Annual Meeting

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.

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