Annual Conference

That’s a Wrap! Highlights from the LILRC 24th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

Hard to believe the LILRC 24th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future is now eighteen days behind us!  This was one of LILRC’s largest conferences yet, featuring four guest speakers with over 170 participants attending the Thursday evening and full-day Friday event in Bethpage, New York at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park.

This year’s conference theme, Changing Spaces, Changing Faces: Design Thinking, Demographics and Diversity brought together and showcased speakers with a passion for sharing knowledge, expertise, and entrepreneurial ideas.  That’s what you missed (plus more) if you weren’t there, but we’re here to share some highlights from the event with you!

First up: Andrew Hazen, CEO of LaunchPad.  Andrew is a successful entrepreneur with 20+ years’ experience in Domain Name Investing & Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Paid Search (PPC), eMail Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Custom Bobbleheads (yes, bobbleheads!).  Andrew, who’s no stranger to libraries, opened with a story about how he spent his college years optimizing websites while attending law school in Michigan.  He spent countless hours researching keywords, writing tags & copy, testing URL strategies and building internet marketing skills.  Fast forward to today, and Andrew is currently the Founder & CEO of Angel Dough Ventures, the Co-Founder of LaunchPad Long Island a 12k sq foot business accelerator and coworking community, and the Founder of LI Startups, an organization that educates and provides mentors who have successful experience founding, growing and selling their companies.  Some food for thought offered was how can libraries provide resources for our communities of future entrepreneurs, inventors, and business owners?  Andrew pointed out a fundamental need of entrepeneurs and that is a work environment that is quiet but also allows for collaboration.  Libraries have valuable facilities, with access to computers, the internet, meeting spaces and much more.  Not to mention our valuable resources and knowledgeable staff.  He reflected on the many factors libraries have in their favor; the question to answer is: how do you market them?

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The Conference resumed on Friday with our remaining speakers covering the topics of diversity, demographics and design thinking.  Take a look at the presentation slides for a glimpse at the information shared with attendees.

Courtney L. Young, Head Librarian & Professor of Women’s Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny and President 2014-2015, American Library Association, addressed diversity in her presentation:

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Nathalia Rogers, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the American Communities Institute at Dowling College, has, for the past 20 years, researched the dynamics of the relationship between politics and markets in both emerging and advanced economies.  Dr. Rogers addressed demographics in her presentation:

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Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University, who writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership, higher education, design thinking and user experience, addressed design thinking in his presentation:

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Whether you missed out on the conference or just want to experience it again, LILRC will be loaning DVDs of the conference soon. Additional information will be posted to the LILRC website.

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, Palmer School, Emerald Island Supply Company, Hometown Insurance Agency, Inc., Island Industrial Boilers, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, St. John’s University, and the Suffolk County Library Association.

The LILRC Annual Conference Committee, LILRC Board of Trustees, and Connie Litcher.


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