23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future: Think Outside the Bricks: Embed, Engage, Expand

This year marks the 23rd year of the LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, which will take place on October 23rd and 24th, 2014 at a new location: Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park.  This year’s speakers will take us outside the walls of the library as we explore the theme, Think Outside the Bricks: Embed, Engage, Expand.

The conference will kick-off on Thursday night with dinner and our guest speaker, New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, Assembly District 22, and Member, NYS Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology.  Michaelle is no stranger to libraries and after graduating from Hofstra, she worked as a supervisor of access services at the University’s Axinn Library.

The conference will resume on Friday morning with a continental breakfast, networking and full line-up of speakers who will challenge attendees to think outside the walls of our institutions, including:2014 speakers

▪Erin Cannan, Bard College, Center for Civic Engagement
▪Erica Freudenberger, Red Hook Public Library
▪David Shumaker, Catholic University of America
▪Christian Zabriskie, Queens Library, Urban Librarians Unite

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.

We’re offering an Early Bird rate as well as a First Time Attendee discount—be sure to take advantage today!

Online and On-Demand Computer Training Available Through LILRC

atomic trainingLILRC has partnered with Atomic Training, Inc. to provide staff members of Long Island libraries with high-level online and on-demand training opportunities.

Introduced in August 2013, LILRC offers an annual subscription to online training of software applications and social networking tools to all libraries through Atomic Training at a highly discounted price of $50 per subscription for LILRC member libraries and $100 per subscription for non-member libraries. Each subscription will allow a library staff member (user) to have access to all Atomic Training’s on-demand online tutorials for one year.

Atomic Training website currently offers over 700 courses on more than 150 products from Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, Google, and more. The video tutorials can be viewed from any web-connected computer. A list of available courses is at http://www.atomictraining.com/browse?page=tutorials. Support on the Atomic Training site includes an FAQ, an email form, a getting started guide, and a video guide to the site at http://www.atomictraining.com/consumer/at_user.

Each subscription licenses one user to access the training videos for one year. Once we receive your subscription, you will be notified the subscription activation date corresponding to your subscription date and online access information.

To subscribe, please fill out the attached subscription form and send it to LILRC no later than August 15, 2014.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call LILRC staff Joan Seaman at 631-675-1570, x:208.


Rob Favini Presents OCLC FirstSearch Update for LILRC Members

On Friday, July 11, 2014, Rob Favini, OCLC Member Services Consultant, joined LILRC for an update on the future of OCLC FirstSearch as well as provided recent news and developments in OCLC cataloging and metadata, resource sharing, and the latest activity from OCLC Research, training, support, and how to make the most of your library’s OCLC membership, etc.

If you missed out, be sure to take a look at the presentation slides:


Thanks to the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for hosting this event.

The July-December 2014 Continuing Education Program Brochure is Now Available

2014 July-December CE BrochureThe July-December 2014 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:

  • Jason Casden, Lead Librarian for the Digital Services Development, North Carolina State University Libraries, presenting: Preserving Community Voices with Social Media.
  • Johannes Neuer, Acting Director of Engagement at The New York Public Library, presenting: Measuring and Optimizing Social Media.
  • Dorothy Pawlowski, Head of Adult Services, Ridgefield Library, presenting: MOOCs: A Programming Opportunity for Public Libraries.
  • Much more…

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

Jason Casden to Present “Preserving Community Voices with Social Media” on August 1st

Join LILRC with guest speaker Jason Casden to learn more about North Carolina State University’s My #HuntLibrary project, which recently won the 2014 ALA OITP/LITA “Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services” award.

Preserving Community Voices with Social Media
Friday, August 1, 2014
Farmingdale Public Library
10:00 am
12:00 pm

In January 2013, the NCSU Libraries opened the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University. Filled with cutting-edge technology and inspiring spaces, the Hunt Library aspires to serve as a model of the library of the future. Telling the story of the new library was crowdsourced through My #HuntLibrary, a Ruby on Rails Instagram-based photo project that is both a user engagement and a digital preservation effort. Photographs tagged #HuntLibrary are included in a collection that is displayed in multiple interactive views, ranging in size from a mobile interface to a twenty-foot-wide, curved video wall by making extensive use of responsive web design techniques. The entire collection of (over 3,000 and growing) digital images will be preserved in the institutional digital archives.

This workshop will introduce the use of social media archives as a method for both engaging users and building more representative collections. The anticipated research value of social media is that, by diversifying the points of view of archival creators and channels of organizational communication, archival researchers and other users gain a fuller understanding of events, places, and organizations represented in the archives. While this is still a fairly new area, the presenter will use his experience with lentil as well as other tools and services as a starting point for a discussion of the archival potential of social media.

Presenter: Jason Casden, Lead Librarian for the Digital Services Development, North Carolina State University Libraries.


There’s Still Time to Register for “Measuring and Optimizing Social Media”

There’s still time to register for our upcoming workshop, “Measuring and Optimizing Social Media” on July 17th from 10AM-12PM at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.

Participants will work with marketing veteran Johannes Neuer to learn how to set goals, gather data, design reports, and develop a dashboard that will inform library leadership and fellow practitioners about their progress in engaging patrons with the library on social media. Major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, and Foursquare will be covered in this course. Participants should have some experience with social media and an interest in web analytics.

Who should attend:
Library directors, librarians, user analysts, marketing and communications staff, and LIS students.

By the end of this program, participants will:
Be able to keep track of their social media initiatives and create reporting tools that help optimize their campaigns and inform their content strategy.

Presenter: Johannes Neuer, Associate Director of Marketing at The New York Public Library, specializes in email marketing, social media, and web analytics. Prior to joining the Library, Johannes worked for regional and national non-profits, as well as SMEs and global players in the electronics, media, and software sectors. Awards include Craig Newmark’s 2011 Who Rules Social Media, MarketingSherpa’s 2010 Viral and Social Marketing Hall of Fame, and PR News’ 2010 Nonprofit Award for Use of Twitter. A frequent speaker, he has appeared at the MarketingSherpa’s Email Summit, Social Media Week, Web 2.0 Expo, the Public Library Association Conference, the Austrian Library Association Congress, the Bodleian libraries at the University of Oxford, and BookExpo America.


LILRC Offers Registration Discount for Internet Librarian 2014

The Internet Librarian 2014 conference will be held October 27-29, 2014, at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.  By registering through LILRC, you will be eligible for the special discounted rate of $349 for the 3-day event.  That’s $150 off the regular conference registration cost of $499!  You can visit the Internet Librarian 2014 conference page at Information Today’s website (http://www.infotoday.com/il2014/) for full conference program information.

Additionally, you can take advantage of the discounted rate of $99 on the Internet@Schools Track (October 27-28) as well as $649 for the Library Leaders Digital Strategy Summit.  Please note that no discount rates are available for the pre-conference seminars.

To register for the LILRC discounted rate, visit:  https://secure.infotoday.com/forms?form=il2014 and use the promo code:  LILRC14.  Discount rates are in effect until September 26, 2014, which is the last date to register online.

Questions?  Please contact the LILRC office at 631-675-1570.  Please feel free to share this information with colleagues who may be interested.  The discount is also available to anyone within or beyond the LILRC region.