Join LILRC for Library Assessment Overview: Designing a Research Study & Analyzing Data

There are a limited number of seats still available for the upcoming LILRC continuing education program:

Library Assessment Overview: Designing a Research Study & Analyzing Data
March 17th @ Farmingdale State College, 10:00 am3:00 pm

This course will be an introduction and overview of the research design process, including the components of a good research design, types of research strategies, a summary of popular research designs, data collection methods, and statistical software description.

The session includes two sets of hands-on exercises. In the first exercise, participants will run and analyze data using a hypothetical case study. In the second, participants will consider a specific research study they wish to implement, outline their research design steps, and specify their data collection methods and data analysis plan.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop will benefit anyone interested in beginning a research study at their organization. No prior knowledge of research design is necessary.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the components of the research design process
  • Choose a suitable research design for their study
  • Assess and choose suitable data collection methods for their study
  • Choose suitable methods to analyze their data
  • Determine how to utilize  their results to improve their organization

Presented by:
Ian Beckford and Neera Mohess

Ian Beckford, Ed.D. has over twenty years of experience in assessment and evaluation research. He is presently the Learning Outcomes Assessment Manager at Queensborough Community College where he works with faculty and staff on student learning outcome issues. His past research involved conducting quantitative and qualitative research in the areas of urban school reform, distance learning, graduate school training, and child development.

Neera Mohess is an Associate Professor and Information Literacy and Interlibrary Loan librarian at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. She holds an M.L.S. from Queens College, an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Baruch College and a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College.

This workshop is limited to 28 participants and no more than 2 participants per institution.  Registration fee includes morning refreshments and lunch.


Workshop #TBT: MOOCs: A Programming Opportunity for Public Libraries

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Dorothy Pawlowski, Head of Adult Services at the Ridgefield Library joined LILRC for an engaging and extremely informative presentation on MOOCs.

If you’re thinking to yourself: MOOCs?  What’s that?  Then today’s Workshop #TBT is perfect for you!  During this training session, Dorothy discussed the astronomical growth of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and opportunities for public libraries to promote lifelong learning by becoming meet-up destinations for MOOCs.  By sharing her experiences, she provided attendees with first-hand insight into the complexity of the MOOC movement as based on the experience of the Ridgefield (Connecticut) Library, which incorporated a Coursera MOOC entitled, The Fiction of Relationship.  Attendees learned about the Library’s experience and how public libraries can provide the perfect venue for a MOOC meet-up.

MOOCsSpecial thanks to Dorothy, the Shelter Rock Public Library for hosting the event, and to all who attended.

Registration Discount Now Available for Computers in Libraries 2015 Conference

cil2015LILRC is proud to announce that we have once again arranged with Information Today, Inc., to offer a reduced rate for the 30th Annual Computers in Libraries conference, to be held on April 27-29, 2015 at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC.

By registering through LILRC, you are eligible for the special following rates:

  • $319 for the 3-day event (regular rate is $549).  That’s a $230 savings!
  • $599 (regularly $749) on the Library Leaders Summit (includes all three days of CIL)
  • $109 (regularly $209) on the Internet@Schools Track.

No discount rates are available for pre-conference and post-conference seminars and workshops.

For additional information on Computers in Libraries 2015, including travel and hotel information, please visit: The conference Advance Program can be viewed online at:


To register for the LILRC discounted rate, visit: and use the promo code: 15LILR. All registrants will receive a confirmation email and you may request an additional printed confirmation letter via postal mail on the online registration form.

For further assistance, please contact the LILRC Office by phone at (631) 675-1570 ext. 207.

The January-June 2015 Continuing Education Program Brochure is Now Available

The January-June 2015 LILRC sponsored continuing education programs are now available in an electronic version of the brochure here (in PDF format). Please look for the printed version, which will be mailed very soon.

Guest speakers include:2015 January-June CE Brochure

  • Ian Beckford and Neera Mohess, Queensborough Community College, presenting: Library Assessment Overview: Designing a Research Study & Analyzing Data. 
  • Dr. John Coverdale, Center for Human Resource Studies, New York Institute of Technology, presenting: Resolving Grievances.
  • Johannes Neuer, Director of Digital Engagement at The New York Public Library, presenting: Creative Marketing.
  • Much more…

Please note that you may use the registration form included in the brochure to register for multiple programs.

Leslie Davol Speaks About The Uni Project at LILRC Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the Long Island Library Resources Council held its Annual Membership Meeting at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park.  As part of the day’s event, Leslie Davol, Co-founder and Director of The Uni Project presented, “The Uni Project’s Pop-Up Reading Rooms.”


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The Uni Project is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to books and learning opportunities through pop-up, open-air reading rooms. Based in New York City, the project operates reading rooms that bring architect-designed structures, high quality books, and dedicated staff, to the city’s plazas, parks, and public spaces. They partner with community-based organizations and local libraries, and their circuit prioritizes underserved NYC neighborhoods. Increasingly, they also ship reading room kits to libraries around the world so that others can copy their model.

Join Us for This Year’s LILRC Annual Membership Meeting

The Long Island Library Resources Council will host the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 18th at Carlyle on the Green-Bethpage State Park. This meeting is open to current or potential members, library enthusiasts, and all interested in learning more about LILRC.

200x94xUni_Logo_Cube.png.pagespeed.ic.9SYTJtRhFuWe’ll start the morning with a buffet breakfast from 9am-10:15am, where you’ll have the chance to meet LILRC staff, network with colleagues, and get ready for the morning’s event (the registration fee is $25).  Or just plan to attend the business portion of the meeting from 10:15am-12pm, which is free!  This will include a recap of 2014 efforts, the director’s report, and an introduction of members of the Board of Trustees.  In addition, we will have a special presentation by Leslie Davol, Co-founder and Director of the Uni Project, who will present, “The Uni Project’s Pop-Up Reading Rooms.”

We invite you to be our guest and join us for this year’s LILRC Annual Membership Meeting!  Registration information can be found online at:

That’s a Wrap on this Year’s LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

This year’s Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future took place on October 23rd and 24th, 2014 at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park and it focused on the theme: Think Outside the Bricks: Embed, Engage, Expand.

The conference kicked-off on Thursday night with hors d’oeuvres and a chance to network with colleagues at our new conference venue, Carlyle on the Green.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, Assembly District 22, and she presented, “From the State House to the Stacks- A dialogue on engaging State Government.”  In her talk, she focused on how library advocates and communities must look for ways to engage government and lawmakers.


With over 100 attendees in the audience, David Shumaker, Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science of the Catholic University of America, kicked-off Friday’s event with his presentation, “The New Net-Centric Librarian.”  In this talk, David began by addressing such questions as: what roles will our library staff be fulfilling in the future?  What is the job of the reference librarian?  To illustrate this, attendees were tasked with drawing a picture of the job of a reference librarian in 30 seconds.  David then discussed how embedded librarians, specifically reference librarians, operate in a complex network of relationships: with each other, with vendors of products and services, and most importantly with diverse members of the communities they serve.

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Up next: Erin Cannan, Associate Director of Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement and Erica Freudenberger, Director of Red Hook Public Library, who demonstrated how the key to the future of libraries is in dynamic partnerships.  In their presentation, “Innovation and Transformation Through Partnership,” Erica began by discussing how the Red Hook Public Library redefined its goals as a small rural library by seeking partnerships, including the one it forged with Bard College.  They both shared their experience as public innovators, where a partnership led to personal and professional transformations both for their organizations and the communities they serve.

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Lunch was served following the two morning presentations and attendees had an opportunity to network and enjoy the grounds of Bethpage State Park.

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The conference concluded with an engaging presentation from Christian Zabriskie, founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite, who presented, “Street Librarianship: Going Where Your Users Aren’t.”  In this presentation, Christian shared how Urban Librarians Unite has been doing creative advocacy and active outreach for libraries in New York City.  Attendees got a glimpse of this through photos of events, including zombie librarians walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and the Annual 24 Hour Read In.  This example, and many others provided, help to illustrate the work of Urban Librarians Unite as well as  demonstrate their own brand of “narrative advocacy.”   He shared the importance of advocacy and how dynamic library activism as well as doing direct community outreach via street librarianship has had a huge impact.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event…we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Special thanks to:

Conference Sponsors:  H. W. Wilson Foundation, Nassau County Library Association, Baldessari & Coster LLP, Palmer School, Emerald Island Supply Company, Hometown Insurance Agency, Inc., Island Industrial Boilers, Kevin A. Seaman, Esq., National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Pronunciator, Regan Agency, Inc., Sandpebble Builders Inc., St. John’s University, Suffolk County Library Association, and Thermal Solutions, Inc.

The LILRC Annual Conference Committee, LILRC Board of Trustees, and Connie Litcher.