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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!

NY3Rs, workshop

Saving, Investing and Avoiding Fraud: An Overview of Resources from the Securities and Exchange Commission

Join LILRC as we host an Empire State Library Network (ESLN) webinar on Wednesday, May 17th from 10AM-11:30AM with guest speaker Tom Manganello, Senior Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission/Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).

The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. On May 17, 2017 from 10-11:30 a.m., the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy will give a presentation on free SEC resources to help your patrons make informed investment choices and avoid fraud.

Topics will include:
·        Compound interest
·        Types of investment products and their risks
·        Impact of fees
·        Common red flags of fraud
·        Checking the background of your investment professional

Visit – the SEC’s website for individual investors – for free educational tools and resources.  And check out our new bulletin on Ten Ways to Use

Presenter: Tom Manganello is a senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).  In that role, Tom researches and drafts investor alerts and bulletins, helps manage investor education content on the SEC’s website,, and conducts presentations on investor education to millennials, military, seniors, students, and other audiences, and he regularly contributes to OIEA’s social media outreach on Twitter and Facebook.

Prior to joining OIEA, Tom spent ten years in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where he investigated violations of the federal securities laws, including insider trading, Ponzi and pyramid schemes, accounting and broker fraud, and unregistered offerings.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and earned a BS in journalism from Ohio University.

Click here for registration information.


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.


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:


Thanks to the Brentwood Public Library for hosting this event.


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.

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



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.

Click for presentation slides (PDF format)


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.


Click for presentation slides (PDF format)
Click for presentation slides (PDF format)

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


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

Click image for presentation slides (PDF version)

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

Click on image for presentation slides (PDF format)

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!


Registration Now Open for Privacy Toolkit for Librarians


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

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.

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 (, Long Island Library Resources Council (, and the Library Freedom Project (

For additional information, including the registration form, please visit the LILRC Training & Events Calendar online at: