Highlights from the 26th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

We had such a wonderful time with our colleagues at the 26th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future at Carlyle on the Green on October 26 & 27, 2017.

This year’s conference theme, Design the Experience: Risk & Reward, showcased speakers with a vast array of experience, each with a passion for sharing their knowledge.

On Thursday night, our speaker Paulette Brinka gave a talk titled: “Fake News – the often fraught relationship between politicians and the Fourth Estate.” Paulette Brinka currently teaches at Suffolk County Community College, and previously had a career in radio and in local government. Paulette highlighted the current fascination with “fake news,” and how she teaches her students to be intelligent consumers of media. Attendees enjoyed Paulette’s anecdotes from the news world and the classroom, and appreciated her insights into the current schism between news and government officials.

After dinner, LILRC’s director, Mr. Herbert Biblo, was honored by the library community with a cake commemorating his retirement from LILRC.

On Friday, the day got started with a presentation by Emily Drabinski. Emily is a LIU Brooklyn professor and was honored as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She gave a riveting talk titled: “Shifting Shelves: Time, Place, and the Politics of Library Space.” Emily discussed the power structures within library classification systems and shelving patterns.

Drabinski LILRC Presentation

After, David Favaloro, Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Tenement Museum, gave a talk titled, “Harnessing the Power of History: Connecting Past and Present at the Tenement Museum.” David discussed the work of the Tenement Museum, and how the museum is designed to bridge past immigrant experiences to current immigrant experiences and tell stories. He also talked about the use of technology in The Tenement Museum to help tell those stories.

7 Favalolo - LI Library Conference 2017

Our final speaker of the day was Les Bluestone, Blue Sea Development Co-Founder and Recipient of the Center for Active Design Award. Les gave a fascinating talk about designing for active, healthy lifestyles. Les talked about his own buildings, and also gave ideas for libraries to incorporate active design. If you’re interested in active design, visit the Center for Active Design website.

Thank you to all who attended this year’s annual conference! We hope to see you next year!

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