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Date: December 12, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Location: Live and Online
Free – All
The NY3Rs recently announced its participation in The Digital Public Library of America [DPLA] through the Empire State Digital Network. What will this mean for NYS libraries and library users? As collections are added to the DPLA’s database, they are geo-coded, time-lined, and tagged with rich search information, enabling users to quickly draw connections between far flung materials that would have been impossible before. The DPLA web site dp.la launched April 18, 2013 with more than two million objects–including digital renderings of photos, books, manuscripts and other items from places such as the Smithsonian Institution, along with museums, libraries and historical institutions around the country. DPLA’s mission is to unlock the rich trove of historical and cultural dataâ€”including documents, photographs, artwork, maps and audioâ€”digitized, archived and easily searchable thanks to rich metadata. Researchers, journalists, programmers and others are free to build their own applications for the data via the library’s freely available API.
Instructor: Amy Rudersdorf, Assistant Director of Content, DPLA
Amy Rudersdorf is the assistant director for content at the Digital Public Library of America, where she is responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Before joining the DPLA, she directed the Digital Information Management Program at the State Library of North Carolina, where she developed and managed digital preservation and digitization activities. She has worked with digital collections in special collections at a North Carolina State University, coordinated a digital production group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked with public libraries throughout Wisconsin to aid in the development and coordination of LSTA-funded digitization grants.
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Long Island Library Resources Council hosted its Annual Membership Meeting at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park. As part of the day’s events, Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research presented, “Back to the Future,” examining what libraries can do to secure our future by revisiting and reinvigorating our professional principles and mission in the context of this new world we inhabit.
November 12, 2013–With the first snow of the season making an appearance, attendees gathered at the Brentwood Public Library with guest speaker Katy Dillman, Reference and Information Services Librarian at the James Blackstone Memorial Library as she presented, “Serving Up Downloads: Best practices in ereading customer service.”
Katy kicked-off the session with a discussion on why we should support digital downloads, the potential frustrations, and a close look at the three ways to download ebooks. Attendees engaged in open coversation and shared thier experiences and ideas, while learning from Katy about what has worked-and more importanly-what hasn’t been as successful at her library.
There are a ton of ways to engage patrons with digital downloads. Some great examples Katy shared were “Tech Tuesdays,” which are one-on-one sessions where patrons can learn more about downloading books, how to use iPads, how to set up email, etc. Another example came in the form of an “App Tips ‘n’ Tricks Open Forum” where patrons bring in thier own devices (or use the ones the library provides) and issues the patrons have are discussed. Consensus from the group on the ideal number for such classes is 10 people. In addition to providing services in-house, the importance of getting the word out about your programs and services was also stressed. Let your community know you lend digital books by promoting them, for example, on your website, in your newsletter and on your social media networks.
Here’s a terrific example of a TV ad from the Metropolitan Library System:
Katy wrapped up the session with a look at some core competencies that staff should know and ideas for hands-on training for staff. Interested in learning more? Be sure to take a look at the presentation slides and visit: http://digitalhelp.weebly.com.
Special thanks to the Brentwood Public Library for hosting this event, Katy Dillman and to all who attended and joined the conversation!
This year’s Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future took place on October 24th and 25th, 2013 at Dowling College, Fortunoff Hall and it focused on the theme: Community by Design: Innovation & Transformation.
The conference kicked-off on Thursday night with hors d’oeuvres and a chance to network with collegues at the beautiful Fortunoff Hall at Dowling College. Afterwards, attendees were ushered into the Ballroom for dinner, which was followed by dessert…although the real treat was our guest speaker Joe Raiola–solo performer, comedy writer, producer, director and speaker on first amendment issues.
In his performance of the Joy of Censorship, Joe explored the topic of censorship by providing a lively and engaging performance. Early on, he displayed his artistic expression in the citing of his The Guns inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. Joe continued with other examples of abuses of the First Amendment as well as a discussion of the history of MAD Magazine. Did you know that in its early days MAD Magazine was converted from a comic book in the 1950s to a magazine in order to avoid censorship? This is just one of the many insights provided during his humorous and thought-provoking performance.
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Joe Raiola was a hard act to follow, but our guest speakers for Friday’s full-day event pulled it off! With over 100 attendees in the audience, Jessica Yurkofsky, Librarian at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, kicked-off the day with her presentation, “Reflections on LABRARY: A Harvard Library Experiment.” In this talk, Jessica shared the story behind LABRARY, which was an experimental Pop-Up space put together by Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students from the the Library Test Kitchen (http://www.librarytestkitchen.org), with the help of the Harvard Library and the Library Lab in December of 2012. The LABRARY, which was located in an empty storefront in the middle of Harvard Square, was open to all and provided a space for collaberation, brainstorming, ingenuity and much more! Here’s a look at some of the creative projects that came out of the LABRARY:
Interested in learning more? Listen to a portion of Jessica’s presentation about the LABRARY:
Up next: Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna, Teacher Librarians and Library Journal2013 Movers and Shakers. This dynamic-duo sees the key to the future of libraries in collaboration and community outreach. They shared thier journey on how they’ve managed to reach out and build strong connections in their community, including engaging not only students, parents and school board members, but other libraries as well.
Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna
Margaux and Rose also discussed the importance of advocacy and the new Common Core State Standards, which aim to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” Many questions have arisen based on these new standards and Margaux and Rose shared the following video as a helpful resource for introducing the Common Core State Standards:
Jessica Yurkofsky with attendees in the Inflatable Reading Room
Lunch was served following the two morning presentations and attendees had an opportunity to network, enjoy the grounds of Dowling College, and take a first-hand look at the Inflatable Reading Room that Jessica had discussed earlier in the day!
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Last, but certainly not least, was our third speaker, Bill Brewer, Director of Client Relations from Designed Learning, Inc. who presented, “Six Conversations that Matter: Leadership Language in Action.” Bill brought the conference to a closure with high energy and interactive activites for attendees in order to explore ways to build community within our own libraries by changing the way we think and interact. Bill challenged the audience to think about leadership roles in a different way–defining what is considered traditional vs. alternative methods–much of which is based on the work of Peter Block in such works as The Answer to How is YesandCommunity: The Structure of Belonging. Some of the core questions attendees were asked to examine were:
What doubts do you have?
What’s the “no” you have been postponing?
What’s the “yes” you no longer mean?
What’s the forgiveness you have been withholding?
What’s the resentment I have that no one knows about?
The group was then given an alloted amount of time to share responses with another person they didn’t know very well. It’s amazing to watch people in action as they share thoughts and ideas and through this exchange gain new insights and make new acquaintances.
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, Long Island University, Palmer School of Library & Information Science, AIP Publishing, CSEA-Long Island, Island Industrial Boilers, Kevin A. Seaman, Esq., Knockout Pest Control, Inc., National Center for Surburban Studies at Hofstra University, Regan Agency, Inc., NYSUT, SandPebble Builders, Inc., Suffolk County Library Association, Thermal Solutions, Inc., and United Public Service Employees Union.
On Friday, November 1, 2013, attendees gathered for the LILRC sponsored program, “Drupal Bootcamp for Beginners” with guest speaker Alvar Astigarraga, Computer Specialist IV at the NYC Transit Authority.
Drupal (https://drupal.org) is an open source content management platform (CMS) powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.
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In this hands-on session, Alvar presented attendees with the fundamental principles of how Drupal works by demonstrating the process of getting a Drupal site online, from how it’s installed all the way to finding a hosting company. He also provided attendees with an opportunity to create content, explore modules, and much more through a case study project. As a group, attendees created a sample library catalog and got to see the back-end of the system as an admin user.
For additional information and resources on getting started with Drupal vist:
The Long Island Library Resources Council will host the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 19th 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.
Kick-off the morning with a buffet breakfast from 9am-10:15am, and 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 2013 efforts, the director’s report, and an introduction of members of the Board of Trustees. In addition, we will have a special presentation by Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer in the Research division of OCLC. He is an internationally known speaker and writer on library and information technology issues.
First the bad news: Jeff Goldenson will not be able to speak at the conference this Friday.
The good news is that we were able to tap into Harvard’s community of library innovators and are pleased to announce that our program now includes Jessica Yurkosfky, Creative Technologist at Harvard’s Metalab.
By way of introduction, Jessica was kind enough to put together the following video. Looks like we’re in for a fun time on Friday.