On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, James Hartmann from Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library and James McHugh from Nassau Library System provided an in-dept and energetic look into the workings of WordPress in their presentation, “WordPress & Web Design Crash Course: How To Build Dynamic Library Websites For Desktop & Mobile Patrons.”
During this engaging and informative session, the presenters covered a variety of topics including a quick introduction to how WordPress works, which was followed by a number of case studies, including the website redesigns at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, West Hempstead Public Library, and the Wantagh Public Library. They covered the many graphical & coding tools that can help you build an amazing, mobile-friendly website with WordPress and concluded the presentation will a number of useful plugins for WordPress, most of which are free of charge.
Take a look at the presentation slides for additional resources:
Thanks to the Brentwood Public Library for hosting this event.
With less than one month left until the LILRC 25th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, we’re counting down the days! As we get closer to the conference, we want to give you a closer look at one of our guest speakers for Friday’s full-day line-up.
To explore this year’s theme, Open for Business: Rethinking Relevance and Reality, we’ve enlisted the expertise of Pablo Calvi, who will be presenting, Hoaxes and news, Twitter and fakes. Checking facts in an Era of Absolute Information. He will be discussing the notions of fact-checking and fact, the role of expert curators —editors, librarians, journalists— and how the advent of the social media as information repository has triggered the same issues of credibility and legitimacy that were raised for the first time in the young American democracy of the Jacksonian era.
More about Pablo Calvi
Pablo Calvi, the first non-native, English speaker to receive a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship in the history of the Pulitzer Prizes, is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, where he teaches courses in multimedia journalism and Latin American literary journalism. He is the Associate Director for Latin America for the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting.
Calvi received his Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Journalism in 2011. He is a guest lecturer at Columbia University/Universitat de Barcelona master’s program in Barcelona, Spain, and has taught comparative Latin American and Anglo American narrative journalism at the Graduate School of Communications at Sorbonne University in Paris, France.
Calvi is an active, multilingual journalist and author. In the United States, he has worked for the New York Daily News, Grey Magazine, Men’s Journal, Latin Trade and Terra Magazine. His long-form journalism appears in The Believer. In Latin America he has worked for the Argentine newspaper Clarín, Colombian-Mexican magazine Gatopardo and Brazilian multimedia Terra. He was the recipient of the 2010 Greenberg Research Prize for Literary Journalism Studies and the winner of the 2010 CELSA-Sorbonne Writing Fellowship.
He has authored a number of book chapters and academic papers on Latin American literary journalism. His main interests are Latin American narrative journalism, the genre known as crónica, multimedia journalism, and the correlation between democratic societies and the free press.
If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time to do so—register today! The LILRC 25th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future will take place on October 20th and 21st at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park.
Why register early? Because our early-bird registration comes with a special price: $135 for the full conference package, which is $30 off the regular rate. These low rates expire this Monday—September 19th, so register now to save big. Keep in mind, the full conference package can be split between two people! In addition, first-time attendees will receive a 10% discount.
Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate 25 years of innovation, leadership and networking as we hear from a diverse speaker line-up including:
Bill Brennan, Ed.D, Executive Director for Innovation, Communications and Organizational Development (Respectful Disruptor) in Farmingdale Schools presenting: 3 Trends That Define the Future of Education: Innovation Labs, Makerspaces and Learning Commons
Pablo Calvi, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University presenting: Hoaxes and news, Twitter and fakes. Checking facts in an Era of Absolute Information
Kerri Willette, Deputy Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) presenting: DPLA: Impact on Libraries
Jim Milliot, Editorial Director, Publishers Weekly presenting: Impact of Technology on Publishing
Tom Jacobson, Principal Consultant, Third Chapter Partners presenting: Marketing the Value of Your Library: New Technologies, Practices, and Privacy
Get a first-hand insight into their many successes and experiences, and learn what’s next for the changing landscape in libraries and the communities we serve.
So don’t wait—register today for our early-bird rate. The LILRC 25th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future will take place on October 20th and 21st at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park.
Archives Month was established to focus attention on America’s history and the organizations that work to maintain that history. Since the late 1980’s more and more states across the United States are celebrating Archives Month.
Every community on Long Island and every community and county in New York State is a part of America’s history. Why not spotlight your community’s history by planning an Archives Month event. Please complete the Archives Month Calendar of Events form online at: https://goo.gl/forms/eiNOIhPRU9KtEy4s2 by September 23, 2016.
Your event will then be added to LILRC’s Archives Month Calendar of Events, which will be made available on our website. If you are not on the LILRC mailing list, and would like your event included in the calendar, please contact the Regional Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 21th Annual Archives Month Conference will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016.
Place: The Vanderbilt Mansion, Museum, and Planetarium,
180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, New York 11721 This year’s conference title is: “Documentation of Long Island Artists”
How to Celebrate Archives Month
(Courtesy Susan D’Entremont, Regional Archivist-Capital District Library Council)
Open your doors: Hold an open house and provide tours of your facility.
Highlight a photograph from your collection by placing it in the town newspaper, public library circulation desk, town hall or other public location.
Mount exhibits using materials from your repository.
Sponsor a lecture by a researcher who has used your collection.
Impersonate someone else: Create a living history event by acting as someone whose letters, diaries or other items are in your collection.
Sponsor a workshop or brown-bag discussion on preserving family treasures.
Engage students in an Archives Month project, such as an essay contest, that encourages them to use historical records from your repository.
Host a reception to thank Archives Volunteers. If you are an all volunteer group, throw yourselves a party! Invite friends and neighbors.
Present a lecture on genealogical research and the sources available.
Invite residents to bring in their own photos, letters and memories to share with others during a local history celebration.
Organize a walking tour of a neighborhood documented by your repository.
LILRC 25th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future
Open for Business: Rethinking Relevance and Reality
October 20 & 21, 2016 Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park
We’ve already given you a sneak peek to Dr. Bill Brennan, our Thursday evening speaker, who will be presenting 3 Trends That Define the Future of Education: Innovation Labs, Makerspaces and Learning Commons.
Here is a preview into two of the speakers’ presentations for our Friday, October 21st full-day event:
Tom Jacobson, Principal Consultant, Third Chapter Partners will address Marketing the Value of Your Library:New Technologies, Practices, and Privacy.
There is a new generation of marketing technologies that libraries can use to better understand their digital users and improve those users’ experiences. They enable libraries to engage them in a much more personalized manner. These activities can raise questions regarding data requirements and management, privacy, and proper use. This session will explore this new functionality and the issues that libraries will face as they begin to use these new technologies
Kerri Willette, Deputy Director and Empire State Digital Network Manager from METRO, will present DPLA: Impact on Libraries.
Empire State Digital Network (ESDN), the New York State service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), is administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in partnership with the Empire State Library Network. Together, partners from around the state collaborate to contribute digital resources from hundreds of New York collecting institutions to DPLA. This talk will review ESDN’s network, technology, infrastructure and project next steps.
Learn more about our Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future by viewing the Conference Brochure.
LILRC 25th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future
Open for Business: Rethinking Relevance and Reality
October 21 & 22, 2016 Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park
As most of you already know, LILRC’s Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future is packed with inspirational speakers and noted library leaders.
This year’s conference, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will again offer an impressive roster of movers and shakers from the education, library and publishing worlds. So, we thought we’d offer a little sneak peek at the Annual Conference’s Thursday night speaker, Bill Brennan, Ed.D, who will be presenting, 3 Trends That Define the Future of Education: Innovation Labs, Makerspaces and Learning Commons. In today’s most innovative and dynamic school environments, the teaching and learning process is being transformed to foster new rules of engagement and empowerment. Dr. Brennan will share the many ways forward-thinking educators in Farmingdale Schools are breaking down traditional walls to create a culture of personalized and passion based learning. Learn how these trends are the key to ensuring that our students possess the knowledge, confidence and mindset to thrive in a rapidly changing global society. Given the growing momentum of these trends, what are the implications for students, teachers, schools, and the education community at large?
Learn more about Brennan and the other speakers you’ll see on Friday exploring the theme, Open for Business: Rethinking Relevance and Reality. Visit the LILRC website for more details at http://www.lilrc.org/event/25thannconfriday.
Join LILRC for this free Summer Vendor Demo featuring the T-Mobile’s ZTE Falcon portable hotspot devices.
In this session, lead by Mark Schenk from T-Mobile Government and Education Office, will discuss the mobile hotspot lending program and other new initiatives for education.
A library mobile hotspot lending program can help bridge the digital divide by offering patrons mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout. Library users without broadband internet access at home can borrow the device to gain Internet access for job searching, doing homework, or acquiring information about public resources, etc. The latest 4G LTE Mobile Wifi Hotspot can be used for Internet connection at home or on the go.
Join us to learn more.
Friday, August 26, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (EDT)
Farmingdale Public Library – 116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Believe it or not, the LILRC 25th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future will be here in less than three months! This year’s Conference, scheduled for October 20-21, 2016, marks the 25th anniversary of this important educational event. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate this milestone, and take advantage of our early bird registration rates, which are now available!
With an eye towards the future, this year’s conference will explore the theme, Open for Business: Rethinking Relevance and Reality and will feature the following guest speakers:
Pablo Calvi, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University Presentation Title: Journalism, Libraries and Technology
Kerri Willette, Deputy Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) Presentation Title: DPLA: Impact on Libraries
Jim Milliot, Editorial Director, Publishers Weekly Presentation Title: Impact of Technology on Publishing
Tom Jacobson, Principal Consultant, Third Chapter Partners Presentation Title: Marketing the Value of Your Library: New Technologies, Practices, and Privacy
Why register early? Because our Early Bird registration comes with a special price: $135 for the full conference package of learning and networking on October 20-21 at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park. That’s $30 off the regular rate, but only when you register by Tuesday, September 20th. Keep in mind, the full conference package can be split between two people! After that the price goes up, so don’t wait to take advantage. In addition, first-time attendees will receive a 10% discount and students are eligible for a special rate.
We hope that you’ll join us in celebrating 25 years of this leading educational conference on Long Island! Be sure to visit the LILRC website at www.lilrc.org for more details.
Professional development is a major benefit that LILRC provides to all our members, but we know that attending in-person sessions doesn’t always work with your increasingly busy schedule. Here’s a quick look at some on-demand options that you can check out yourself:
(Subscription Form) LILRC continues to offer 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 40,000 training videos and 150+ software applications such as:
Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, OneNote, etc.
Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver
iOS, iTunes, iMovie, iPad, etc.
Social media and WordPress
Google Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, SketchUp, etc.
Landing the Job: Interview Techniques
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.
Library Juice Academy
LILRC members are eligible to receive registration discounts to Library Juice Academy’s two- and four-week asynchronous online classes. LILRC members will receive a 20% discount on any LJA courses and webinars when they use the code LILRC during online registration (Expect to pay $175 for most courses).
Empire State Library Network (ESLN)
The Empire State Library Network is LILRC’s umbrella organization for statewide library councils like LILRC. You’ll find some webinars that our sister councils have planned on the ESLN calendar (Expect to pay a small fee for most webinars).
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, over 100 participants gathered for this year’s LILRC Annual Membership Meeting, which took place at the Farmingdale Public Library.
The morning kicked-off with the LILRC business meeting, which was followed by the Keynote Speaker, David Vinjamuri, President and Founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers, who presented, Social Media for Library Marketing & Branding. In his talk, David discussed how to use social media to empower your library and effectively use a limited budget to promote events, build awareness for programs and enhance your library’s brand.
After a short networking break, our Lightning Round speakers took to the podium to share their innovative ideas, services and programs with attendees. Ludmila Pollock, Executive Director of Library and Archives at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory began the session with her presentation, Talking Science with Molecular Biologists through the Decades: CSHL Interactive Oral History. She discussed the CSHL Oral History Collection, which is a major initiative to document the history of science through the words and images of the scientists who have worked and regularly visited Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Examples were shared with attendees, including scientists working on the Human Genome Project and Women in Science. In addition, she shared the interview process as well as the oral history videotapes process.
Next up was Martha DiVittorio, Grant Writing, Marketing and Reference Librarian at the Bellmore Memorial Library, who presented, StoryCorps at the Bellmore Memorial Library: How Oral History Connected the Library to Its Community. Martha described in detail the library’s involvement in StoryCorps, after receiving a $2,500 grant and Story Kit from NPR. By finding partners in the community, trained library staff and volunteers have helped preserve 23 of their community’s stories through oral histories.
Ellen Druda, Librarian Supervisor, Technology & Internet Services at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library and Margie Hartough, Head, Teen Services at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library presented, Lend-A-Hand: 3D Printing with a Purpose, and explored the world of 3D printing at their library, which serves a humane purpose. In teaming up with E-nable, the library’s 3D printers are used to create prosthetic hands, which are in turn assembled by community volunteers, who are given a patron assembly kit.
Shifting gears slightly, Sara Alcorn, MS LIS graduate student of St. John’s University presented, Designing for Access with WordPress: A Collaberation with NCLA Archives, which focused on the internship project being conducted for the Nassau County Library Association (NCLA). In her presentation, Sara shared the goal of the NCLA Archive Digitization Project and the work being done to digitize and make accessible on the Internet the archives of the NCLA, currently stored at Farmingdale Public Library. She showcased a sample of the materials currently digitized as well as the website constructed to display the items, which can be viewed online at: http://archives.ncla.info.
To conclude the Lightning Round presentations, 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Head of Young Adult Services at the Uniondale Public Library presented, Empowering Teens by Any Means Necessary. In her talk, Syntychia shared the success story of her Empowerment Academy for teens in her library community. Through the Empowerment Academy, teens sign up and participate in a number of workshops covering topic such as conflict resolutions, college preparation, nanotechnology and much more. In advocating for the teens in the community, the program has also drawn in parents to participate and the teens receive rewards for their hard work, such as library goodies and gift cards. In incorporating this program into the library, she has been able to attract teens who wouldn’t normally come to the library and provide exposure to the various aspects of the arts, humanities, science and technology all while encouraging positive behavior and building their self-esteem.
The LILRC Annual Membership meeting provides an opportunity for members and non-members alike to join together and learn more about LILRC happenings, but more importantly, learn from your colleagues success stories! If you would like to get involved and share your success story, please feel free to contact us. Special thanks to the LILRC Board of Trustees, the Farmingdale Public Library for hosting this year’s event, and to everyone who participated!
We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.