Rebecca Miller, Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting! The keynote address is titled:
A Better Ladder: Building the Leaders We Need
Rebecca T. Miller is Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal. Born a twin and raised in a large family in the rural West, her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of Library Journal. In 2013, Miller was named Editorial Director of LJ and SLJ. She directs the editorial strategy for both brands and is deeply involved in the original research SLJ and LJ conduct. Miller initiated the annual LJ Index of Public Library Service (America’s Star Libraries), and envisioned and launched the New Landmark Libraries project. Miller is the coeditor with Barbara A. Genco of Better Library Design: Ideas from Library Journal (2016) and Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons fromSchool Library Journal (2015), both published by Rowman & Littlefield. Miller served for six years on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, two as President. Currently, she is a New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative cocreator. She has a BA from DePauw University, IN, and an MSLIS from New York’s Pratt Institute.
The 2017 LILRC Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Farmingdale Public Library on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Join us at 9:00 a.m. for morning refreshments and a chance to network with colleagues. Our business meeting will be followed by our keynote speaker. In addition, we’ll have a Lightning Round session with presentations from local library innovators, who will share new ideas with us.
Please be sure to mark your calendar, register, and join us for this free event. CEU credits will be awarded to all attendees. LILRC members and non-members alike are welcome and encouraged to attend.
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 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, David Vinjamuri, President and Founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers, who presented, Social Media for Library Marketing & Branding. In his talk, David discussed how to use social media to empower your library and effectively use a limited budget to promote events, build awareness for programs and enhance your library’s brand.
After a short networking break, our Lightning Round speakers took to the podium to share their innovative ideas, services and programs with attendees. Ludmila Pollock, Executive Director of Library and Archives at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory began the session with her presentation, Talking Science with Molecular Biologists through the Decades: CSHL Interactive Oral History. She discussed the CSHL Oral History Collection, which is a major initiative to document the history of science through the words and images of the scientists who have worked and regularly visited Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Examples were shared with attendees, including scientists working on the Human Genome Project and Women in Science. In addition, she shared the interview process as well as the oral history videotapes process.
Next up was Martha DiVittorio, Grant Writing, Marketing and Reference Librarian at the Bellmore Memorial Library, who presented, StoryCorps at the Bellmore Memorial Library: How Oral History Connected the Library to Its Community. Martha described in detail the library’s involvement in StoryCorps, after receiving a $2,500 grant and Story Kit from NPR. By finding partners in the community, trained library staff and volunteers have helped preserve 23 of their community’s stories through oral histories.
Ellen Druda, Librarian Supervisor, Technology & Internet Services at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library and Margie Hartough, Head, Teen Services at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library presented, Lend-A-Hand: 3D Printing with a Purpose, and explored the world of 3D printing at their library, which serves a humane purpose. In teaming up with E-nable, the library’s 3D printers are used to create prosthetic hands, which are in turn assembled by community volunteers, who are given a patron assembly kit.
Shifting gears slightly, Sara Alcorn, MS LIS graduate student of St. John’s University presented, Designing for Access with WordPress: A Collaberation with NCLA Archives, which focused on the internship project being conducted for the Nassau County Library Association (NCLA). In her presentation, Sara shared the goal of the NCLA Archive Digitization Project and the work being done to digitize and make accessible on the Internet the archives of the NCLA, currently stored at Farmingdale Public Library. She showcased a sample of the materials currently digitized as well as the website constructed to display the items, which can be viewed online at: http://archives.ncla.info.
To conclude the Lightning Round presentations, 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Head of Young Adult Services at the Uniondale Public Library presented, Empowering Teens by Any Means Necessary. In her talk, Syntychia shared the success story of her Empowerment Academy for teens in her library community. Through the Empowerment Academy, teens sign up and participate in a number of workshops covering topic such as conflict resolutions, college preparation, nanotechnology and much more. In advocating for the teens in the community, the program has also drawn in parents to participate and the teens receive rewards for their hard work, such as library goodies and gift cards. In incorporating this program into the library, she has been able to attract teens who wouldn’t normally come to the library and provide exposure to the various aspects of the arts, humanities, science and technology all while encouraging positive behavior and building their self-esteem.
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.
Time is running out to register for the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting! Last year we held our Annual Membership Meeting in June for the first time and it was a huge success! So this year, we’re going back to Farmingdale Public Library in June to host this year’s event. Our business meeting will be followed by a keynote speaker. In addition, we’ll have Lightening Rounds from local library innovators, who will share new ideas with us.
Please be sure to mark your calendar, register, and join us for this free event. CEU credits will be awarded to all attendees. LILRC members and non-members alike are welcomed and encouraged to attended.
Keynote Speaker:David Vinjamuri, President and Founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers Social Media for Library Marketing & Branding
David will discuss how to use social media to empower your library and effectively use a limited budget to promote events, build awareness for programs and enhance your library’s brand.
Here’s a sneak peak at our Lightning Round presentations:
NCLA Archive Digitization Project–Pilot Study Presented by: Sara Alcorn, MS LIS graduate student, St. John’s University and Maddy Vericker, MS LIS graduate student, St. John’s University
StoryCorps at the Bellmore Memorial Library: How Oral History Connected the Library to Its Community
Presented by: Martha DiVittorio, Grant Writing, Marketing and Reference Librarian, Bellmore Memorial Library
Lend-A-Hand: 3D Printing with a Purpose
Presented by: Ellen Druda, Librarian Supervisor, Technology & Internet Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library and Margie Hartough, Head, Teen Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Empowering Teens by Any Many Means Necessary Presented by: Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Head of Young Adult Services, Uniondale Public Library
Talking Science with Molecular Biologists through the Decades: CSHL Interactive Oral History Presented by: Ludmila Pollock, Executive Director of Library and Archives, Cold Spring Harbor Laborator
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.
Reserve your space for the Long Island Library Resources Council Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 9:30 a.m. at Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale, NY. This year’s event is free and all are welcome.
Following the business meeting, Mary Lee Kennedy, Chief Library Officer, New York Public Library, will be the Keynote Speaker on Hacking Strategies for Library Innovation.
Lightning Rounds will follow with:
Media Consumption and Libraries: How Libraries are Keeping Up with the Supply and Demand of Social Media and Giving People What They Want Sara Bedell-Spataro, Adult Reference Librarian, Patchogue-Medford Library
Confessions of a Library Podcaster Chris Kretz, Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian, Dowling College Library
Collaborations and Partnerships: Building Communities to Support Families Tracy LaStella, Coordinator for Youth Services, Middle Country Public Library
An experiment on the Wire: Nassau BOCES School Library System’s Adventure on Twitter Carl Vitevitch, Supervisor, Nassau BOCES School Library Services
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the Long Island Library Resources Council held its Annual Membership Meeting at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park. As part of the day’s event, Leslie Davol, Co-founder and Director of The Uni Project presented, “The Uni Project’s Pop-Up Reading Rooms.”
The Uni Project is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to books and learning opportunities through pop-up, open-air reading rooms. Based in New York City, the project operates reading rooms that bring architect-designed structures, high quality books, and dedicated staff, to the city’s plazas, parks, and public spaces. They partner with community-based organizations and local libraries, and their circuit prioritizes underserved NYC neighborhoods. Increasingly, they also ship reading room kits to libraries around the world so that others can copy their model.
On Friday, December 6, 2013, LILRC hosted its Annual Meeting of the Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
The meeting kicked-off with a presentation by our morning guest speaker Christine Marizzi, Ph.D., who presented, “Reading the Code of Life: Using DNA Barcodes to Identify and Classify Living Things.” Christine is a passionate scientist and educator who manages the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center (DNALC) West. In her enthusiastic discussion, Christine shared with attendees the success of the Harlem DNA Lab, which is providing students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education through hands-on opportunities for experiments in a state-of-the-art science laboratory. She shared inspiring stories about students who have participated in the Urban Barcode Project (UBP), which is a science competition spanning the five boroughs of New York City. By participating in the project, student research teams use DNA barcoding to explore biodiversity in New York City. Christine shared exciting examples of projects including student teams exploring fungi in New York’s Central Park (which has never been done), using DNA barcoding to identify the content of herbal products, and many more.
Now it was time for attendees to put their new knowledge to the test as Christine guided us through a human DNA extraction–that’s right–attendees used their own cheek cells! Equipped with test tubes, plastic cups, droppers and the other needed materials, attendees began the process of creating their very own DNA necklaces. Here are the steps we took:
Step 1: Swish 6ML of sports drink in your mouth for 30 seconds and expel the solution into a paper cup. Step 2: Carefully pour the cell solution back into the sports drink tube and label the tube with your initials. Step 3: Pour 2ML of soup solution to the cell solution, raising the total volume to 8ML Step 4: Gently invert the tube 5 times to mix. Incubate at room temperature for 2 minutes. —STOP—- Step 5: While holding your tube on an angle, use a plastic dropper to carefully pour 3ML of ethanol on top of the mixture of soap and cells. Step 6: After 2 minutes, you should see DNA floating in the ethanol. Use the plastic dropper to transfer 1ML of the ethanol and DNA into a small 1.5ML tube.
In about 30 minutes attendees conducted the experiment and learned first-hand about DNA. Christine provided a wealth of information in her presentation and for those curious about learning more, be sure to visit the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center site at www.dnalc.org, which is a portal to 21 content sites and online tools.
Following lunch and the business meeting, Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) joined the meeting virtually and provided a quick update on MAR happenings. In addition, Michelle presented, “Health Literacy: Its Importance to You and Healthcare Professionals,” which examined why health literacy is important, how health literacy is defined today, and how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future. Here are the presentation slides:
Other useful resources on health literacy include the following videos:
Following Michelle’s presentation, attendees headed over to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library for a tour of the library, which was led by Clare Clark,Archivist of the Carnegie Library. Take a look at photos of the library here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilrc/sets/72157638455862403.
Thanks to everyone that attended and to our guest speakers Christine Marizzi and Michelle Burda. Also, a special thanks to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for hosting this event.
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Long Island Library Resources Council hosted its Annual Membership Meeting at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park. As part of the day’s events, Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research presented, “Back to the Future,” examining what libraries can do to secure our future by revisiting and reinvigorating our professional principles and mission in the context of this new world we inhabit.
The Long Island Library Resources Council will host the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 19th 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.
Kick-off the morning with a buffet breakfast from 9am-10:15am, and 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 2013 efforts, the director’s report, and an introduction of members of the Board of Trustees. In addition, we will have a special presentation by Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer in the Research division of OCLC. He is an internationally known speaker and writer on library and information technology issues.
On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Long Island Library Resources Council held its Annual Membership Meeting at Carlye on the Green, Bethpage State Park. As part of the day’s events, Adam Grohman, Director of Student Conduct and Community Education at Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus, and co-founder of the Underwater Historical Research Society presented on the topic of Long Island and Prohibition.
Adam Grohman presents, “Long Island and Prohibition”