On June 16, 2015, the Long Island Library Resources Council held its Annual Membership Meeting at the Farmingdale Public Library with over 80 people in attendance.
The morning kicked-off with a business meeting, which was followed by Keynote Speaker Mary Lee Kennedy, Chief Library Officer, New York Public Library, who presented, Hacking Strategies for Library Innovation. During her presentation, Mary Lee discussed innovating and engaging communities, with examples of how the New York Public Library is hacking and creating new environments and experiences for the community.
After a short networking break, our Lightning Round speakers provided insights, ideas, tips, and challenges for innovative programs and services at their libraries. First-up was Sara Bedell-Spataro, Adult Reference Librarian, Patchogue-Medford Library, who presented, How Public Libraries are Keeping up with Media Consumption in the Community.
Next-up was Chris Kretz, Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian, Dowling College Library who provided attendees with an audio glimpse into the world of podcasting in his presentation, Confessions of a Library Podcaster.
Tracy LaStella, Coordinator for Youth Services, Middle Country Public Library continued the line-up of speakers with her presentation, Collaborations and Partnerships: Building Communities to Support Families, which provided attendees with a wealth of information and resources on programs and curriculum for families, including EatPlayGrow, UMIGO, and the Nature Explorium at Middle Country Public Library.
Closing out the session was Carl Vitevitch, Supervisor, Nassau BOCES School Library Services who presented, An Experiment on the Wire: Nassau BOCES School Library System’s Adventure on Twitter. Carl shared the experiences of the Nassau BOCES School Library System on using Twitter professionally to share information and resources.
Special thanks to all of our guest speakers and to the Farmingdale Public Library for hosting this year’s event.