40th Annual Long Island Library Conference:
A World of Opportunities

First Session:  9am to 10am

Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA & SCLA Pop Culture Committee
Title:                     Too Hot to Handle?   Adult Graphic Novels in the Library
Arrangers:           Valerie Acklin and Laura Giunta

While libraries have embraced youth-oriented graphic novels, adult versions can face an uphill battle due to their depictions of sex, violence, and mature themes.  Worries can range from offending patrons, to negative media coverage, to finding shelving solutions.  We’ll explore the value of the format for adults, how to best serve a wide variety of patrons (while providing unencumbered access), as well as how to prepare for possible challenges.

Speakers:            Amy Reeder:  Comics Artist (Rocket Girl, Batwoman),Brandon Montclare:  Comics Writer (Rocket Girl, Batman:  Legends of the Dark Knight),Josh Firer:  Bellmore Memorial Library, Valerie Acklin:  Bellmore Memorial Library

 

Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA Children’s Services Division
Title:                     Stories, Imagination and Science!
Arranger:             Keith Klang
Speaker:              Jason Chin, Author and Illustrator of several non-fiction children’s books, will discuss his craft.  His bibliography includes Redwoods (2009), Island:  A Story of the Galapagos (2012), Coral Reefs (2011) and Gravity (2014).

 

Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA Support Staff Division
Title:                     Security in the Library
Arranger:             Connie Stanga

All facilities face a certain level of risk associated with various threats.  These threats can be the result of natural events, accidents, or intentional acts to cause harm.  Regardless of the threat, libraries like any public institution have a responsibility to limit or manage risks from these threats.  Come listen as Chris Romance talks about security in the library

Speaker:              Chris Romance, President of the Emergency Response Consulting Group, Inc

 

Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA Reference and Adult Services Division
Title:                     A Fair to Remember.
Arranger:             Ellen Druda

Learn Best Practices and Techniques for Hosting a Fair at your Public Library.

Speakers:            Karen Cognato, Programs and Publicity, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Margie Hartough, Teen Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Monica Salo, Children’s Services Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Edna Susman, Reference Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

 

Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA Academic & Special Libraries Division
Title:                     Emerging Technologies Panel
Arranger:             Alexandra Janvey

Join this panel for brief presentations of emerging technologies that are being used in academic libraries. Learn about being an embedded Librarian in online courses, using mobile technology, and incorporating games into information literacy instruction and other programs.

Speakers:            Kimberly Mullins, Instructional Design Librarian at LIU Post

William Caniano, Business Librarian & Assistant Professor at Hofstra University

Danielle Apfelbaum, Librarian, New York Institute of Technology

 

Sponsoring Committee:  Long Island Library Conference Committee
Title:                     History & Archives:  Raising Awareness of Collections with Events, Projects,
Partnerships, and Archival Resources.
Arranger:              Eileen Gazzola

Records of the past have significant meaning.  They can reveal soldier stories, family histories, and helps towns remember/memorialize significant people and events in their community.  There are many ways to promote awareness about the importance of your collections.  The first part of the program will focus on specific community events.  The second part will discuss partnerships, and organizing archival resources within your own library and reaching offsite audiences with blogs, websites and other finding aids.

Speakers: 

Teresa Schwind, Assistant Director, Huntington Public Library, will discuss the 150th Civil War town wide community celebration in Huntington and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick.

Regina G. Feeney, Librarian/Archivist, Freeport Memorial Library, will discuss anniversary commemorations with monuments, markers and trophies in and around the Freeport area.

Dorothy Dougherty, Programs Director, National Archives at New York City, will discuss how the archives partners with additional archives, cultural institutions, and libraries to enhance research and outreach efforts.

Christine Angel, Ph.D., St. John’s University, will discuss how librarians can organize resources within their own library and reaching offsite audiences with blogs, websites, and other finding aids.

Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA RASD Multicultural Outreach Services and Information Committee
Title:                     From America to Long Island:  We are all Immigrants.
Arrangers:           Beth Donovan/Elma Lugo

Long Island has sometimes been referred to as a bellwether for the national immigration debate, providing fertile ground for heated discussions and escalating tensions.  While recent years have seen a relative calm in the storm, Long Islanders still benefit if they know the facts as opposed to the myths about immigrants and immigration.  This session will focus on the root causes of migration from Mexico and Central America, U.S. Immigration policy, and immigrants’ contributions to and impact on our Long Island communities and economy.  Hear from speakers who have traveled to Mexico and learned first-hand from Mexican citizens about the impact of U.S. Immigration and trade policies on their families and communities south of the border.  Other speakers will share recent research on immigrants’ roles in the Long Island economy and provide information updates on current federal immigration laws and policy.

Speakers:            Sandra Dunn, Immigration Program Director, Hagedorn Foundation

Beth Donovan, MMS Literacy Coordinator- Witness for Peace Delegate 2014

David Newman, Executive Director JCRC- LI- Witness for Peace Delegate 2014.

Maurice Williams, Immigration Attorney

Christopher Chilo Cajigas, Poet, Musician and Rapper

 

Mid-Morning Slot—10:30 am to 11:30 am

Sponsoring Committee:  Public Library Director’s Association
Title:                     Library Politics & Advocacy:  An Insider’s Perspective
Arranger:             Lauren Nichols

NYLA Lobbyist will share the secrets of the trade and what happens behind the scene with Library Politics and Advocacy in New York.

Speaker:               Mike Neppl- Director of Government Relations & Advocacy, NYLA

 

Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA Computer & Technical Services Division
Title:                     The Digital Services Conundrum
Arranger:             James Matias

Libraries are fighting an uphill battle to compete with services being streamed directly to the home.  Join us as we discuss the tools that librarians need, and the staff that libraries will need, to provide meaningful and relevant digital services to our patrons.

Speakers:             

Stephen Ingram, Northport-East Northport Public Library

Nick Tanzi, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library

Bob Johnson, Emma S. Clark Memorial Library

 

Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA Young Adult Services Division
Title:                     Handling Difficult Topics with Young Adults
Arranger:             Michael Buono

We have all been put on the spot when a teen confesses something about their lives that we are not trained to handle.  It might be the death of a parent, their sexuality or thoughts of suicide.  Come learn how to handle those moments with grace while performing your duty as a librarian and a responsible adult.

Speaker:              Michael Chiappone, Adjunct Lecturer at Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

 

Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA Reference and Adult Services Division
Title:                     Self- Published Books in Libraries:  A Way Forward
Arranger:             Ellen Druda

Libraries struggle to meet the demands of local authors while still purchasing traditionally high demand materials.  Library Journal (LJ) has partnered with BiblioBoard to develop SELF-e, an ebook platform that offers a way to find the best self-published books using reviews, genres, and state.

Speaker:              Henrietta Verma, (hverma@mediasourceinc.com,@ettaverma) is reviews editor at Library Journal and edits LJ’s reference and science review columns.  Before joining LJ’s staff, Etta was reference editor at SLJ for five years and edited that magazine’s Series Made Simple supplement.  Etta, who is from Ireland, has also been a reference librarian and a library director and is the mom of two avid readers.

 

Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
Title:                     Open Spaces:  Resisting Censorship of Library Exhibits & Performances
Arranger:             Michael Matuszewski

What censorship issues may arise when libraries host exhibits and performances?  Are your library policies in sync with ALA principles of intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights? Ms. Robyn Bellospirito, an artist, will discuss her experiences with censorship and exhibiting in a public space.

Speaker:              Robyn Bellospirito, Artist

 

Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA Academic & Special Libraries Division
Title:                     The Unappreciated Backstage Role of Libraries in the Cultural Richness of
American Books
Arranger:             Sue DeMasi and Bruce Seger

Author James McGrath will talk about his most recently published book, The Eye on the Struggle:  Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press.  He will also discuss how biography and narrative non-fiction books wouldn’t be possible without libraries, librarians, archives and archivists.

Speaker:              James McGrath Morris is an author who primarily writes biographies and works of narrative nonfiction.  His books include Pulitzer:  A Life in Politics, Print, and Power, The Rose Man of Sing Sing:  A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism, and The eye on the Struggle:  Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press.  He is currently working on The Ambulance Drivers:  Hemingway and Dos Passos- Literary Lives in War and Peace that will be published in 2017.  He is the former president of Biographers International Organization, of which he was among the original founders.

 

Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA Support Staff
Title:                     Disaster Preparedness:  Before, During & After
Arranger:             Pat Beckley, NYS OEM Regional Director for Long Island

NYS Citizen Preparedness:  This course will provide an introduction to responding to a disaster, manmade or natural.  The course will cover the main tasks that need to be done to prepare, respond and recover from such an event while at work or in your community.  At the end of this course, you should be able to describe the types of disasters, know how to better prepare, respond and recover from an event, and know how to sustain yourself, your family, your library and your community better in the event of a manmade or natural disaster.

Attendees will receive an American Red Cross safety kit:  mini first aid kit, foil blanket, surgical mask, rain poncho and light stick.

Learn how to prepare for, respond during and recover after a disaster.

Speaker:              Celia Vollmer, American Red Cross Trainer

 

Afternoon Session III—3pm to 4pm

Sponsoring Committee:  Long Island Library Conference Committee
Title:                     Google Drive:  Going Beyond Docs and Sheets
Arranger:             Alexandra Janvey

Google Drive is a free and easy way to create, share, and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.  There are also simple tools for creating forms and surveys.  Learn all the tips and tricks for getting the most out of Google Drive, including what you need to know about permissions and revisions, and how to add extra functionality to your spreadsheets and forms with Google Apps Script!

Speaker:              Valerie Forrestal, Assistant Professor and Web Services Librarian, College of Staten Island, CUNY

 

Sponsoring Committee:  Nassau Library System
Title:                     Be the Google of your Community
Arranger:             Marianne Malagon

Looking for new ways to promote the treasure trove of resources available through your library and ultimately increase their usage?  It all starts with empowering staff!  Patrons want to know “what can the library do for me?”  Staff need to know how to highlight resources to their patrons from that perspective.  This interactive session will provide you with information on how to help your staff become more comfortable and  knowledgable about the library’s resources from a patron focused perspective.

Speakers:            Marianne Malagon- Manager, Online Services & Technology, Nassau Library System

Michele Lipson- Computer Services Librarian, Bryant Library

 

Sponsoring Committee:  New York Black Librarians Caucus
Title:                     Keeping Yourself Relevant as a Librarian
Arranger:             Richard E. Ashby, Jr.

Are you interested in learning how to efficiently and effectively stay relevant in this challenging job market?  Do you want to learn how to tailor your resume to a specific field?  This Career Workshop is an exciting informational session that will help you identify valuable skills needed to help you in your profession.  Panelists will reveal their winning formula for success, what recruiters are looking for in today’s job market, and how to stay relevant and in the game.

Speakers:            Richard E. Ashby, Jr.—Director Yeadon Public Library, CEO Literacy Nation Inc.

                                Mary K. Chelton, Ph.D, M.P.H., M.L.S., College Professor, writer and Library Superstar

Nancy Evans, Young Adult Services, Levitown Public Library

Syntchia Kendrick-Samuel- Head of Teen Services, Uniondale Public Library

 

Sponsoring Committee:  LILRC Regional Technology & Media Committee
Title:                     Usability Studies for Library Websites and Mobile Apps
Arranger:             Christina Rivera
Join this session to learn valuable (and quite surprising) tips on how to hold productive usability research for any library website. Using two usability studies conducted for Adelphi Libraries’ website as an example, Stan will share his team’s successes and mistakes. He will also discuss two design-based studies he completed in order to inform the development of a mobile information literacy game, mobiLit. This session includes lots of practical advice, and a top-secret technique to use in focus groups that is guaranteed to speed up the design process and focus on the user.

Speaker:              Stanislav (Stan) Bogdanov, Instructional Multimedia Specialist at Adelphi University

 

Sponsoring Committee:  Beta Mu Chapter, Beta Phi Mu International Library & Information Studies Society
Title:                     Humor in Everyday Life
Arranger:             Sandy Bucher

Mr. Zezima will talk about how to write humor, which is a subject that he “knows nothing about, but has somehow managed to write more than minimum wage.”  He has written two books, “Leave it to Boomer” and “The Empty Nest Chronicles,” plus his column for the Stamford (CT) Advocate.

Speaker:              Jerry Zezima, author, columnist for the Stamford Advocate. His column is also nationally syndicated for Newsday, and appears as a regular feature for the Huffington Post.

 

Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA & SCLA Reference & Adult Services Division
Title:                     Assisting Job Seekers on the Front Line
Arranger:             Susan Santa

How can libraries better serve the many people that are already using the library to look and apply for jobs?  How can we reach out to job hunters who don’t know about the depth of resources available to them at the library?

This interactive session presented by NLS Outreach Specialist, Andrea Synder will cover:

Local & national resources and organizations that are available to assist job seekers.

Ideas and practices that are easy to implement in the library

Best practices for providing services to job seekers.

Speaker:               Andrea Snyder, Outreach Services Specialist, Nassau Library System

 

Sponsoring Committee:  Long Island Library Conference Committee
Title:                     Writing and Publishing:  A Just-Do-It Approach
Arranger:             Alexandra Janvey

Our profession depends on sharing, communicating, and learning from others.  We need our librarians to offer ideas, suggestions, and research that will inform the rest of us and lead us into the future.  Fortunately, the processes and the production of professional writing can be interpreted with broad strokes in a variety of ways.  It is quite easy to start out small, to dip your feet in, and slowly ease your way into writing and publishing for the profession.  This presentation will explore ways to get started, ideas to stay motivated, and tips to make it fun.

Speaker:              Susanne Markgren, Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College Library

Please click here to view the 2014 Long Island Library Conference programs.