41st Annual Long Island Library Conference:
Shaping the Future

First Session:  9am to 10am

Sponsoring Committee: NCLA Support Staff

Title:                        Managing Thought, the Key to Being at Your Best Everyday
Location:                 Salons 1, 2, 3
Arranger(s):           Connie Stanga

Bestselling author Jim Ryan will discuss things such as: happiness comes before success, self awareness, the nature of thought, your happiness quotient, the placebo effect, gratitude is the place to start and visualization. With quotes, humor, anecdotes and song, this program will have you leaving excited about the possibilities of living a happy joy-filled life! As library workers, we need to be at our best every day. Each one is the face of the library as we interact with patrons. This program will offer practical strategies to do just that.

Speaker:
Jim Ryan, Bestselling author of Simple Happiness: 52 Easy Ways to Lighten Up, has a BA in French from Iona College and an MS in Counseling from Queens College. He has also appeared on numerous radio and TV shows.


Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA Computers and Technology Committee &
NCLA Pop Culture Committee

Title:                    Minecraft Basics
Location:             Salons 4, 5, 6
Arrangers:          James Hutter & Laura Giunta

Have you heard about the gaming phenomena known as Minecraft, but have no clue what it is? Learn the basics of Minecraft, including definitions, gameplay options and more! We will explain the different versions of Minecraft, share event ideas and convince you that Minecraft is a terrific tool for any library looking to increase services to kids and teens. Bring your questions or experiences to the discussion!

Speaker(s):
James Hutter: Chairperson of NCLA Computers & Technology Committee, Westbury Public Library
Lisa Zuena: NCLA Pop Culture Committee Member, Massapequa Public Library
Jessica Breitman: NCLA Pop Culture Committee Member, Bellmore Public Library
James Hartmann: NCLA Computers & Technology Committee Member, Hewlett-Woodmere
Public Library


Sponsoring Committee:  Half Hollow Hills Community Library & Alzheimer’s Association LI Chapter 

Title:                     Crowd-pleasing Memory Programs
Location:             Salons 7, 8, 9, 10
Arranger(s):      Catherine Given, Virginia Pisciotta, &
                                Kate Anastasia                                                

Our four memory-themed programs address adults’ memory issues, from everyday forgetfulness to dementia, and help alleviate caregivers’ isolation and despair.

  • Memory Fitness: weekly at the library. Ginny Pisciotta founded and runs this. Seniors challenge their brains through puzzles, games and other activities. It’s open to everyone, including those with dementia. We also have a circulating memory care collection with books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games for all ability levels.
  • Memory Café: Monthly at a restaurant. Our partners, The LI Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, pay for the restaurant’s buffet, in a dining room provided free by the owner. Attendees dine, dance and sing along to our karaoke tunes and CDs. Last month we hosted over 50 people.
  • Music and Memory: Our library offers therapeutic, lifetime-loaned iPods for patrons’ family members affected by dementia.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association: provides 8-week, hour-long sessions in the library. People with early-stage Alzheimer’s partake in activities led by a recreational therapist, while their caregivers in an adjoining room attend a support group lead by the Association’s Program Director.

Speaker(s):
Catherine Given, Outreach Coordinator/Reference Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Virginia Pisciotta, Reference Department Library Assistant, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Helen Crosson, Executive Director, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Melissa Gallagher, Program Specialist, CRTS, CDP, Alzheimer’s Association LI Chapter


Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA New Adult Committee  

Title:                    Reimagining Library Design to Foster the Millennial Experience
Location:            Salons 11, 12
Arranger(s):       Michael Buono                                              

In this session, Danny Tanzi and Pansy Cheng will discuss the unique opportunities for sustainable retrofits and expansions that not only address the experience of seniors and children; but updates the design approach to capture the millennial patrons.  With each having more than 20 years of experience in designing and managing various public works projects, Mr. Tanzi and Ms. Cheng have focused on the public library market sector for the past 15 years.

Speaker(s):
Danny Tanzi, PE, RA, LEED AP, Assistant Vice President/Senior Architect
Pansy Cheng, RA, LEED AP, Senior Architect at H2M architects & engineers


Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA YASD 

Title:                      The Challenges of Common Core and How Librarians Can Help
Location:               Nassau/Suffolk
Arranger(s):         Casey Fehn                                              

Michael Hynes will be discussing the challenges of Common Core and what librarians can do to help. He will also speak about effective partnerships libraries and schools can form to best assist both the teachers and the students in today’s learning environment.

Speaker:
Dr. Michael Hynes, Superintendent of the Patchogue Medford School District


Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA Outreach Committee  

Title:                      Serving in Silence: Interactions with the Deaf Community
Location:               Roosevelt
Arranger(s):         Mary Robinson

Ms. Murray will discuss how library staff can increase the quality of customer service to deaf patrons, share a few basic signs useful when communicating with deaf patrons, include tips on what to look for when acquiring an interpreter and talk about the library’s obligation to provide equal access to services as indicated by the ADA.

Speaker:
Loretta H. Murray, Esq., Executive Director Mill Neck Services


Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA & SCLA RASD  

Title:                      Guerrilla Outreach: 10 Tips for Connecting to your Local Community
Location:               Vanderbilt
Arranger(s):         Rose Marut & Marcia Olsen

How can your library use a limited budget to connect effectively with your community and build awareness for programs and resources? Guerrilla outreach will give you 10 simple ways to reach your community on a tight budget. Get smarter with outreach and you’ll build a great reputation for your library and enhance your community relations.

Speaker:
David Vinjamuri, Contributor to Forbes, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Marketing at New York University, Author of “Accidental Branding: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Brands”


Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA OARS   

Title:                    How Librarians can assist U.S. Military Vets and their Families
Location:             Whitman
Arranger(s):       Cindy Miller

Veterans and their families face difficult challenges during and after military service. Mr. Roger Leathers and Melanie Cardon Leathers will discuss how libraries can aide veterans in adjusting to civilian life.

Speaker(s):
Roger Leathers, Director of Programs at East End Veteran Residence in Riverhead
Melanie Cardone Leathers, Local History Librarian at Longwood Public Library


Mid- Morning Slot—10:30am to 11:30 am

Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA Computers & Technology Committee     

Title:                    No Barriers – Striving to Eliminate All Barriers to Access
Location:             Salons 1, 2, 3
Arranger(s):       James Hutter

Even today, libraries are still implementing significant barriers for our users to overcome to access our resources. Over the last 18 months, the Westbury Library has identified areas in Children, Teen and Adult services where usage was unnecessarily restricted. Once we removed barriers to access, our usage exploded. Join us as we explain our philosophy and share exciting tales of what worked and what didn’t!

Speaker(s):
James Hutter, Head of Technology at Westbury Memorial Public Library
Emily Farrell, Head of Children’s Library, Westbury Memorial Public Library
Ali Blau, Head of Young Adult Services, Westbury Memorial Public Library


Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA Children’s Services Division      

Title:         Who am I? Rebecca Stead Talks about Identity and the Revelatory Experience of Knowing Yourself
Location:              Salons 4, 5, 6
Arranger(s):        Emily Trezza

Children’s author Rebecca Stead will talk about why honest emotion is arguably the most important thing we can write about, in any genre.

Speaker:
Rebecca Stead, Children’s Author


Sponsoring Committee:  Suffolk PLDA     

Title:                     The Morning After: The budget passed – now what?
Location:              Salons 7, 8, 9, 10
Arranger(s):        Lauren Nichols

Library Advocacy is more than just getting the budget passed. Join John Chrastka, founder and director of the nationwide library PAC EveryLibrary as he shares how to turn voters into constituents and donors throughout the year.

Speaker:
John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary


Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA CATS     

Title:                     Makerspaces on a Budget
Location:              Salons 11, 12
Arranger(s):        Nick Tanzi

Many libraries are interested in starting a makerspace, but are deterred by the costs involved. In this program, we’ll discuss cost saving measures, free and inexpensive options and methods of maximizing your investment.

Speaker(s):
Chris DeCristofaro: Adult Services/Technology Librarian, Sachem Public Library
Nick Tanzi: Head of Digital Services, Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library
Bob Johnson: Manager of Information and Technology Services, Emma S. Clark Memorial Library


Sponsoring Committee:  Long Island Library Conference Committee       

Title:                     Shaping the Future Together: School and Public Library Partnerships
Location:              Nassau/Suffolk
Arranger(s):        Carisse Bormann & Alice Robinson

The speakers will demonstrate how they have grown their partnership over the past 2 years to enhance students learning experience inside and outside of the classroom. Carisse and Alice will explain the steps they personally took to forge a path that led to learning well beyond the classroom walls. What started as 1 or 2 schools participating in librarian visits a year has transformed into all 5 elementary schools, Junior High and High Schools welcoming Public Librarians to promote Summer reading programs, as well as, online databases and electronic resources.

The Public Librarians also visit all schools for PTA meetings, and have collaborated with the art teachers to display student’s art works in the public library. In addition, the public librarians have worked with special education teachers to make sure that the Public Library is offering programs and resources to benefit not only all members of its community but also those with disabilities and English as New Language Learners (formerly English as a Second Language). Recently, both groups collaborated to present online resources to parents at Parent University Night which was arranged by the school District. More future collaboration is planned.

Speaker(s):
Carisse Bormann, Children’s Librarian, West Babylon Public Library
Alice Robinson, K-12 Library Chairperson & JHS Librarian


Sponsoring Committee:  Middle Country Public Library & Freeport Memorial Library       

Title:                      Serving the Business Community
Location:              Roosevelt
Arranger(s):        Elizabeth Malafi & Barbara Spinelli

While it is not necessary for every public library to have a dedicated business center, they should all be prepared to help the local business community, new entrepreneurs, and job seekers. Join representatives from two Long Island business libraries to learn why it is important and how you can leverage these services at your library.

Speaker:
Elizabeth Malafi: Coordinator of Adult Services and the Miller Business Resource Center, Middle Country Public Library
Barbara Spinelli: Business Resource Information Center, Freeport Memorial Library
Regina Feeney: Business Resource Information Center, Freeport Memorial Library
Sal DiVincenzo: Miller Business Resource Center, Middle Country Public Library


Sponsoring Committee(s):  NCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, SCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee & Long Island Coalition Against Censorship.

Title:                      The Librarian as Censor: Are You Out of Step with the Library Bill of Rights?
Location:               Vanderbilt
Arranger(s):        Jeffrey Feinsilver

Self-censorship by librarians, whether performed consciously or unintentionally, can impede intellectual freedom and seriously impact user groups. Come hear our panel discuss various aspects of this issue and respond to audience feedback.

Speaker(s):
Bea Baaden – Director, School Library Media Program & Associate Professor, Long Island University, C.W. Post Center
Kevin McCoy – Chairperson, SCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee & Professor of Library Services at Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus
Frank McKenna – Board Member, NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee & Director, Seaford Public Library


Sponsoring Committee:  Half Hollow Hills Community Library      

Title:                     Veterans Testimonial Project: Preserving Our Past for the Future
Location:              Whitman
Arranger(s):        Edna Susman

Learn how to work with the Library of Congress to preserve important veterans history. Attendees will learn how to organize veterans interviews and produce a DVD for each. Walk through the process of planning a moving reception to honor all the veterans, including opportunities for local teen volunteers who create patriotic blankets as gifts and recount their experiences listening to veteran stories.

Speaker(s):
Edna Susman, Reference Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Ellen Druda, Technology & Internet Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Margie Hartough, Teen Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library


Afternoon Session III—3pm to 4pm

Sponsoring Committee:  The New York Black Librarians Caucus      

Title: Libraries and Literacy Are Synonymous: Strong partnerships with Community-based
organizations can keep us relevant in the 21st Century
Location:              Salons 1, 2, 3
Arranger(s):        Sandra Michele Echols & Tiffany Alston

Throughout history libraries have been referred as community hubs and resource place for new immigrants, the unemployed, at-risk youth, and individuals seeking their high school equivalency diploma, at no cost. Collaborations between libraries and other community-based organizations are essential for the 21st century library to remain relevant and competitive in today’s Digital Age. Our workshop will provide attendees with examples and ideas on how to successfully partner with other entities to create a win-win collaboration with the constituent in mind.

Speaker(s):
Shauntee Burns-Simpson, New York Public Library
Sandra Michele Echols, Gill Library @ the College of New Rochelle
Tiffany Alston, New York Public Library
Richard Ashby, Yeadon Public Library


Sponsoring Committee:  LibraryReads  

Title:                      Building Communities of Readers Using LibraryReaders “Staff Picks”
Location:              Salons 4, 5, 6
Arranger(s):        Allison Escoto

Many of the smartest and most passionate readers work in public libraries. Every day, staff across Long Island share the books they love with patrons. Now, they can reach beyond the library walls and local communities and tell the rest of the country about the books they can’t wait to share. Launched in fall 2013, LibraryReads harnesses the value of “library staff picks” into a single nation-wide discovery tool. Attendees will find out how LibraryReads enhances readers’ advisory services and provides staff with professional development and marketing opportunities. The nuts and bolts of obtaining ARC’s (advance reading copies) and the nomination process with be covered.

Speaker(s):
Miriam Tuliao, New York Public Library
Stephanie Anderson, Darien Public Library
Allison Escoto, LibraryReads Administrative Coordinator, Queens Public Library


Sponsoring Committee:  New York Library Association        

Title:                   Sustainable Thinking
Location:             Salons 7, 8, 9, 10
Arranger(s):        Jeremy Johannesen

Libraries of all types must take an active, visible role in building sustainable, resilient and regenerative communities. Our future depends on it. We will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a “whole systems approach” to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way.

Speaker:
Matthew Bollerman, Library Director, Hauppauge Public Library


Sponsoring Committee:  SCLA Fandom Outreach Committee        

Title:                   Fandom in Libraries: Connecting with Underserved Fandom Communities
Location:             Salons 11, 12
Arranger(s):        Stefanie Gangone

The Fandom Outreach Committee works towards reaching out to the fan based community by going to the conventions they attend. There are many ways that your library can attract this diverse community through programming, book selection, and being in touch with their interests. We will talk about how the general public is participating more in various fandoms (Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Marvel Universe, DC Comics) and the fandom community is getting a lot wider and libraries have a great opportunity to bring in all ages of people, including New Adults who have been a challenge to connect with in the past.

Speaker(s):
Stefanie Gangone, Head of YA Services at Copiague Library
Mike Buono, President of YASD, Patchogue-Medford Library
Justine Berretta, Librarian at Copiague Library


Sponsoring Committee:  Suffolk CLASC         

Title:                     Family Story Treasures: Preserving the Past, Enriching the Future
Location:              Nassau/Suffolk
Arranger(s):         Lisa Herskowitz

This workshop explores ways to rekindle memories and to rediscover family and community history worth passing on to future generations. Personal stories are invisible treasures more valuable than heirlooms held in the hand.

Speaker:
Heather Forest, storyteller, educator, recording artist and author. She has published 18 award winning books and recordings. Ms. Forest holds a Master’s Degree in Storytelling and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change. She is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award presented by the National Storytelling Network.


Sponsoring Committee:  New York Public Library          

Title:                     Promoting Family History Research in Your Library
Location:              Roosevelt
Arranger(s):         Megan Margino

Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Learn how to use the resources available in your library to help patrons explore their family history. This workshop will cover the basics of genealogy research and how to effectively answer genealogy reference questions. We’ll also discuss ideas for programs that will bring interested parties to your library.

Speaker:
Megan Margino, Librarian II at New York Public Library


Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA & SCLA RASD           

Title:                     Forecast: It’s a Cloudy Day at Reference
Location:              Vanderbilt
Arranger(s):         Stephen Ingram

As technology advances, it’s time for Reference services to have a new relationship with these developing cloud services, and incorporate them into daily duties. Join our presenters as they discuss opportunities to incorporate cloud technology into traditional reference workflow. Track statistics, store, share and collaborate on documents. Make presentations and take notes using a browser and plugins as well as OneNote or Evernote. Create digital signatures and graphics using web based sites, and experiment with tablets to converse in another language.

Speaker(s):
Stephen Ingram, Digital Librarian, Northport-East Northport Public Library
James Hartmann, Digital Services Librarian, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library


Sponsoring Committee:  NCLA ASLD           

Title:                  Outside the Library: A Look at Librarians Collaborating Across Campus
Location:           Whitman
Arranger(s):      Lawrence Paretta  

This program will consist of two presentations focusing on librarian-led collaborations taking place at two universities located on Long Island. The first, led by Lawrence Paretta and Eduardo Rivera, focuses on a successful collaboration between the English Dept. and the Library at LIU Post. The presentation will focus on the history of the collaboration, the type of instruction provided and in what ways the partnership benefits the students as well as the academic units involved. Assessment methods and results are also described in detail. The second program will be led by Danielle Apfelbaum and will discuss the collaboration between the Library and Career Services department at NYIT. Her presentation will illustrate a systematic but flexible approach for developing valuable programming for a variety of campus stakeholders, and discuss how these experiences and tools can inform collaborative program development for other types of libraries.

Speaker(s):
Lawrence Paretta, Coordinator of Instruction, LIU Post
Eduardo Rivera, Head of Reference Services, LIU Post
Danielle Apfelbaum, Librarian II, New York Institute of Technology