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LILRC’s Upcoming Workshops for January-June 2017

The January-June 2017 LILRC sponsored continuing education programs are now available in an electronic version of the brochure here (in PDF format). Please look for the printed version, which will be mailed very soon.

2017-january-june-ce-brochureHere’s a quick peek at our line-up of guest speakers:

  • Joshua Bienstock, J.D., Assistant Professor of Law and Associate, Center for Human Resource Studies at NYIT, presenting: A Manager’s Guide to Employment Discrimination Laws and Practices, Part II.
  • Ben Himmelfarb, Librarian at White Plains Public Library and Library Journal Mover and Shaker, presenting: A New Place for Local History
  • Claire Schmieder, Adult Services Librarian at Cherry Hill (N.J.) Public Library, presenting: Library Paparazzi: Next Level Tips for #LibrariesOfInstagram

Please note that you may use the registration form included in the brochure to register for multiple programs.

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WordPress & Web Design Crash Course Provides Energetic Look at Building Dynamic Library Websites

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, James Hartmann from Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library and James McHugh from Nassau Library System provided an in-dept and energetic look into the workings of WordPress in their presentation, “WordPress & Web Design Crash Course: How To Build Dynamic Library Websites For Desktop & Mobile Patrons.”

During this engaging and informative session, the presenters covered a variety of topics including a quick introduction to how WordPress works, which was followed by a number of case studies, including the website redesigns at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, West Hempstead Public Library, and the Wantagh Public Library.  They covered the many graphical & coding tools that can help you build an amazing, mobile-friendly website with WordPress and concluded the presentation will a number of useful plugins for WordPress, most of which are free of charge.

Take a look at the presentation slides for additional resources:

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Thanks to the Brentwood Public Library for hosting this event.

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Free Summer Vendor Demo: Mobile WiFi for Library Lending

Summer Vendor Demo_ Mobile Hotspots for Library LendingJoin LILRC for this free Summer Vendor Demo featuring the T-Mobile’s ZTE Falcon portable hotspot devices.

In this session, lead by Mark Schenk from T-Mobile Government and Education Office, will discuss the mobile hotspot lending program and other new initiatives for education.

A library mobile hotspot lending program can help bridge the digital divide by offering patrons mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout.  Library users without broadband internet access at home can borrow the device to gain Internet access for job searching, doing homework, or acquiring information about public resources, etc.  The latest 4G LTE Mobile Wifi Hotspot can be used for Internet connection at home or on the go.

Join us to learn more.

When
Friday, August 26, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (EDT)
Where
Farmingdale Public Library – 116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Registration
http://summervendordemo.eventbrite.com/

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Recap & Resources from Privacy Toolkit for Librarians Workshop

Shout out to the Library Freedom Project & NYCLU for the terrific training session on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Farmingdale Public Library! If you missed this event, take a peak at the resources shared here and also be sure to check out the Library Journal article: “Library Freedom Project, NYCLU Discuss Privacy and Online Security,” which covered the event.

Mariko Hirose from the NYCLU began the workshop with a “Know Your Rights” training for librarians, detailing the contours of federal and local privacy law, as well as providing information on how to respond when served with an information request such as a National Security Letter, administrative subpoena, or warrant.

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Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project continued the workshop by detailing some of the surveillance threats from intelligence agencies, corporate entities, and the hacking industry, and demonstrated technology tools that can help protect privacy. These tools can be installed on public computers or taught to patrons in computer classes, and provide practical ways for everyday people to prevent search tracking, browse the web anonymously, and encrypt some of their online communications.

 

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Thanks to all who participated and to ACRL/NY for co-sponsoring!

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LILRC Technical Services Open Forum Recap: Three Panelists and Q&A

On March 4, 2016, the LILRC Resource Sharing and Management Committee held its second annual Technical Services Open Forum.  These Open Forums strive to provide a place for those working in the Technical Services field to come together, hear about initiatives others are working on, and pose questions to be answered by the collective wisdom of the entire group.  This year’s event was moderated by Sarah Glasser, Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian of Axinn Library at Hofstra University.

Here’s a recap of the panel presentations:

The Perfect Pairing: VuFind Over Your ILS or Discovery
Presented by: Judith Drescher, Director of James E. Tobin Library at Molloy College

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VuFind is a highly customizable open source product that allows information repositories of any size or type to tie together and brand multiple services into a single unified interface. For libraries, VuFind can be applied over an ILS, discovery system, or even discrete holdings such as e-books, digital repositories and other specialized collections. Beyond what might be considered a traditional academic, public, or consortial implementation, commercial, state, and government entities, as well as museums and archives have also leveraged VuFind’s powerful search platform in order to showcase paintings, objects, sheet music, photographs, historical documents and other types of graphic records. This presentation addressed the preparation, configuration and necessary assets required for implementing VuFind, as well as provides an array of examples of different ILS’, discovery systems and collection types.

The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be: Why Many Predictions About the Future of Libraries Are Wrong
Presented by: Kevin McCoy, Professor of Library Technical Services at Suffolk County Community College

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For decades futurists have talked about paperless societies, the extinction of libraries and having all human knowledge easily accessible with a couple clicks of a mouse.  None of these predictions have come to pass and are not likely to anytime soon.  This presentation looked at some common misconceptions about the future of libraries.

Shelf Ready Processing from Baker & Taylor
Presented by: Bruce Silverstein, Head of Technical Services at Patchogue-Medford Public Library

For almost three years now Patchogue-Medford Library has been working with Baker & Taylor’s Customized Library Services (CLS) program to provide shelf-ready processing and cataloging of books for the library’s collection. This presentation detailed one library’s experience with the dreaded outsourcing process and examine the results and lessons learned.

Our panel of three librarians was followed by a discussion period for all types of questions.  Thanks to all who participated in this event and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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Registration Now Open for Privacy Toolkit for Librarians

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ACRL/NY and LILRC are teaming up with the Library Freedom Project to present:

Privacy Toolkit for Librarians
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Farmingdale Public Library
10:00AM-1:00PM

Join Mariko Hirose from the NYCLU and Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project for a workshop on safeguarding patrons’ intellectual freedom from privacy threats.

Mariko will begin the workshop with a “Know Your Rights” training for librarians, detailing the contours of federal and local privacy law, as well as providing information on how to respond when served with an information request such as a National Security Letter, administrative subpoena, or warrant.

Alison will close the workshop by detailing some of the surveillance threats from intelligence agencies, corporate entities, and the hacking industry, and will demonstrate technology tools that can help protect privacy. These tools can be installed on public computers or taught to patrons in computer classes, and provide practical ways for everyday people to prevent search tracking, browse the web anonymously, and encrypt some of their online communications. The range of tools covered offer solutions for people at all levels of technical ability.

This workshop is presented by The Library Freedom Project, a partnership that teaches librarians about privacy rights, law, and tech tools to protect patrons from dragnet surveillance.

Presenters:
Nima Fatemi
Chief Technologist, Library Freedom Project
Nima Fatemi is an Iranian independent security researcher, focused on encryption, anonymity, privacy and censorship circumvention technologies. He is a core member of The Tor Project and the chief technologist of Library Freedom Project.

Mariko Hirose
Staff Attorney, NYCLU
Mariko Hirose is a staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she has worked on cases involving free speech, privacy, government transparency, and criminal justice.  Prior to joining the NYCLU, she was a fellow at the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and a clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Alison Macrina
Director, Library Freedom Project
Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy rights activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms.

Presented by: ACRL/NY (http://acrlny.org), Long Island Library Resources Council (http://www.lilrc.org), and the Library Freedom Project (https://libraryfreedomproject.org)

For additional information, including the registration form, please visit the LILRC Training & Events Calendar online at: http://www.lilrc.org/event/1614.

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Kick-off the New Year with One of LILRC’s Upcoming CE Events!

The January-June 2016 LILRC sponsored continuing education programs are now available in an electronic version of the brochure here (in PDF format). Please look for the printed version, which will be mailed very soon.

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Here’s a quick peek at our line-up of guest speakers:

  • Dana Antonucci-Durgan, Head Librarian, Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, presenting: Mobile Makerspaces: Carving Out Space for 3D Printing and Video Creation.
  • Anthony Eremitaggio, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce/ U.S. Census Bureau, presenting: Business and Economic Data on Census.gov.
  • Samantha Halfen, PHR, CP-SHRM, presenting: Emotional Intelligence for Effective Leadership.

Please note that registration forms for programs included in the Continuing Education Program brochure are available online at http://lilrc.org/events.

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Workshop #TBT: Brian Pichman Explores Interactive Library Design and Innovative Funding for Libraries

Today’s Workshop Throwback Thursday (#TBT) will highlight the back-to-back workshops presented by Brian Pichman, Director of Strategic Innovation at the Evolve Project last week.

In the session, Building Interactive Library Spaces, Brian shared a wealth of information and ideas on how to build a new fablab or hackerspace.  This included hands-on stations where participants could test out must have maker tech, including Sphero, 3Doodler, littleBits, and much more.  After learning how to build an interactive space, Brian also discussed how to build your staff, including ways to continually train and engage the staff so the environment will constantly evolve and grow.

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In the session, Innovative Funding Alternatives, Brian explored the topic of crowdsourcing support (through sites such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo) for a program or project.  This session provided an introduction to the basics–from start to finish–about launching your new idea through a crowd-sourced campaign.  He also discussed various methods and strategies to find extra money and how to utilize a business perspective to have successful wins.

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Special thanks to the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library and the Brentwood Public Library for hosting these workshops.

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LILRC Explores Mobile Makerspaces with SCCC Eastern Campus Library

On Friday, August 6th attendees gathered on the beautiful Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) for a first-hand look at the Library’s mobile makerspace developed with funding from a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant.  This pilot makerspace features a 3D Printer, Penn State’s One Button Studio and much more.  Our guest speaker, Dana Antonucci-Durgan, Head Librarian at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College began the session with a quick look at what a makerspace is and the different types of spaces out there.  In addition, she discussed the benefits and challenges of creating a mobile makerspace and demonstrated the technology currently available to the students, faculty and staff at SCCC.  From the MakerBot to Raspberry Pi, this space provides users with numerous tools for exploration, experiential learning and more.

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Do you want to learn more?  Be sure to visit the following additional resources:

Special thanks to SCCC, Eastern Campus for hosting this event; guest speaker Dana Antonucci-Durgan; and all who attended and participated.

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Workshop #TBT: The Latest Tools and Features on Census.gov

Today’s Workshop Throwback Thursday (#TBT) is from last week’s hands-on training session on census resources with guest speaker Anthony Eremitaggio, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau.  In his presentation, The Latest Tools and Features on Census.gov, Anthony provided a quick overview of the American Community Survey (ACS), the latest updates to census.gov and products, and spent time doing a live demo of useful tools including QuickFacts, American FactFinder and Easy Stats. If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to take a look at the presentation slides.

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