5-10 minutes learning how their job works and if it would be the right fit for you. Explore countless librarian jobs, from YA reference to prison librarian, and everything in-between! Want to know what it takes to run a makerspace? We got you. Want to learn about non-traditional librarian positions? We have ‘em. Come prepared with questions and a game plan, as this is one fast-paced program.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers:
Rosemary Kiladitis, Queens Library
Kristen Cinar, Suffolk County Community College
Anjali Parasnis-Samar, Monroe Community College
Many more! 


LGBTQ+ Culture: Decoding the Alphabet Soup
Sponsors: PLS / ESRT, LGBTQIART, NMN, RLRT, SSL
To be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community it is important to educate yourself. This session will cover terminology, implicit bias, the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, and the issues that are unique to the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will walk away with the knowledge to make their library LGBTQ+ affirmative for their patrons and staff.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speaker:
Jennifer Stickles, Salamanca Public Library


 


Malcolm Hill Lecture: Digital Rights are Civil Rights
Sponsors: PULISDO / PLS, SMART
All Americans should have access to 21st-century tools to ensure that each has an opportunity to contribute to a digital economy. Francella Ochillo, Executive Director of Next Century Cities, will share insights on her organization’s efforts to advance digital rights for marginalized communities. She has led efforts to restore net neutrality, a principle that preserves the internet as an open platform with equal opportunities for all, and continues to highlight the need for diverse viewpoints to be incorporated into policy-making discussions about bridging the digital divide and developing privacy protections online. Be inspired and learn new ways for librarians to advocate for and amplify the needs of easily forgotten communities.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speaker:
Francella Ochillo, Next Century Cities


 


The Power of Peer Learning
Sponsor: RASS
The Learning Circle model created by P2PU.org (Peer to Peer University) is a powerful approach to spread the reach and effectiveness of a wide array of free online courses. Completion rates for online courses are notoriously low, but by meeting with other people through a learning circle, learners find increased motivation to continue as a group. This is particularly helpful for learners who are just beginning to pursue education outside of K-12 or those who do not have prior experience with online learning. Speakers will cover what a learning circle is and why organizations should host one; how to find or create online course materials; and will share their own experiences preparing for and facilitating learning circles.

Track: User Services
Speakers:
Al Oliveras, Onondaga Free Library
Arden Kirkland, Syracuse University

 

Work Smarter! Tech Tools to Aid Productivity
Sponsors:
SMART / LAMS, MPRRT, NMN, SSL
We all know that technology can help us to be more productive, but there are so many products; which are the best? Let our panel of experts show what will work best for you!

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speakers:
Kelsy Hibbard-Baker, Geneva Public Library
Bek Jarvis-Girtler, William K Sanford Town Library
Tyler Norton, University at Albany
Lauren Puzier, University at Albany


Creating a Culture of Yes
Sponsors: ULU / LAMS, MPRRT, RLRT
Participants will learn to look at their library through the eyes of all community members; including but not limited to auditing policies, signage, program offerings, and staff language. Participants will evaluate what kind of user experience community members have at their library and what the perception of their library may be. Participants will gain concrete skills that can be utilized for staff development in order to obtain staff buy-in with new practices. Using the new lens, participants can make small tweaks to elevate the services provided and change community's impression of the library.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speaker:
Suzanne Macaulay, Clifton Springs Library



Program Slot #6, 3:45PM-5:00PM

Hopepunk Sustainability: Libraries in the Lead
Sponsors:
LAMS / ESLN
In a world of overwhelming pessimism regarding climate change and sustainable practices, libraries have all the tools necessary to lead our communities forward on these issues. Recent reports from the United Nations and the US Government indicate that our economy is not shifting fast enough to mitigate the dire consequences we are already seeing due to climate change like severe weather, food insecurity and civil unrest. How can we stay focused and maximize our assets in the community to solve these issues? What global trends should libraries consider when designing their localized plans? Library leaders need to be empowered to serve as catalysts and conveners that help local communities help themselves.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
David Biello, TED
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System

 


Documenting the Immigrant Story Through Oral Histories and Images
Sponsors: ESRT / LHRT, ULU
Throughout its history New York City has been a principal entry point for immigration to the United States. Collecting their stories and documenting the narrative of their lives as new immigrants in the city presents many challenges. A number of initiatives aim to actively collect their stories creating oral histories and collecting and digitizing countless images so that future generations may better understand the history of immigrants in New York. In this presentation we will learn about Brooklyn Public Library’s Our Streets, Our Stories Oral History Project and the Queens Memory Project at Queens Library.

Track: Accessibility, Diversity & Unique Populations
Speakers:
Natalie Milbrodt, Queens Library
Taina Evans, Brooklyn Public Library

 


FLS Annual Meeting and Friendly Café Meet-Up
Sponsor: FLS
Join us for FLS’s annual membership meeting, which will include highlights of FLS projects and the announcement of the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award, followed by our Friendly café meet-up.  Both community volunteers and library staff are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to network with other Friends, exchange ideas, and make new contacts.  Meet-ups offer a chance for Friends that support libraries of all types to discuss topics of interest, such as advocacy, membership, energizing volunteers, fund-raising ideas, book sales, and programs and services that the Friends offer to their community.  What would you like to talk about?  FLS Board members serve as mentors and moderators for these casual conversations, sharing advice from their experience with Friends organizations from across the state.

Track: Administration & Leadership
Speakers:
Lisa C. Wemett, Friends of Libraries Section
Rebecca Fuss, Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

 


Undergraduates’ Expectations and Realities for Technology
Sponsors: ILRT / ASLS, RASS, SMART, SSL
Our research explores college students’ lived experiences using digital technology for their academic work: in and out of class, on and off campus. Sharing the results of our decade of research at the City University of New York, we have learned that ways undergraduates use digital technology go beyond checking their grades on the learning management system or emailing a professor. However, digital technology, and smartphones in particular, can present unanticipated barriers that impede students’ academic work. Understanding how students use digital technology in the context of their coursework is crucial for colleges and universities to better support students in their academic work.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Maura A. Smale, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Mariana Regalado, Brooklyn College, CUNY


Does Your Story Match Your Data?
Sponsors: MPRRT / ESRT, RLRT, SMART
In challenging economic climates, library advocacy becomes ever more difficult.  Emotional appeals are rarely enough on their own to sway stakeholders making tough decisions, but with the help of statistics, we can better understand our communities, services, and resources – especially staffing, materials expenditure, and circulation.  This program will look into those statistics that best support our missions and marketing messages that might develop, as well as the data  that might be leveled against us by well-informed critics.

Track: Current Issues & Research
Speakers:
Robert Drake, Nassau Library System
Grace Riario, Ramapo Catskill Library System

 


Citizen Science for Libraries
Sponsor: MSRT
Gregor Mendel, Benjamin Franklin, fossil collector Mary Anning, and astronomer Caroline Herschel were citizen scientists. Why can’t your library patrons engage in this re-invented trend? Help people participate in bird and butterfly counts, contribute to Alzheimer’s research and collect genetic information in real-science contexts! Session participants will learn about citizen science library program models, National Library of Medicine resources to support programs, and sources of funding for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages and all types of libraries. No prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate.

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speaker:
Michael Balkenhol, National Network of Libraries of Medicine


True Tales of NYLA Newbies
Sponsor: NMN
A panel of speakers who started their NYLA ‘career’ in the New Member's of NYLA (NMN)all have stories of how their NYLA involvement helped their career, and where they are in NYLA now. This is also the annual NMN meeting for new members (anyone who's joined NYLA within the last 5 years). Whether this if your first conference, you're new to NYLA, or you're looking to get more involved, come join us with your questions and learn how NYLA can help you.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development
Speakers:
Arielle Hessler, John Jermain Memorial Library
Anjali Parasnis-Samar, Monroe Community College
Tim Furgal, Southern Tier Library System
 


Planning Pop Culture Themed Festivals
Sponsors: PCRT / PLS
Are you exploring putting on a festival at your library? These two intrepid librarians have successfully started and grown festivals at their libraries. Finding people to table or present, planning festival performances and activities, and evaluating attendance and participation are all part of the planning process that our presenters know well. If you are currently planning or thinking about a large program like this one, stop on in and join the conversation - there will be time set aside for questions, thoughts, and sharing your own experiences. Patrick Holt runs the Durham Comics Fest and John Scalzo runs the Rochester Game Festival, both of which can be found on the web.

Track: User Services
Speakers:
John Scalzo, Irondequoit Public Library
Patrick Holt, Durham County Library (NC)

 


Let's Talk 2030!
Sponsors: SED/NYSL / ESRT, LAMS, LTA, NYBLC, SLSA, SSL
Join the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and other library leaders for a discussion of the next steps in creating a sustainable future for library services in New York State.

Track: Core Knowledge & Career Development


State of Technology in Libraries 2019
Sponsors: SMART / PCRT, SCLA, SSL
In an era of rapid technological change, it can be difficult to keep up. Enter our speakers, three library professionals who engage with technology in multiple roles as instructors, programmers, and library administrators. This presentation will highlight key technologies and trends, considering them from a library perspective. By exploring the tech landscape together, we can move our organizations to a proactive, rather than reactive posture.

Track: Technology & Digital Information
Speakers:
Nick Tanzi, South Huntington Public Library
Chris DeChristofaro, Sachem Public Library
James Hutter, Port Washington Public Library
 


Summer Reading the True Impact
Sponsors: YSS / SLSA, SSL
For the past two years the Albany Public Library has worked with our local cradle to career partnership, The Albany Promise and the City of Albany School District, to analyse the impact of summer reading participation on city youth. We also worked with them to formulate and implement plans to increase summer reading sign-ups and participation. This allowed us to gather meaningful data to finally answer the age old question: does summer reading program participation stop the summer slide?

Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy
Speakers:
Lisa Neuman, Albany Public Library
Juliette Price, The Albany Promise
Scott Jarzombek, Albany Public Library