Long Island Library Conference postponed until 2023

When we were last in touch with you, we were hoping to see you on Thursday, May 12th of 2022 at our annual conference.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we will be able to hold our conference in person in a way that will keep our attendees and vendors safe during the continuing COVID pandemic.  Because of this, the Long Island Library Committee, a joint committee of the Nassau County Library Association and The Suffolk County Library Association, has made the difficult decision to postpone the conference until May 11th of 2023.

While it may seem premature to be making the decision not to hold the conference in May, please understand that the planning required to put together our annual event takes over 10 months.   

Aside from outstanding programs, the Long Island Library Conference is known for providing the  opportunity to connect with current and past colleagues, to network, and to establish or strengthen relationships with vendors – all of which our attendees enjoy doing in person.  

In addition, the interactive nature of our conference floor makes it almost impossible for us to provide a virtual experience that would come even close to the quality to which you have become accustomed. 

We would rather postpone the conference until the following year, giving the public health situation more time to improve, so that we can bring you the quality programs, networking opportunities, and vendors you deserve – in person.

Again, we appreciate your loyalty, and are grateful to you for standing with us during this difficult and uncertain time in all our lives. We sincerely hope to see you all, up close and in person, on May 11, 2023.

~The Long Island Library Conference Committee

Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration Is Now Open!

The last three conferences have sold out; act now to secure your place at Long Island’s largest conference for the library community! For more information and to register, visit our Exhibitor Registration page.

Want to make more of an impact or can’t send a representative? Take out an ad in our conference guide or become a sponsor.

For more information about ads and/or sponsorship opportunities, visit our Ads/Sponsorships page or contact

Submit Your Program Proposals for the 2023 Conference

Program proposal submissions are now open! The theme for this year’s conference is “Reunited;” however, program proposals do not have to relate to this year’s theme as we welcome all program ideas on a variety of topics.

Library Associations and Divisions are invited to submit their proposed program offerings.

The guidelines and online submission form can be found on the website at

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2023 Long Island Library Conference is December 31, 2022. Feel free to email with any questions.

Nancy Pearl – Author, Literary Critic, and “America’s Librarian”

We are excited to announce that noted literary critic and “America’s Librarian” Nancy Pearl will be the 2023 keynote speaker for the Long Island Library Conference. Nancy is a lifelong reader and supporter of libraries. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and on her monthly “Book Lust with Nancy Pearl” show on the Seattle Channel. Her most recent accolade is the “Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community” presented to her by the National Book Foundation in 2021. 

Save the Date! Our Next Conference Will Be Held on May 11, 2023

The committee is excited to announce that the 2023 Long Island Library Conference will be held in person on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Melville Marriott.  We’re working hard to provide a day filled with informational programs, great speakers, and networking opportunities and are looking forward to being “Reunited” with all of our attendees.

Submissions for program proposals are now open. Further guidelines can be found here. Use the LILC Google Form to submit your proposal. If you have any questions, please contact the 2023 Program Chair, Jeff Baker at

Check back here for more news as the date approaches.

The Conference Committee Mourns the Passing of Deidre Goode

With deep sadness the Long Island Library Conference Committee mourns the passing of Deidre Goode.

She was the 2015 Chairperson of the Long Island Library Conference.

Diedre was the Department Head of Children’s Services of the Great Neck Library and received her Master of Library and Information Science from Queens College.

We will remember Deidre’s vibrant spirit, wonderful sense of humor and her signature laugh.

The 2020 Long Island Library Conference has been Cancelled

For the last several weeks, the Nassau and Suffolk County Library Associations and the Long Island Library Conference Committee have been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, hoping it would be possible to hold the Long Island Library Conference on schedule and safely.

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this year’s conference in order to ensure the health and safety of our community of attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and supporters. We hope that all program speakers, vendors, and registrants will adjust their schedules and be with us on Thursday, May 13th 2021 at the Melville Marriott. Should the new date not permit your participation, please contact the committee.

We thank you for your patience during these challenging times and appreciate your cooperation. The Committee looks forward to seeing you next year and is putting renewed energy into planning a great conference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note the following information regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Long Island Library Conference:

I am a registered attendee, do I need to cancel my registration?

No. At this time you do not need to cancel your registration with us. We will roll over all attendee registration to next year’s conference, which will be held on Thursday, May 13th 2021.

I am a speaker, do I need to cancel my participation?

No. You do not need to cancel your participation with us. We hope that you will be able to present at the 2021 conference. If that date does not permit your participation, please contact your arranger.

I am an exhibiting company, do I need to cancel my booth or sponsorship?

No. At this time you do not need to cancel your participation with us. We will simply roll over your booth registration to next year’s event. We truly appreciate your participation and cooperation during this crisis.

All exhibiting companies have been emailed separately with additional information and instructions pertaining to their booth due to this year’s conference being cancelled.

We encourage you to visit the following sites for updates and advice on the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control

NYS Department of Health

Nassau County Department of Health

Important Nassau County Links and Information from Laura Curran

Steve Bellone Suffolk County COVID-19 Updates

Early Bird Registration for the 2020 Long Island Library Conference ends on Friday!

Registration for the 45th Long Island Library Conference will be increasing in price after March 6th. Be a savvy shopper and save yourself (or your library) some money and sign up by end-of-day on Friday.

Be sure to reserve your spot to hear Nancy Pearl give the keynote address and present her “Doorways to Reading” program. Click here to register and please see the attached flyer for rates and additional details.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Association Registration Is Now Open

Nassau and Suffolk County library associations are invited to apply to have a booth at the Long Island Library Conference. More information about staffing a booth is available here.

If you are interested in requesting a booth for your association, please complete the online form.  
Click here to access the form.

Questions? Email Melanie Cardone Leathers at