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Join Us for This Year’s LILRC Annual Membership Meeting

The Long Island Library Resources Council will host the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 18th at Carlyle on the Green-Bethpage State Park. This meeting is open to current or potential members, library enthusiasts, and all interested in learning more about LILRC.

200x94xUni_Logo_Cube.png.pagespeed.ic.9SYTJtRhFuWe’ll start the morning with a buffet breakfast from 9am-10:15am, where you’ll have the chance to meet LILRC staff, network with colleagues, and get ready for the morning’s event (the registration fee is $25).  Or just plan to attend the business portion of the meeting from 10:15am-12pm, which is free!  This will include a recap of 2014 efforts, the director’s report, and an introduction of members of the Board of Trustees.  In addition, we will have a special presentation by Leslie Davol, Co-founder and Director of the Uni Project, who will present, “The Uni Project’s Pop-Up Reading Rooms.”

We invite you to be our guest and join us for this year’s LILRC Annual Membership Meeting!  Registration information can be found online at: http://www.lilrc.org/event/1426/.

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That’s a Wrap on this Year’s LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

This year’s Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future took place on October 23rd and 24th, 2014 at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park and it focused on the theme: Think Outside the Bricks: Embed, Engage, Expand.

The conference kicked-off on Thursday night with hors d’oeuvres and a chance to network with colleagues at our new conference venue, Carlyle on the Green.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, Assembly District 22, and she presented, “From the State House to the Stacks- A dialogue on engaging State Government.”  In her talk, she focused on how library advocates and communities must look for ways to engage government and lawmakers.

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With over 100 attendees in the audience, David Shumaker, Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science of the Catholic University of America, kicked-off Friday’s event with his presentation, “The New Net-Centric Librarian.”  In this talk, David began by addressing such questions as: what roles will our library staff be fulfilling in the future?  What is the job of the reference librarian?  To illustrate this, attendees were tasked with drawing a picture of the job of a reference librarian in 30 seconds.  David then discussed how embedded librarians, specifically reference librarians, operate in a complex network of relationships: with each other, with vendors of products and services, and most importantly with diverse members of the communities they serve.

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Up next: Erin Cannan, Associate Director of Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement and Erica Freudenberger, Director of Red Hook Public Library, who demonstrated how the key to the future of libraries is in dynamic partnerships.  In their presentation, “Innovation and Transformation Through Partnership,” Erica began by discussing how the Red Hook Public Library redefined its goals as a small rural library by seeking partnerships, including the one it forged with Bard College.  They both shared their experience as public innovators, where a partnership led to personal and professional transformations both for their organizations and the communities they serve.

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Lunch was served following the two morning presentations and attendees had an opportunity to network and enjoy the grounds of Bethpage State Park.

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The conference concluded with an engaging presentation from Christian Zabriskie, founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite, who presented, “Street Librarianship: Going Where Your Users Aren’t.”  In this presentation, Christian shared how Urban Librarians Unite has been doing creative advocacy and active outreach for libraries in New York City.  Attendees got a glimpse of this through photos of events, including zombie librarians walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and the Annual 24 Hour Read In.  This example, and many others provided, help to illustrate the work of Urban Librarians Unite as well as  demonstrate their own brand of “narrative advocacy.”   He shared the importance of advocacy and how dynamic library activism as well as doing direct community outreach via street librarianship has had a huge impact.

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, Kevin A. Seaman, Esq., National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Pronunciator, Regan Agency, Inc., Sandpebble Builders Inc., St. John’s University, Suffolk County Library Association, and Thermal Solutions, Inc.

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

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Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages to Kick-Off the LILRC Annual Conference

With less than 48 hours until this year’s LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, here’s a sneak peek at our guest speaker for Thursday night.

Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, Assembly District 22, will kick-off the event as our dinner speaker with her presentation, “From the State House to the Stacks- A dialogue on engaging State Government.”

She will discuss how libraries nationwide are straining from the effect of annual cuts in funding. According to the American Library Association, over the past four years more than half the states have reported a decrease in funding, with cumulative cuts averaging greater than 10 percent. As demand for essential services increases, library advocates and communities must look for ways to engage government and lawmakers.

Haven’t registered yet?  There’s still time!  Visit the LILRC website at www.lilrc.org for additional information or go to http://www.lilrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/event1410.pdf for the registration form.

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LILRC Annual Conference Final Speaker Sneak Peek: Christian Zabriskie

With only 4 days and counting to take advantage of early bird rates for this year’s LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, here’s another look at our final guest speaker for Friday’s event.

CZheadshotChristian Zabriskie, founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite, will be presenting:

Street Librarianship: Going Where Your Users Aren’t

Urban Librarians Unite has been doing creative advocacy and active outreach for libraries in New York City. They have developed their own brand of “narrative advocacy” where they “lean in to the controlled crazy” for five years of budget battles. Hear about how they create dynamic library activism as well as doing direct community outreach via street librarianship.

More about Christian:
Christian Zabriskie is the founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite, a 501c3 dedicated to promoting libraries and librarianship in large urban centers. He is the coauthor of Grassroots Library Advocacy: A Special Report available through ALA Editions and a frequent speaker on library advocacy, urban libraries, graphic novels in libraries, and library service to at risk youth.

Please visit the LILRC website at www.lilrc.org for additional information or go to http://www.lilrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/event1410.pdf for the registration form.

In addition to the Early Bird rate, we’re offering a First Time Attendee discount—be sure to take advantage today!

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Here’s Another Sneak Peek at LILRC Annual Confernece Speakers: Erin Cannan & Erica Freudenberger

LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future
Think Outside the Bricks: Embed, Engage, Expand

speakersWith less than 7 days and counting to take advantage of early bird rates for this year’s LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, here’s another look at two of our guest speakers for Friday’s event.

Erin Cannan, Associate Director of Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement and Erica Freudenberger, Director of Red Hook Public Library (pictured to the right) will be presenting:

Innovation and Transformation Through Partnership

Libraries are cornerstone to American democracy. What does it mean for libraries to look beyond the boundaries of space and mission? What does it mean when librarians act as innovators responsible for forging private and public partnerships in order to act as central agents for change?  Find out how Red Hook Public Library redefined its goals as a small rural library by seeking partnerships, including the one it forged with Bard College.  Learn how the experience changed both the organization and the people involved. Erin Cannan, Associate Director of Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement and Erica Freudenberger, Director of Red Hook Public Library, share their experience as public innovators where a partnership led to personal and professional transformations both for their organizations and the communities they serve.

Please visit the LILRC website at www.lilrc.org for additional information or go to http://www.lilrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/event1410.pdf for the registration form.

In addition to the Early Bird rate, we’re offering a First Time Attendee discount—be sure to take advantage today!

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LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries & the Future Speaker Sneak Peek: David Shumaker

LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future
Think Outside the Bricks: Embed, Engage, Expand

With only 18 days and counting to take advantage of early bird rates for this year’s LILRC 23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, let’s take a look at one of our guest speakers for Thursday’s event.

ShumakerHeadshotDavid Shumaker (pictured to the right) from The Catholic University of America will be presenting:

The New Net-Centric Librarian

Embedded librarians operate in a complex network of relationships: with each other, with vendors of products and services, and most importantly with diverse members of the communities they serve. As their professional lives become centered on these networked relationships, instead of the library, they may find themselves redefining fundamental values and principles of librarianship, including the nature of service, the identity of the library as an institution, and the role of librarians in the community.

Here’s more about David:

David Shumaker is Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science of the Catholic University of America. Previously, he was manager of Information Services at the MITRE Corporation, and early in his career he was both a Slavic languages cataloger and an automation specialist for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress.

Dave’s research and publication focus on the development and successful implementation of new roles for librarians in all types of organizations, with a special emphasis on embedded librarianship. Dave frequently speaks and conducts workshops on this topic. His book, The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It’s Needed, was published by Information Today in 2012. It has been termed “a must read for every librarian” by Maureen Sullivan, past president of the American Library Association. He continues to share insights on his blog, The Embedded Librarian, at http://www.embeddedlibrarian.com .

Dave’s contributions to the profession have earned him a variety of awards, including the Board of Directors and Member of the Year awards of the DC Chapter of SLA, the Ainsworth Rand Spofford award of the District of Columbia Library Association, and SLA’s Rose Vormelker Award. He earned his Master’s in Library and Information Science at Drexel, and also has a Master’s in Management from the University of Maryland University College.

Please visit the LILRC website at www.lilrc.org for additional information or go to http://www.lilrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/event1410.pdf for the registration form.

In addition to the Early Bird rate, we’re offering a First Time Attendee discount—be sure to take advantage today!

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23rd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future: Think Outside the Bricks: Embed, Engage, Expand

This year marks the 23rd year of the LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, which will take place on October 23rd and 24th, 2014 at a new location: Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park.  This year’s speakers will take us outside the walls of the library as we explore the theme, Think Outside the Bricks: Embed, Engage, Expand.

The conference will kick-off on Thursday night with dinner and our guest speaker, New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, Assembly District 22, and Member, NYS Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology.  Michaelle is no stranger to libraries and after graduating from Hofstra, she worked as a supervisor of access services at the University’s Axinn Library.

The conference will resume on Friday morning with a continental breakfast, networking and full line-up of speakers who will challenge attendees to think outside the walls of our institutions, including:2014 speakers

▪Erin Cannan, Bard College, Center for Civic Engagement
▪Erica Freudenberger, Red Hook Public Library
▪David Shumaker, Catholic University of America
▪Christian Zabriskie, Queens Library, Urban Librarians Unite

Please visit the LILRC website at www.lilrc.org for additional information or go to http://www.lilrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/event1410.pdf for the registration form.

We’re offering an Early Bird rate as well as a First Time Attendee discount—be sure to take advantage today!

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If You Missed Out on the 22nd LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, Here’s a Recap!

This year’s Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future took place on October 24th and 25th, 2013 at Dowling College, Fortunoff Hall and it focused on the theme: Community by Design: Innovation & Transformation.

The conference kicked-off on Thursday night with hors d’oeuvres and a chance to network with collegues at the beautiful Fortunoff Hall at Dowling College.  Afterwards, attendees were ushered into the Ballroom for dinner, which was followed by dessert…although the real treat was our guest speaker Joe Raiola–solo performer, comedy writer, producer, director and speaker on first amendment issues.  Joe Raiola

In his performance of the Joy of Censorship, Joe explored the topic of censorship by providing a lively and engaging performance.  Early on, he displayed his artistic expression in the citing of his The Guns inspired by Edgar Allen Poe.  Joe continued with other examples of abuses of the First Amendment as well as a discussion of the history of MAD Magazine.  Did you know that in its early days MAD Magazine was converted from a comic book in the 1950s to a magazine in order to avoid censorship?  This is just one of the many insights provided during his humorous and thought-provoking performance.

Reflections on Labrary
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Joe Raiola was a hard act to follow, but our guest speakers for Friday’s full-day event pulled it off! With over 100 attendees in the audience, Jessica Yurkofsky, Librarian at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, kicked-off the day with her presentation, “Reflections on LABRARY: A Harvard Library Experiment.”  In this talk, Jessica shared the story behind LABRARY, which was an experimental Pop-Up space put together by Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students from the the Library Test Kitchen (http://www.librarytestkitchen.org), with the help of the Harvard Library and the Library Lab in December of 2012.  The LABRARY, which was located in an empty storefront in the middle of Harvard Square, was open to all and provided a space for collaberation, brainstorming, ingenuity and much more!  Here’s a look at some of the creative projects that came out of the LABRARY:

Interested in learning more?  Listen to a portion of Jessica’s presentation about the LABRARY:

Up next: Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna, Teacher Librarians and Library Journal 2013 Movers and Shakers. This dynamic-duo sees the key to the future of libraries in collaboration and community outreach.  They shared thier journey on how they’ve managed to reach out and build strong connections in their community, including engaging not only students, parents and school board members, but other libraries as well.

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Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna

Margaux and Rose also discussed the importance of advocacy and the new Common Core State Standards, which aim to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”  Many questions have arisen based on these new standards and Margaux and Rose shared the following video as a helpful resource for introducing the Common Core State Standards:

For additional information and a complete list of resources shared, attendees were encouraged to visit the Why Common Core Standards Matter Wiki online at: http://whycommoncorestandardsmatter.wikispaces.com/Common+Core+Resources.

Jessica Yurkofsky with attendees in the Inflatable Reading Room
Jessica Yurkofsky with attendees in the Inflatable Reading Room

Lunch was served following the two morning presentations and attendees had an opportunity to network, enjoy the grounds of Dowling College, and take a first-hand look at the Inflatable Reading Room that Jessica had discussed earlier in the day!

Bill Brewer Presentation
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Last, but certainly not least, was our third speaker, Bill Brewer, Director of Client Relations from Designed Learning, Inc. who presented, “Six Conversations that Matter: Leadership Language in Action.”  Bill brought the conference to a closure with high energy and interactive activites for attendees in order to explore ways to build community within our own libraries by changing the way we think and interact.  Bill challenged the audience to think about leadership roles in a different way–defining what is considered traditional vs. alternative methods–much of which is based on the work of Peter Block in such works as The Answer to How is Yes and Community: The Structure of Belonging.  Some of the core questions attendees were asked to examine were:

What doubts do you have?
What’s the “no” you have been postponing?
What’s the “yes” you no longer mean?
What’s the forgiveness you have been withholding?
What’s the resentment I have that no one knows about?

The group was then given an alloted amount of time to share responses with another person they didn’t know very well.  It’s amazing to watch people in action as they share thoughts and ideas and through this exchange gain new insights and make new acquaintances.

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,  Long Island University, Palmer School of Library & Information Science, AIP Publishing, CSEA-Long Island, Island Industrial Boilers, Kevin A. Seaman, Esq., Knockout Pest Control, Inc., National Center for Surburban Studies at Hofstra University, Regan Agency, Inc., NYSUT, SandPebble Builders, Inc., Suffolk County Library Association, Thermal Solutions, Inc., and United Public Service Employees Union.

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

Dowling College, for hosting this years event.

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Did You Hear… Jessica Yurkosfky is Now Speaking at the LILRC Annual Conference!

First the bad news: Jeff Goldenson will not be able to speak at the conference this Friday.

The good news is that we were able to tap into Harvard’s community of library innovators and are pleased to announce that our program now includes Jessica Yurkosfky, Creative Technologist at Harvard’s Metalab.

By way of introduction, Jessica was kind enough to put together the following video. Looks like we’re in for a fun time on Friday.

Haven’t registered yet?  Don’t worry, there’s still time! Visit: http://lilrc.org/workshops/event1085.pdf for registration information.

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LILRC 22nd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future: Speaker Preview

Guest Blogger: Chris Kretz, Dowling College Library, LILRC Annual Conference Committee Chair

Joe Raiola

I like to imagine that when William K. Vanderbilt was still in residence at Idle Hour, he would often end an evening of fine dining by retiring to the drawing room with friends for brandy, cigars, and a lively discussion on current topics (“Eight hour work day? Rubbish!”). That tradition continues this fall (minus the brandy and cigars) when Joe Raiola presents, “The Joy of Censorship” as our after-dinner speaker at the LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future at Dowling College.

Joe is a writer, producer and Senior Editor at MAD Magazine. His talk “is an outspoken, informative, entertaining and uncensored take on all things first amendment.” He will be speaking Thursday night, October 24th, and getting the conference off to a rousing start. (As an aside, remember that if you buy the two-day ticket but can’t make Thursday night, you can send a friend in your place.)

Here’s a 90-second intro from Joe and you can find out more about his work here: JoeRaiola.com.

Join us October 24-25th at Dowling College for Community by Design: Innovation & Transformation, LILRC’s 22nd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future.

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