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Upcoming November 2017 Events

Join us for the following events in November!

A Manager’s Guide to Developing a More Collaborative Workplace
November 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Farmingdale Public Library

“Why won’t my employees be more collaborative?” is a question often asked by managers.  This is a critical question because collaboration has been identified as a strong predictor of an organization’s success. Whether it is contributing information and ideas, working together on assignments, being an effective team member, or supporting the organization’s mission and goals, collaboration is essential.

This workshop will help library directors and managers understand the main enablers and deterrents of collaboration among employees, and identify specific approaches to boost the level of collaborative behaviors in the workplace.

Presenter: Radek Nowak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Human Resource Studies, School of Management, New York Institute of Technology ​

Registration: A copy of the PDF registration form in available here.



Book Repair Workshop

November 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Merrick Library

This workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials.  Prevention is the key, but we will be addressing specific, common repairs: tipping in loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages.

Each participant is asked to bring: two paperback books, preferably new or new-like, to demonstrate covering techniques, a hardbound book with a book jacket to demonstrate application of book jacket covers, a stapled book or magazine, a book that needs to have a loose page tipped in and one hardbound book that needs repair.  Please also bring a pair of scissors.

Each participant will be provided with a free sample packet of materials.

Presented by: Kary Barth, Regional Sales Manager, Kapco Library Products Kary has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana and has worked with libraries since 1990.  Formerly, the national library sales manager for Kapco, Kary authored a basic book repair guide that was previously available from Kapco and has presented book protection/repair workshops in various venues throughout the US.

Registration is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration: A copy of the PDF registration form in available here.



How to Manage a Successful Volunteer/Docent Program

November 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

South Huntington Public Library

A panel discussion with:

  • Elsa Eisenberg, Group Tours & Volunteer Coordinator, Coe Hall and Planting Fields State Park
  • Judy Pockriss, Coordinator of Volunteers, Nassau County Museums
  • Shane Pastore, Coordinator of Volunteers, Long Island Maritime Museum
  • Ken Horowitz, Docent Coordinator, Falaise Manson at Sands Point Preserve

Volunteers are critical to the operations of many cultural institutions across Long Island.  While some ‘super volunteers’ are invaluable, others, meaning no harm, can become disruptive or detrimental to an organization’s success.  The panel will discuss the importance of training, managing volunteer expectations, regular performance reviews, showing gratitude, and much more.  Whether you are a seasoned volunteer supervisor or are just getting started, having a plan for managing volunteers will keep projects and programming running smoothly.

Continental breakfast will be served.

Registration: A copy of the PDF registration form in available here.

Annual Conference, Conferences, events, workshop

Countdown to the 26th Annual Conference!

We are less than ONE MONTH away from the 26th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future. This year’s theme is Design the Experience: Risk & Reward. It will take place on October 26 & 27, 2017 at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park

Registration is now open.

Presenting our Thursday evening keynote speaker:


Paulette Brinka, Assistant Professor Suffolk County Community College discussing: “Fake News – the often fraught relationship between politicians and the Fourth Estate.”

And our Friday lineup includes:

Emily Drabinski, Library Journal Mover & Shaker and LIU Brooklyn professor, presenting: “Shifting Shelves: Time Place, and the Politics of Library Space.”

David Favaloro, Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Tenement Museum and Hebrew Technical Institute Research Fellow, discussing “Harnessing the Power of History”: Connecting Past and Present at the Tenement Museum.

Les Bluestone, Blue Sea Development Co-Founder and Recipient of the Center for Active Design Award, presenting:“Designing for Health”: Exploring How Health is Affected by the Built Environment.

We look forward to seeing you there!


How Are You Celebrating Archives Month? Share Your Events with Us!


Archives Month was established to focus attention on America’s history and the organizations that work to maintain that history.  Since the late 1980’s more and more states across the United States are celebrating Archives Month.

Every community on Long Island and every community and county in New York State is a part of America’s history.  Why not spotlight your community’s history by planning an Archives Month event.  Please complete the Archives Month Calendar of Events form online at: by September 23, 2016.

Your event will then be added to LILRC’s Archives Month Calendar of Events, which will be made available on our website.  If you are not on the LILRC mailing list, and would like your event included in the calendar, please contact the Regional Archivist at

The 21th Annual Archives Month Conference will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016.
The Vanderbilt Mansion, Museum, and Planetarium,
180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, New York 11721
This year’s conference title is: “Documentation of Long Island Artists”


How to Celebrate Archives Month

(Courtesy Susan D’Entremont, Regional Archivist-Capital District Library Council)

  1. Open your doors: Hold an open house and provide tours of your facility.
  2. Highlight a photograph from your collection by placing it in the town newspaper, public library circulation desk, town hall or other public location.
  3. Mount exhibits using materials from your repository.
  4. Sponsor a lecture by a researcher who has used your collection.
  5. Impersonate someone else: Create a living history event by acting as someone whose letters, diaries or other items are in your collection.
  6. Sponsor a workshop or brown-bag discussion on preserving family treasures.
  7. Engage students in an Archives Month project, such as an essay contest, that encourages them to use historical records from your repository.
  8. Host a reception to thank Archives Volunteers. If you are an all volunteer group, throw yourselves a party! Invite friends and neighbors.
  9. Present a lecture on genealogical research and the sources available.
  10. Invite residents to bring in their own photos, letters and memories to share with others during a local history celebration.
  11. Organize a walking tour of a neighborhood documented by your repository.

The Final Countdown to 50!

The LILRC 50th Anniversary Gala is coming up on Thursday, April 14th at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park.  We’re counting down the days by letting you know all the exciting things you’ll experience when you come—let’s look at the top 5 reasons to attend the gala and support LILRC.  Don’t forget to purchase your ticket before they’re all sold out!

Let the countdown begin:

#5: It is the 50th anniversary.  That’s a big (gold) deal!

#4: Meet new people. The gala is a great networking opportunity.

#3: You can learn invaluable insights from our guest speaker Lawrence Levy, Executive Director, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.  Did we mention that he’s also an award-winning reporter, editorial writer, columnist and PBS talk show host!

#2: Shake hands with our three honorees:  New York State Senator 
John J. Flanagan, Gerald D. Nichols and Joseph P. Price, who all support the library community in a diversity of ways.

#1: The gala is a spectacular celebration of LILRC’s spirit, history, and service to the library community. Hands down, it’ll be the best event of the year. 

Please join us as we celebrate our first 50 years and look ahead to the future.  For more event details, visit us online at:

We look forward to seeing you there!


Long Island Reception @ 2014 NYLA Annual Conference


Are you attending this year’s NYLA Annual Conference?  If so, please feel free to join us for the 214 Long Island Reception.

Lillian’s Restaurant
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Feel free to stop in to eat, drink, and have a chance to chat with your colleagues.

Let us know you’re coming! Join our Facebook event page online at:

We look forward to seeing you there!


Registration Now Open for LILRC’s Spring Library Space Series

Join LILRC on Thursday, April 24th at the Merrick Library for our first-ever Spring Library Space Series with guest speaker Traci Engel Lesneski, Principal at Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., (MS&R).

Spring Series Part 1

Learning by doing is firmly taking hold in education, and this hands-on approach to learning is increasingly part of a vibrant library. Maker spaces, DIY labs, artists-in-residence, self-publishing are just some of the interactive learning and making opportunities that draw customers and redefine the library to maintain relevance and integration in its community. Library designer Traci Lesneski will share her knowledge and experience in incorporating active learning in libraries, and the re-purposing of space once used for materials storage into user-centric spaces.

Spring Series Part 1 - Copy

At a time when swelling library use puts pressure on dwindling operating budgets, it is tempting to ignore the updates your library interior needs. But library customers are increasingly savvy and have rising expectations about their library experience. Fortunately, re-imagined library interiors don’t have to be costly. With creativity and resourcefulness, you can make a great impact even with small investments. Hear tips and see images from library projects of all scales from around the country. Bring photos and floor plans of your own library for an interactive workshop immediately following the presentation.

In a break-out session, each attendee will discuss their own library’s design challenges, and gain insights and suggestions from peers and library designer Traci Lesneski that can be implemented right away. At the end of the workshop, several attendees will be asked to present their ideas for change to the large group, so everyone can benefit from the various discussions.



Join Us at the Shelby White & Leon Levy Information Commons for a Tour/Lecture

Info Commons
The Shelby White & Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library

Join LILRC for a group tour and lecture of the Shelby White & Leon Levy Information Commons of the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library at Grand Army Plaza on Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 10:30AM-1PM.

The Information Commons is a 5,500-square-foot space that features 25 workstations with desktop computers, seven private meeting rooms with electronic whiteboards, a recording studio, a wireless learning lab, and seating and outlets for 70 laptop users. It is the first “information commons” in any New York City public library, which was launched in January of 2013 and made possible by a generous $3.25 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

Come, see, and learn first-hand how this space was transformed into a new community hub for technology and learning.  Additional information about the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is available online at:

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  For additional information or questions, please contact Min Liu, Assistant Director, at 631-675-1570 x203.

Please note that transportation is not provided.
The Central Library is accessible by public transportation.  LIRR to Atlantic Terminal and then transfer to Subway #2 or #3, two stops and get off at Grand Army Plaza.  See the LIRR map at: and the MTA Subway map at: for more details.

For additional information, including the registration form, please visit the visit the Continuing Education Calendar online at:


Register Now for the LILRC 20th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

October 27th & 28th, Dowling College

Extinction is Not an Option: Ensuring OUR Future

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future. What a better time than now to take a look back at where we’ve been in order to explore where we’re going. Our first Annual Conference explored the theme of “Access to Information: Paradigms for the Future,” in which strategic visions of library services were explored. Thru the years, the LILRC Annual Conference has delved into timely topics including virtual reality, the library of the future, cyberstudents, einformation and e-libraries, access in the digital age, information commons, and much more.

As we reflect on the past and look to the future, the conference theme chosen for this year, “Extinction is Not an Option: Ensuring OUR Future” will mark 20 years of what hopes to be innovative and inspiring speakers, an engaging learning experience, and an opportunity to network with colleagues. And so, we would invite you to mark your calendars and take advantage of early bird rates for registration.

We’ll kick off Thursday night with a guest speaker from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and follow-up on Friday with three distinguished speakers including:

James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University

▪ Eli Neiburger, Associate Director, IT and Production, Ann Arbor District Library

▪ Michael Porter, Community Product Manager, WebJunction, OCLC

We look forward to seeing many of you on October 27th & 28th, at DowlingCollege, Fortunoff Hall.


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LILRC to Sponsor “Build Your Executive Team—Success for Libraries of All Sizes”

Build Your Executive Team—Success for Libraries of All Sizes
LLAMA Webinar
Date: November 30, 2010                                                  REGISTER NOW
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library

Many people will define your success by your ability to build a team that extends leadership beyond your fingertips. How can you be sure the team is not sabotaging your best efforts?

Participants will be able to:

  • Create a collegial and productive executive team that supports employee success
  • Oversee and evaluate the team’s execution of the library’s strategic plan
  • Find, recruit and grow executive talent, inside and outside the library

About the Series: This is one of four interactive webinars from the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) of ALA series: Webinars for New Library Directors and Deans designed to meet the needs of new library leaders at the dean, director, department head or branch manager level. It will feature library consultant Pat Wagner of Pattern Research, Inc. More details at:


Join LILRC for “Libraries & the Mobile Technology Landscape”

Join LILRC for a group viewing of the College of DuPage Library Futures: Staying Ahead of the Curve 2010-11 Teleconference Series sponsored by the New York State Library.

Libraries & the Mobile Technology Landscape

Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
Registration Deadline: September 22, 2010
Cost: No Fee-All

Joe Murphy will provide an overview of the emerging landscape of information engagement through mobile technology. He will introduce the major mobile technologies and outline their usage as well as the cultural shifts that accompany their introduction into information society. Joe will lead us through an exploration of the opportunities for libraries to implement mobile technologies to enhance or supplement traditional services and collections, and will explain how libraries can most strategically engage these tools as well as the mobile culture. We will discuss the real world changes this means for libraries and the new skills we may have to learn in this evolution. At the conclusion of this session we will all be familiar with how to best meet this shift towards mobile technologies in our libraries.

Please RSVP online at: