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2017 LILRC Annual Membership Meeting #TBT

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 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, Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal (pictured to the right) who presented, A Better Ladder: Building the Leaders We Need. In her talk, Rebecca discussed the issues libraries are facing in finding and elevating enough leaders who rise to the challenge of managing the constant social and technological change occurring at ever-escalating rates. She described the changes to organizational culture required to support this evolution, while addressing the persisting diversity challenge in terms of retention and promotion. Rebecca shared numerous examples and challenged attendees to look at their own institutions. Are there leaders at your institutions? Who can help our libraries be as dynamic as they need to be?

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After a short networking break, our Lightning Round speakers took to the podium to share their innovative ideas, services and programs with attendees.

Darren Chase, Head of the Center for Scholarly Communication, Stony Brook University Libraries began the session with his presentation, Open Access @ Stony Brook University: The Open Access Policy and Repository. He discussed the University’s Open Access Policy which was adopted on February 6, 2017, more specifically how it leverages Green Open Access. Authors retain copyright, publish in the journals of their choice, share accepted manuscripts in an OA repository and Avoid APC fees. Darren discussed the advantages of the policy, how faculy can deposit materials to the repository and communicating with publishers. Open Access @ SBU is available online at:

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Next up was Nancy Evans, YA Librarian at the Levittown Public Library, who presented, Strong Girl School: Creating and Running a Program Addressing Gender Bias, Inequality and Self-Esteem Building for Girls. Nancy described the Strong Girls School, which is a young adult program that addresses gender bias, inequality and self-esteem-building for girls. Nancy developed the idea after reading YA author Maureen Johnson’s essay, “Whay Do We Photoshop People?” with her writing group, who were, coincidentally, all girls. It sparked so much discussion about beauty, body image, self-esteem and the media that she knew there was a program there. She covered how to run the program, including some of the topics covered as well as the resources you need to get you started.

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Denise Fabiszak, Director of the East Hampton Library presented, Authors Night-Development of a Major Fundraiser, which provided attendees with an insightful glimpse into the very successful East Hampton Library’s Authors Night. Authors Night is a lavish fundraiser to benefit the East Hampton Library and all proceeds go directly to the Library. Denise provided a history of the event, which began in 2005 with a handful of dinners and a few hundred attendees, and has grown to be the premier literary event of the Hamptons with 100 authors and more than 2,500 people in attendance. He concluded by sharing some ideas about the future development of the event, including how to get more guests, outreach to corporate sponsors and a possible sister event in New York City.

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Shifting from program-focused topics to technology, Ellen Druda, Digital Services Librarian and Charlene Muhr, Assistant Director of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library presented, Podcasting at Your Library, and shared their story of how they got started with podcasting at the library with the creation of the In the Stacks Podcast ( The discussed working together, striking the right tone, and what to discuss. In addition, they shared tips on recording devices to use, free editing software (Audacity), music resources, hosting services, and how to promote. In concluding, Ellen and Charlene shared lessons learned including how to arrange schedules and where (and where not) to record.

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Next up was Thomas Tarantowicz, Director of the Brentwood Public Library, who presented, Access to All: WiFi Hotspots in Your Community. Tom discussed the Brentwood Public Library’s free wifi hotspot lending program, which utilizes the T-Mobile ZTE device. This service, which is extremely successful, is being utilized by the community and provides a service that was very much needed.

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Jamie Saragossi, Health Sciences Collection Development & Outreach Librarian continued the Lightening Round session with her presentation, A Comparison of Two 3D Printing Programs in Academic Library Settings, which discussed a National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) grant-funded project. Jamie discussed how this project allowed for embedded librarians to integrate 3D printing technology into master’s level health sciences courses at Touro College School of Health Sciences. For this project, physical therapy and occupational therapy faculty received training on the Makerbot 3D printer, which was located in the library and took advantage of the Embedded Librarian initiative. Jamie also discussed The Innovation Lab at Stony Brook University, which is an on campus space where students can find the technology and collaborators to turn ideas into prototypes and prototypes into projects. The Innovation Lab has a pop up version that is at the Stony Brook Health Sciences Library. Jamie discussed the challenges, successes and plans for future implications and continuity.

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To conclude the Lightning Round presentations, Carol Gilliam, Black Heritage Librarian at Roosevelt Public Library spoke about The Black Heritage Collection of the Roosevelt Public Library, which houses a comprehensive reference and circulating collection of print and non-print materials written about and related to Black Culture. In addition, Carol expressed the importance of preserving the history of the community and sharing its story.

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.

Conference Discounts

Discount Rates for Internet Librarian 2017 Now Available!

Internet Librarian 2017
ROI Magic Sauce: Communities, Collections, Collaboration

The Internet Librarian 2017 conference will be held October 23-25, 2017, at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey, California. As in the past, we’re offering huge savings!

Take a look at this year’s new pass types and available special rates:

Includes all Internet Librarian AND Internet@Schools conference sessions, plus one full day or two half day workshops, at the discounted rate of $649 (regularly $789).


Full Three-Day Conference Pass
Includes all keynotes, conference sessions, and networking events. No discount rates are available for the separately priced preconference workshops.

The Full Three-Day Pass will be $389 (regularly $549). No discount rates are available for the separately priced preconference workshops.)

In addition, the discount rate of $119 (regularly $209) on the Internet@Schools Track is also available.

For additional information on Internet Librarian 2017, including travel and hotel information, please visit: The conference Advance Program can be viewed online at:


This year there are two registration options! Simply register online using the following URL: or visit and use the promo code LILRC17. Online registrations can be made until September 22, 2017 to receive the discounted rates. After this time, rates will go up.

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2017 Annual Membership Meeting Lightning Round Presenters Announced!

The 2017 LILRC Annual Membership Meeting is now just over a month away…have you R.S.V.P.’d yet?  This year’s event will be held at the Farmingdale Public Library on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Join us at 9:00 a.m. for morning refreshments and a chance to network with colleagues.  Our business meeting will be followed by our keynote speaker.  In addition, we’re thrilled to announce our Lightning Round presentations from local library innovators, who will share new ideas with us!

Lightning Round Presentations:

OPEN ACCESS @ STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY: The Open Access Policy and Repository
Presented by: Darren Chase, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Stony Brook University Libraries

Strong Girls School: Create a Program Addressing Gender Bias, Inequality and Self-Esteem Building for Girls
Presented by: Nancy Evans, YA Librarian, Levittown Public Library

Authors Night: Development of a Major Fundraiser
Presented by: Dennis Fabiszak, Director, East Hampton Library

Podcasting at Your Library
Co-Presented by: Ellen Druda, Digital Services Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library and Charlene Muhr, Assistant Director, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Access to All: WiFi Hotspots in Your Community
Presented by: Thomas A. Tarantowicz, Director, Brentwood Public Library

A Comparison of Two 3D Printing Programs in Academic Library Settings
Presented by: Jamie Saragossi, MLS, Health Science Collection Development & Outreach Librarian, Stony Brook University Health Sciences Library

Please be sure to mark your calendar, register, and join us for this free event. CEU credits will be awarded to all attendees. LILRC members and non-members alike are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Saving, Investing and Avoiding Fraud: An Overview of Resources from the Securities and Exchange Commission

Join LILRC as we host an Empire State Library Network (ESLN) webinar on Wednesday, May 17th from 10AM-11:30AM with guest speaker Tom Manganello, Senior Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission/Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).

The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. On May 17, 2017 from 10-11:30 a.m., the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy will give a presentation on free SEC resources to help your patrons make informed investment choices and avoid fraud.

Topics will include:
·        Compound interest
·        Types of investment products and their risks
·        Impact of fees
·        Common red flags of fraud
·        Checking the background of your investment professional

Visit – the SEC’s website for individual investors – for free educational tools and resources.  And check out our new bulletin on Ten Ways to Use

Presenter: Tom Manganello is a senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).  In that role, Tom researches and drafts investor alerts and bulletins, helps manage investor education content on the SEC’s website,, and conducts presentations on investor education to millennials, military, seniors, students, and other audiences, and he regularly contributes to OIEA’s social media outreach on Twitter and Facebook.

Prior to joining OIEA, Tom spent ten years in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where he investigated violations of the federal securities laws, including insider trading, Ponzi and pyramid schemes, accounting and broker fraud, and unregistered offerings.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and earned a BS in journalism from Ohio University.

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2017 Annual Membership Meeting Keynote Speaker Announced

Rebecca Miller, Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting! The keynote address is titled:

A Better Ladder: Building the Leaders We Need

Rebecca T. Miller is Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal. Born a twin and raised in a large family in the rural West, her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of Library Journal. In 2013, Miller was named Editorial Director of LJ and SLJ. She directs the editorial strategy for both brands and is deeply involved in the original research SLJ and LJ conduct. Miller initiated the annual LJ Index of Public Library Service (America’s Star Libraries), and envisioned and launched the New Landmark Libraries project. Miller is the coeditor with Barbara A. Genco of Better Library Design: Ideas from Library Journal (2016) and Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal (2015), both published by Rowman & Littlefield. Miller served for six years on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, two as President. Currently, she is a New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative cocreator. She has a BA from DePauw University, IN, and an MSLIS from New York’s Pratt Institute.

The 2017 LILRC Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Farmingdale Public Library on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Join us at 9:00 a.m. for morning refreshments and a chance to network with colleagues. Our business meeting will be followed by our keynote speaker. In addition, we’ll have a Lightning Round session with presentations from local library innovators, who will share new ideas with us.

Please be sure to mark your calendar, register, and join us for this free event. CEU credits will be awarded to all attendees. LILRC members and non-members alike are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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LILRC’s Upcoming Workshops for January-June 2017

The January-June 2017 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.

2017-january-june-ce-brochureHere’s a quick peek at our line-up of guest speakers:

  • Joshua Bienstock, J.D., Assistant Professor of Law and Associate, Center for Human Resource Studies at NYIT, presenting: A Manager’s Guide to Employment Discrimination Laws and Practices, Part II.
  • Ben Himmelfarb, Librarian at White Plains Public Library and Library Journal Mover and Shaker, presenting: A New Place for Local History
  • Claire Schmieder, Adult Services Librarian at Cherry Hill (N.J.) Public Library, presenting: Library Paparazzi: Next Level Tips for #LibrariesOfInstagram

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


WordPress & Web Design Crash Course Provides Energetic Look at Building Dynamic Library Websites

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.

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A Closer Look at LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future Speaker Pablo Calvi

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, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

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.

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Don’t Miss Out…Early-Bird Rates End Soon!

Don’t miss out—you’re running out of time to save big on early-bird registration!

We’re a few short weeks away from the LILRC 25th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, which will explore the theme: Open for Business: Rethinking Relevance and Reality.

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.

We look forward to seeing you there!