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: http://www.lilrc.org/event/1426/.

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.

Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages to Kick-Off the LILRC Annual Conference

With less than 48 hours until this year’s LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, here’s a sneak peek at our guest speaker for Thursday night.

Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, Assembly District 22, will kick-off the event as our dinner speaker with her presentation, “From the State House to the Stacks- A dialogue on engaging State Government.”

She will discuss how libraries nationwide are straining from the effect of annual cuts in funding. According to the American Library Association, over the past four years more than half the states have reported a decrease in funding, with cumulative cuts averaging greater than 10 percent. As demand for essential services increases, library advocates and communities must look for ways to engage government and lawmakers.

Haven’t registered yet?  There’s still time!  Visit the LILRC website at www.lilrc.org for additional information or go to http://www.lilrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/event1410.pdf for the registration form.

Long Island Reception @ 2014 NYLA Annual Conference

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Are you attending this year’s NYLA Annual Conference?  If so, please feel free to join us for the 214 Long Island Reception.

Lillian’s Restaurant
Thursday, November 6, 2014
6PM-8PM

Feel free to stop in to eat, drink, and have a chance to chat with your colleagues.

Let us know you’re coming! Join our Facebook event page online at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504937363071796/.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LILRC Hosts Its First Technical Services Open Forum

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the LILRC Resource Sharing and Management Committee held its first Technical Services Open Forum, which provided attendees with a panel discussion on emerging trends in the Technical Services field.

The program began with an introductory overview on current professional developments and hot topics in library technical services and was followed by brief presentations from a panel of experts who discussed their experiences with such things as migrating a library to a cloud-based integrated library system (ILS) and implementing a discovery platform.

Take a look at the presentations from the day’s event (in PDF format):

David A. Jank, Assistant Professor, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long IslandUniversity/CW Post Campus

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Mellissa Hinton, Assistant Dean, Technical & Digital Services, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, Long Island University/CW Post Campus

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Pamela Harpel-Burke, Catalog Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Services, Axinn Library, Hofstra University

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Dawn Romano, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Axinn Library, Hofstra University

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Special thanks to the Farmingdale Public Library for hosting this event.

LILRC Annual Conference Final Speaker Sneak Peek: Christian Zabriskie

With only 4 days and counting to take advantage of early bird rates for this year’s LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, here’s another look at our final guest speaker for Friday’s event.

CZheadshotChristian Zabriskie, founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite, will be presenting:

Street Librarianship: Going Where Your Users Aren’t

Urban Librarians Unite has been doing creative advocacy and active outreach for libraries in New York City. They have developed their own brand of “narrative advocacy” where they “lean in to the controlled crazy” for five years of budget battles. Hear about how they create dynamic library activism as well as doing direct community outreach via street librarianship.

More about Christian:
Christian Zabriskie is the founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite, a 501c3 dedicated to promoting libraries and librarianship in large urban centers. He is the coauthor of Grassroots Library Advocacy: A Special Report available through ALA Editions and a frequent speaker on library advocacy, urban libraries, graphic novels in libraries, and library service to at risk youth.

Please visit the LILRC website at www.lilrc.org for additional information or go to http://www.lilrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/event1410.pdf for the registration form.

In addition to the Early Bird rate, we’re offering a First Time Attendee discount—be sure to take advantage today!