43nd Annual Long Island Library Conference:
Together Towards Tomorrow – May 3, 2018


View program sessions:    Session I (9am-10am)     Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)      Session III (3pm-4pm)

Session I:  9:00am – 10am

The Future of Reference Services
Ellen Firer, Director of Merrick Library
Trina Reed, Director of Levittown Library
Caroline Ashby, Assistant Director of Nassau Library System
Sponsored by: SCLA & NCLA RASD
Arranged by: Cynthia HoSang and Rose Marut
Location: Salons I, II, III Upper Level    Session I (9:00am-10:00am)

The Member Library Directors’ Reinvention Committee was established in 2012 as a follow up to a program on Reinventing the Library. Currently, the Reinvention Committee, after attending a variety of conferences, particularly the “Library Leaders’ Summit” at Computers in Libraries, decided to focus on the future of Reference librarianship.

To begin with, we created surveys for staffs of representative libraries to gather data on what is currently being done at Reference desks. Roundtable groups will follow, to discuss what Reference librarians see as their job, and what direction they see it going in the future. These roundtable groups will be composed of either volunteers from the libraries in one group, recommendations by Directors of innovative and forward thinking librarians in another group, and then each member of the committee will have a group at their own library. At the end of the project, we will compile results, and the methodology and results of this project will be in our presentation.
Future of Reference Roundtable Discussions – Executive Summary

Stacking Up Against Opioids
Gail Feldman, Suffolk County Health Services Department
Sponsored by:
Long Island Library Resources Council
Arranged by:
Mark Navins, LILRC
Location: Salons IV, V, VI Upper Level  Session I (9:00am-10:00am)

Are you like other Long Islanders who are concerned about the opioid crisis, but don’t have enough information to understand their role in the crisis? In this informative presentation, librarians and library staff will learn about the contributing factors to and landscape of the opioid crisis on Long Island, and what is being done at the local and national levels to combat opioid addiction/access. After the presentation, library staff will have the opportunity to ask questions and share insights in a round table discussion that will help apply their newly discovered insights to the library setting.

Fostering Entrepreneurship at the Library through Technology
Speakers: Chris DeCristofaro, Technology Librarian, Sachem Public Library
James Hutter, Technology Librarian/Head of Computer Services, Port Washington Public Library
Nick Tanzi, Assistant Director of Technology Services, Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library
Sponsored by: SCLA-CATS and NCLA Computers and Technology Committee
Arranged by: Chris DeCristofaro, James Hutter, and Nick Tanzi
Location: Salons VII, VIII, IX, X Upper Level  Session I (9:00am-10:00am)

Libraries have traditionally not allowed businesses and individuals to make a living using the library as their place of business. Makerspaces have now blurred the lines. How do libraries balance those old policies with modern Makerspaces and excited patrons who see business opportunities? How can libraries best support this spirit of entrepreneurship with equipment and staff resources? Our presentation will discuss the urgent need to adjust this balance to better serve the library user of 2018.

Diversity in Youth Services
Speakers: Margaret Capobianco, Rockville Centre Public Library
Georgina Rivas, South Huntington Public Library
Sponsored by: NCLA Children’s Services Division
Arranged by:
Margaret Capobianco and Georgina Rivas
Location: Salons XI, XII Upper Level  Session I (9:00am-10:00am)

By the year 2020, the US Census Bureau projects that more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group. Despite this growing population, representation of diverse children and young adults as protagonists in literature is still lacking. Through the efforts of the grassroots organization, We Need Diverse Books, and outspoken authors such as the late Walter Dean Myers, progress is being made slowly.

As librarians, we have a duty to not only seek out diverse children and young adult books as part of collection development but to promote these books. Our program “Diversity in Youth Services,” will provide an overview of how librarians can proactively ensure that diverse children and young adult books are a vital part of story times, book discussions and summer and winter reading clubs. We will provide books lists, social media sites and ideas to make diverse children’s books an integral part of youth services librarianship.

Political Literacy @ Your Library
Peter Ward, Citizen USA
Sponsored by:
Long Island Library Conference Committee
Arranged by:
Peter Ward
Location: Nassau/Suffolk Room Lower Level  Session I (9:00am-10:00am)

Learn how public libraries can fight against voter apathy and ensure that voters will have the information they need to support and promote democracy; fulfill their civic responsibilities at the local, state, and national levels; and fully participate in community decision-making.

Enhancing Health Literacy: The Essential Role of Libraries and Librarians
Speakers: Terri Ann Parnell DNP, MA, RN, FAAN
Sponsored by: SCLA RASD Health Concerns, NCLA Health Concerns & LILRC Health Sciences Information Committees
Arranged by:
Sally Stieglitz & Salvatore J. Filosa
Location: Roosevelt Salon Lower Level  Session I (9:00am-10:00am)

Access to clear and actionable information is vital for effective individual health management. Libraries and librarians are essential, trusted community partners that can provide resources to help minimize the gap that exists between individual skills and abilities and the increasing demands and complexities of health care organizations. Health literacy is a precursor to health and is increasingly being viewed through a public health lens with a focus on health promotion and empowerment. Health literacy has been defined as the “degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions”. Health literacy skills are dependent on individual and systemic factors. Partnerships to promote health literacy across professions, organizations and sectors are essential to help address the 88% of American adults with health literacy limitations.

From Zero to 386: A Year of Growing and Engaging Twitter Followers
Chris Kretz, Head, and Will Blydenburgh, Manager, Stony Brook Univ.’s Southampton Library
Sponsored by:
Arranged by:
Bruce Seger
Location: Vanderbilt Salon Lower Level  Session I (9:00am-10:00am)

This talk will examine the development and application of a growth-based Twitter strategy by Stony Brook University’s Southampton Library over the course of a year. The presenters draw from their successes and failures, analytic data, and published research to present best practices, lessons learned, and rationale for sustainable Twitter use in libraries.

Recognizing, Responding to and Preventing Workplace Harassment
Jessica Moller, Esq. from the Garden City firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Christopher Kurtz, Esq. from the Garden City firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Sponsored by:
NCLA Support Staff Division
Arranged by:
Connie Stanga and Dalal Fatoush
Location:  Whitman Salon Lower Level  Session I (9:00am-10:00am)

Jessica Moller, Esq. of the Garden City Law firm, Bond, Schoeneck & King, will lead a discussion about how employees can recognize what unlawful workplace harassment is (and what it is not), how to properly respond to potential unlawful harassment situations that may arise in the workplace, and what you can do to help prevent workplace harassment from occurring. She will present an overview of common procedures for reporting workplace harassment, and discuss the law’s prohibition against retaliation for reporting harassment.

Session II: 10:30am to 11:30am

Beyond the Four Walls: Out-of-the-Box Creative Strategies to Turn Your Library’s Website into a Powerful Community Engagement Driver
Speaker: Ken Braun, Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Lounge Lizard
Sponsored by:
Arranged by:
Jamie Papandrea
Location: Salons I, II, III Upper Level    Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)

Are you racking your brain for ways to get the community more involved at your library? With a little bit of creativity and some hyper-targeted social media marketing strategies, there’s an unlimited number of ways to engage community members of all ages. This session will tap into many out of the box program ideas and strategies that re-connect the unconnected. You will leave inspired to start treating your website like you would a powerful internal marketing team … and not just a silent placeholder on the Internet. Ken Braun, Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Lounge Lizard, a digital agency that specializes in brand development, creative strategy and cutting edge technology, will share insights and trends from his celebrated career working with major clients from all sectors of industry. Bring an open mind and be prepared to get your creative juices flowing!

Putting the Fun in Fundamentals: Two Creatives Talk About Working in Children’s Media
Jay Kraidman and Alicia Angel are a songwriting team for Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, and Universal Kids.
Sponsored by: 
NCLA Pop Culture Committee
Arranged by:
Jessikah Chautin
Location: Salons IV, V, VI Upper Level    Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)

Sesame Workshop songwriters Jay Kraidman and Alicia Angel share what it takes to craft educational kid-centric music, and discuss ways for librarians to create opportunities for silliness and serious learning to intersect.

The Power of Stories: Jeff Zentner on the Vital Role of Stories in our World
Speaker: Jeff Zentner, YA Author
Sponsored by: SCLA YASD
Arranged by:
Rebecca Goldstein
Location: Salons VII, VIII, IX, X Upper Level   Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)

Jeff Zentner will talk about the power of stories to build empathy and to combat competing stories that seek to exclude and diminish people. Jeff won the 2017 William C. Morris YA Debut Award with his novel The Serpent King.

ESCAPE from Conventional Programming!
Nicole Scherer, Nassau Library System
Marissa Bucci, The Ferguson CT Library
Sponsored by:
NCLA PR/Programming Division
Arranged by:
Roseanne Dorfman
Location: Salons XI, XII Upper Level   Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)

Escape rooms offer an exciting opportunity for libraries. It’s all the rage. Surprise your community, reach new users, and even revitalize your image. Learn how to stage live-action games with resources you have from librarians who have created them from scratch. We will discuss evaluating the potential of your space, basics of world-building and rule-making, how to replicate game templates for maximum use, and how it all ties into library advocacy. Escape programs have the power to be transformative; All you need is creativity!

Shine on Me: From Homeless to Libraries
Donald Peebles, Adult Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
Sponsored by:
New York Black Librarians Caucus
Arranged by:
New York Black Librarians Caucus
Location: Nassau/Suffolk Room Lower Level   Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)

Homeless adults are given suggestions to get out of the streets and told to go to shelters, drop-in centers and to find employment and housing. With these suggestions, many homeless residents flock to their neighborhood libraries. Shine on Me was a Brooklyn Incubator-funded initiative, which provided a safe library space for homeless adults for ten weeks at the East Flatbush branch of Brooklyn Public Library. They were introduced to the services and resources to obtain resume help, employment and housing as well as confidence building skills with assistance from social workers and life coaches.

Donald Peebles, Adult Librarian at East Flatbush, will share his experiences with homelessness as the inspiration for the implementation of Shine on Me. He will also discuss the success of the program as a start for homeless adults to get onto their feet and become self-sufficient by using the library as a vanguard for social change.

New York: State of Resilience
Patrick Beckley, Regional Director of Homeland Security
Nicole Marks, Regional Preparedness Trainer
Ira Greenberg, Assistant Commissioner for NYS OEM Region 1 Homeland Security
Jillian Ringhausen, Regional Planner & Training Specialist Homeland Security
Sponsored by: SCLA Support Staff Division
Arranged by:
Celia Vollmer
Location: Roosevelt Salon Lower Level   Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)

Learn the steps the state has taken to become more resilient in the wake of all the natural disasters we have endured since 2010, and the steps your library should be taking to prepare for a disaster.
Disaster Plan Template for Libraries
FEMA Active Shooter Information
Active Shooter Infopeople Webinar
Active Shooter Infopeople Webinar Notes
Library Leadership & Management – Active Shooter in the Library Article 

To Get to Tomorrow, You’ve Got to Start Somewhere
Speakers: Jeff Mack
Sponsored by: NCLA Children’s Services Division
Arranged by:
Sarah Aiosa
Location: Vanderbilt Salon Lower Level   Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)

Jeff Mack will be speaking about his writing process and his belief that “success in writing and illustrating comes from practice, determination and staying true to what you love to do.” He has written and illustrated a long list of award-winning picture books, chapter books, and early readers, including the Clueless McGee series, Good News Bad News, Hush Little Polar Bear, Look!, and most recently, Mine!. He has also illustrated many books for other authors such as James Howe and Eve Bunting.

“I Know It When I See It”: Navigating Issues of Sex and Sexuality
Fran La Duca, Long Island Educators for Intellectual Freedom
Kevin McCoy, Webmaster/Programmer, Suffolk County Community College
Frank McKenna, Director, Seaford Public Library
Sponsored by: Intellectual Freedom Committee/NCLA
Arranged by: Jeffrey Feinsilver
Location:  Whitman Salon Lower Level   Session II (10:30am to 11:30am)

Few issues faced by librarians are more divisive or problematic than those relating to sex. What rights do users have under the law?  How should the interests of children be protected?  Should librarians fight for privacy and resist censorship of sexually objectionable materials, regardless of personal and general community values?  Virtually every aspect of library service can be affected by the responses and reactions of library employees, trustees and members of the community to these questions.

Our panel will provide information and insights for libraries to provide basic expectations and establish consistent policies for their employees and communities.  No one framework will fit all libraries, but a discussion of the issues can certainly promote future unity and minimize friction.

Session III: 3pm to 4pm

Everyday Advocacy
Jeremy Johannesen, Director, New York Library Association
Sponsored by:
Arranged by:
Jeremy Johannesen
Location: Salons I, II, III Upper Level   Session III (3:00pm-4:00pm)

There are those who call into question the value and purpose of libraries in modern education; and yet the skills that quality library programs develop have never been more essential.  It is incumbent upon all members of the library community to be prepared to serve as active and engaged advocates.

Everyone – administrator, librarian, clerk, and student has a role to play in fearlessly advocating for their library.  Learn how to craft your message, build your base and win the support of your community. Effective coalition building and collaboration techniques can cement the position of your library as the cornerstone of your community.

Exploration RA: Tips & Tricks to Take Your Reader’s Advisory from Coach to First Class
Carol Ann Tack and Jill Moretto, Merrick Library
Sponsored by:
Arranged by:
Carol Ann Tack and Jill Moretto
Location: Salons IV, V, VI Upper Level  Session III (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Carol Ann Tack and Jill Moretto, Reference Librarians at Merrick Library, will reveal the secrets of Merrick Library’s RA success. They will share their tips and tricks and their successes and missteps in this fun and informative program.

Bookface and Beyond: Creating Engaging Content for Social Media
Nick Tanzi, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
Sara Roye, Public Relations Specialist, Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
Sponsored by:
SCLA RASD PR & Marketing Committee
Arranged by: Jo-Ann Carhart
Location: Salons VII, VIII, IX, X Upper Level  Session III (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Libraries often struggle to provide consistent, captivating content for our social media platforms. Learn how to draw in new followers and keep them engaged! This presentation will cover marketing strategies, sample ideas, paid ads and more!

Libraries = Education: Skill Building for Tweens and Teens
Marybeth Kozikowski, Librarian II, Children’s Services, Sachem Public Library
Jessica Schnall, Teen Services, Sachem Public Library and School Media Specialist, Rocky Point HS
Lisa Stevens, Librarian I, Children’s Services, Sachem Public Library
Sponsored by:
Children’s Librarians Association of Suffolk County (CLASC)
Arranged by:
Marybeth Kozikowski
Location: Salons XI, XII Upper Level  Session III (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Libraries can fill the learning gap when schools cannot or do not offer classroom programs that teach children the skills they need for personal and academic success.   Discover an array of engaging, cost-effective, easily replicated programs which fill that gap and establish your library as a community education center.  Skills taught in the featured programs include computer keyboarding, hand and machine sewing, introductory woodworking and hand tool usage, as well as sustainable gardening.

Attendees will be provided with:
-Sources for purchasing program materials
-Best practices for scheduling and promoting programs
-Strategies to keep students engaged and contributing to their own learning experience
-Ready to use printed support materials, including handouts and surveys

Help young patrons learn essential skills that build successful adults while making your library a vital community partner.
Handout: Keyboarding for Tweens
Handout: Survey 2
Handout: Survey 3
Handout: Certificate of Completion
Handout: Customized Lessons

Digitizing Local History Sources: A Progress Report
Dr. Gregory S. Hunter, Professor, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, LIU Post
David Jank, Assistant Professor, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, LIU Post
Regina G. Feeney, Trustee/Archivist, Freeport Historical Society
Kelsey Renz, Graduate Student, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, LIU Post
Sponsored by:
Arranged by:
Dr. Gregory S. Hunter
Location: Nassau/Suffolk Room Lower Level  Session III (3:00pm-4:00pm)

LIU Post’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science has received a $1.5 million grant from the
Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to digitize materials held in local historical societies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The four-year grant has a goal of partnering with 80 historical societies. This session will present a progress report on project activities during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.
More information about the Grant

Crowdsource Your Library
Samantha Alberts, Suffolk Cooperative Library Services
Sara Fiore, Rogers Memorial Library
Terry Lucas, Shelter Island Library
Nola Thacker, Westhampton Free Library
Sponsored by:
Long Island Reads Committee
Arranged by:
Nola Thacker and Samantha Alberts
Location: Roosevelt Salon Lower Level  Session III (3:00pm-4:00pm)

A digital update of outsourcing and traditional fund drives, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are fundamentally comprehensive ways of asking for help. For libraries, matching the right crowdsourcing or crowdfunding tools to the library and the library community’s needs can have far-reaching unexpected results that can not only achieve immediate goals but provide inspiration and new directions in library services long-term. The intersection of successful crowdfunding with crowdfunding in public libraries, from small to large, are at the heart of the library as an ever-evolving community resource, identifying library needs in juxtaposition to the community it serves while reaching out to the community both locally and in a larger, digital context to provide for those needs. (Sara Fiore’s book Crowdsource Your Library, Engage Your Community will be published in August, 2018.)

The Inbe-TWEENs: Children Today, Teens Tomorrow
Speakers: Carisse Bormann and Nicole Peters, Teen Librarians at West Babylon Public Library
Sponsored by: NCLA YASD
Arranged by:
Carisse Bormann and Nicole Peters
Location: Vanderbilt Salon Lower Level  Session III (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Carisse Bormann and Nicole Peters, Teen and Tween Librarians from the West Babylon Public Library will present on how to attract Tweens, who are their own Pre-teen Species with strong minds and opinions. They are stuck in those difficult years between being a child and being a teenager and in the Library between the Children’s and Teen Department. Learn how to attract lifelong Library users and patrons through different programming, marketing, collection development and more. Together we can figure out how to bridge the inbeTWEEN and become the “cool” place to be.

Success with Social Work Interns in Your Library
Michael Buono, Reference and Community Services Facilitator, Brentwood Public Library
Betty-Jean Wrase, Director of Field Education, School of Social Welfare at SUNY Stony Brook
Sponsored by: RASD New Adult Committee of Suffolk County
Arranged by:
Michael Buono and Lisetty Thomas
Location:  Whitman Salon Lower Level  Session III (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Come find out the best practices and methods for managing a social work intern. Learn what is expected of the library, and how to provide a great educational experience for your intern. Discover how Social Work Interns have benefited libraries who have brought them in. This program is for all who work in public service and would like to offer the service of social workers to their patrons, via social work interns