NYLA 2021 Conference & Trade Show | Pre-Conference Programs



Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

CE-A: Confronting Burnout in Libraries: Fostering Mental Wellness, Boundaries, and Advocacy in the Library Profession
Sponsor: Public Library Section (PLS)
Library staff is dedicated to their positions and to the communities they serve, but what are we doing to take care of the mental health of the people who are staffing our library systems? Vocational awe, and the resulting consequence of burnout, were already prevalent terms prior to COVID-19. However, the pandemic has emphasized the need to closely examine how vocational awe is negatively affecting our library staff during a global health crisis, and the need for staff to set boundaries to preserve personal mental health. In this workshop, we will discuss what vocational awe and burnout are, how to practice mental wellness and creating professional boundaries, and how to advocate for your personal and professional wellbeing.

AnnaLee Dragon is currently the Director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library in Columbia County, where she has led the organization through a successful capital campaign and building expansion/ renovation over the last nine years. She received her MSIS from SUNY Albany in 2004 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Roger Williams University. Ms. Dragon has experience at both large urban and small rural public libraries, having worked for several years as a Reference Librarian and a Branch Librarian at Albany Public Library before her tenure at Kinderhook. Her professional activities include Past President of NYLA-LAMS (Leadership & Management Section), the former Chair of the Mid-Hudson Library System Directors’ Association, the former Chair of the Columbia County Library Association, and an NYLA Legislative Committee/NYLA Council member.

Michelle Stolicker is a clinical social worker and the EAP Program Supervisor for the OCM BOCES Employee Assistance Program which serves 40+ school districts in a 7-county area. She has more than 30 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families and integrates her knowledge of education, mental health, and substance abuse issues to help clients problem-solve, overcome personal issues and work toward positive personal and work experiences. Michelle regularly consults with district administrators regarding challenging cases and appropriate interventions.  She has also developed more than 50 workshops on personal growth and wellness-related topics. 

Sarah Gluck has spent her career working in public libraries. From managing small 3-staff branches to working with a full, diverse team she is passionate about building staff confidence and morale and connecting with her community through public programming and outreach. Currently, Sarah is the Assistant Manager at Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center in Corona, Queens.


Terry Kirchner joined the Westchester Library System as Executive Director in January 2009. In this role, he works with the 38-member public libraries to encourage and promote learning at all ages. His experience in various management positions at public and academic libraries spans over 30 years.



CE-B: Podcasting at your Library Nuts & Bolts
Sponsor: Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology (SMART) 
This program will be based on the instructors’ experience with developing a podcast from the ground up from equipment to technique to production, editing, and publishing. This hands-on program will allow participants to see, touch and use the equipment. The only way to really learn is by doing and this program will be an experience in the facets of podcasting. The best part is that this tech and experience can be transferred to a patron service as well.

Chris DeCristofaro is the Technology Librarian who is the Department Head of The Studio, Sachem Public Library’s maker space. Chris is also the creator and co-host of” The Library Pros” a podcast about libraries and technology.  Chris moderates a monthly tech meeting for librarians and IT professionals talking about makerspaces and tech.  He is also the former President of the Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association.  He is also co-author of the book “Best Technologies for Public Libraries”. Chris has been a librarian since 2002 and has spoken previously at NYLA, the Long Island Library Conference, Long Island Library Resources Council, and Computers in Libraries.

Bob Johnson is the Director of Information Technology at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library. Bob is an active member of the Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association.  He has spoken at numerous seminars and organizations across the Northeast region, including NYLA.  



CE-C: Financial FAQs for Nonprofits 
Sponsor: Friends of Libraries Section (FLS)
What forms must be filed with the IRS?  How do we handle sales tax?  What are the rules concerning audits?  What are the restrictions for fundraisers?  Members of nonprofit boards often are looking for authoritative answers to financial questions.  John C. Parcell IV, CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner, and accountant Nathan Wray will discuss the duties of boards to appropriately administer the financial aspects of a nonprofit, both Friends organizations and public libraries.  Some Friends have nearly jeopardized their nonprofit status by failing to meet regulations that govern charity operations.  If you are unsure of how to be compliant and properly manage your groups or library’s assets, our speakers will provide advice on how to implement governance policies needed by the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013, procedures for acknowledging donations, and financial reporting practices for 501(c)(3) organizations. 

John C. Parcell IV, CPA, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant in Canton.  He offers a comprehensive range of accounting services including auditing, bookkeeping, QuickBooks® training, tax preparation, small business start-up, strategic tax planning, and consulting.  John assists commercial businesses, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, and individuals and has served as an internal auditor for the Potsdam Public Library.  John received his Associate’s degree in Accounting from SUNY College of Technology at Canton in 1992 and his BS in Accounting from Clarkson University in 1994.  He has been licensed as a Certified Fraud Examiner since December 2004.  

Nathan B. Wray, EA has been practicing Audit and Accounting with the firm for nearly ten years as a Staff Accountant. He received his Associate’s degree in Accounting from SUNY Canton College in 2010, his BS in Finance from SUNY Canton in 2013.  Nathan is also licensed as an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. Many of the audits that he performs are in the nonprofit sector.



CANCELED CE-D: Playing in the Digital Sandbox: A Recap of Technology for Services and Programs in the Age of COVID-19
Sponsor: Continuing Education Committee (CEC) 
COVID-19 and the temporary closure of libraries have resulted in staff inventively transitioning many services and programs to a virtual environment. This has resulted in a steep learning curve for staff, in understanding what free and/or affordable technology is available, how to use these tools effectively, and how to ensure the longevity of these virtual offerings. During this workshop, we aim to recap the many creative technology solutions that staff has found during COVID-19, the criteria for using these various technologies and virtual platforms, and provide opportunities for participants to “play” with various digital modules.

Sara Reed specializes in Gaming, Pop Culture, and STEAM programming. She has served as the Teen Librarian for Queens Library at Fresh Meadows for over 4 years. She also enjoys learning about tech in libraries and still seeks the feeling of absolute power that came with once having had unfettered access to a 3D printer.




Mark Dondero started his work as a librarian in 2016 right after earning his MLIS, working for Queens Library at the Jackson Heights Branch as a Teen Librarian. In December 2019, he moved to the Peninsula Branch, where he started a Dungeons and Dragons group. He is the co-chair of the Teen Gaming Committee formed during COVID to pursue virtual gaming programming for teens, which hosts many different gaming programs on a regular basis since April 2020. He is a huge fan of gaming, fantasy, and anime, and always looking forward to that next quiet evening with his favorite tea and a good book.


Alexandria Armstrong has a BA in psychology from the University of Akron and went on to receive her MLIS from Syracuse University. She started her career as the teen librarian at Queens Public Library right before the pandemic struck, and exploring her first year virtually was a challenge, to say the least. As a lifelong nerd of anime, cosplay, and gaming, she immediately joined the Teen Gaming Committee with her coworkers. Since then, they’ve successfully run a number of virtual RPGs and other games for the teens in their community.  


Kathy Starks, MLIS, is a teacher-librarian at Owego Free Academy in Owego, NY. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and, after managing the Gothic Bookshop at Duke University, returned to school to earn her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kathy has taught in such diverse geographical areas as North Carolina, Georgia, and now New York, where she develops original collaborative lesson plans, presents on educational technology and best practices at local, state, and national conferences, and shares her love of reading with students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Nearly two decades after starting her library career, Kathy continues to find a new appreciation for her profession, her students in the Owego Apalachin Central School District in Owego, NY, and her teaching colleagues.



PreConference Workshop Registration Rates

Half-Day Workshops Early Bird (9/30) Advanced (10/15)
NYLA Members $65 $80
Non-Members $90 $105
Full Day Workshops    
NYLA Members $95 $110
Non-Members $125 $140

* Two half-day workshops will be billed at the same rate as one full day workshop.