2018 Annual Membership Meeting

The 2018 LILRC Annual Membership Meeting took place on Tuesday, June 19th at Farmingdale Public Library.

Our day began with the LILRC business meeting, followed by a dynamic keynote address from the team from nextLI.

Our speakers included Sam Guzik, Editor for Strategy and Platforms, Newsday Opinion; Amanda Fiscina,  Research and Digital Production Manager, Newsday Opinion; and Coralie Saint-Louis; nextLI’s Outreach and Engagement Manager. Our speakers explained that nextLI will serve as a “forum for Long Islanders to discuss the future and foster consensus around ways to make the region competitive, affordable and welcoming.”

nextLI is managed by Newsday’s Opinion department and is funded by a charitable project grant from The Rauch Foundation. More information is available at or on Twitter @nextLI.

Following our keynote, we had five Lightning Round Presentations from local Long Island librarians.
Our first presentation was called CoderDojo at Long Beach Public Library. Bianca Rivera presented on her CoderDojo program at Long Beach Public Library that mentors youth ages 7-17. She discussed coding with a non-technical background, finding and evaluating resources, the best free coding curriculum and clubs, and the most useful programming languages.

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Presentation PDF Available Here

The second presentation, Reaching Out to Bring Them In, was presented by Jill Cloonan of Longwood Public Library. Jill introduced a program called SmileAwhile, which is geared towards adults with special needs. SmileAwhile has proven to be extraordinarily popular with individuals with caregivers, group homes, and folks who volunteer to help at the programs. Jill encouraged our audience to reach out to create similar programs at their libraries.

Dr. Gregory Hunter of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science presented the next lightning round: Digitizing Local History Sources: A Report from the Palmer School. The digitization project started February 1, 2017 with a generous five-year grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Dr. Greg Hunter, the Project Director, discussed the process and the progress made toward the ultimate goal: to digitize and preserve materials found in 80 local historical societies across Long Island.

Edna Susman, from the Half Hollow Hills Community Library, presented the topic Veterans and Libraries: Networking, Outreach and Mission. The Veterans Testimonial Project records and preserves local veterans’ military experiences as part of the Library’s local history collection. Edna explained the importance of libraries capturing the history of veterans that would otherwise be lost. She provided our audience with resources to begin similar projects.

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Presentation PDF available here.

Our final presentation came from Lisa Zuena, of the Massapequa Public Library. Lisa presented Podcasting With Your Teens: How a Teen-Centered Podcast Began and Grew. Lisa started the “Pequa Podcast” with the teens at her library, empowering them to share their ideas and voices. She gave tips and ideas on starting a podcast at any library, with no technical experience required.

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Presentation PDF available here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 LILRC Annual Membership Meeting!


4th Academic Libraries Invitational

On Friday, April 27th, the Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC), Academic and Special Libraries Division (ASLD) of NCLA, Division of Academic and Special Libraries (DASL) of SCLA, and Suffolk County Community College co-sponsored the 4th Academic Libraries Invitational.

Thank you to our speakers, Dr. David Jank, Irina Kandarasheva, and Megan Margino.

Five years after RDA (Resource Description and Access) implementation: Are the users better off? by Irina Kandarasheva

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Five Years After RDA (Presentation PDF)


Student Research Day: Fostering Student Scholarship Through Library-Faculty Collaboration by Megan Margino

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Student Research Day (Presentation PDF)




“A Manager’s Guide to Developing a More Collaborative Workplace” Workshop

On Friday, November 3, Dr. Radek Nowak presented “A Manager’s Guide to Developing a More Collaborative Workshop.” Dr. Nowak is a professor at the Center for Human Resource Studies at the NYIT School of Management. He shared his vast experience with building organizational trust, fostering collaboration, and effective management with our group. Dr. Nowak’s presentation slides are available below.

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Highlights from the 26th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

We had such a wonderful time with our colleagues at the 26th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future at Carlyle on the Green on October 26 & 27, 2017.

This year’s conference theme, Design the Experience: Risk & Reward, showcased speakers with a vast array of experience, each with a passion for sharing their knowledge.

On Thursday night, our speaker Paulette Brinka gave a talk titled: “Fake News – the often fraught relationship between politicians and the Fourth Estate.” Paulette Brinka currently teaches at Suffolk County Community College, and previously had a career in radio and in local government. Paulette highlighted the current fascination with “fake news,” and how she teaches her students to be intelligent consumers of media. Attendees enjoyed Paulette’s anecdotes from the news world and the classroom, and appreciated her insights into the current schism between news and government officials.

After dinner, LILRC’s director, Mr. Herbert Biblo, was honored by the library community with a cake commemorating his retirement from LILRC.

On Friday, the day got started with a presentation by Emily Drabinski. Emily is a LIU Brooklyn professor and was honored as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She gave a riveting talk titled: “Shifting Shelves: Time, Place, and the Politics of Library Space.” Emily discussed the power structures within library classification systems and shelving patterns.

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After, David Favaloro, Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Tenement Museum, gave a talk titled, “Harnessing the Power of History: Connecting Past and Present at the Tenement Museum.” David discussed the work of the Tenement Museum, and how the museum is designed to bridge past immigrant experiences to current immigrant experiences and tell stories. He also talked about the use of technology in The Tenement Museum to help tell those stories.

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Our final speaker of the day was Les Bluestone, Blue Sea Development Co-Founder and Recipient of the Center for Active Design Award. Les gave a fascinating talk about designing for active, healthy lifestyles. Les talked about his own buildings, and also gave ideas for libraries to incorporate active design. If you’re interested in active design, visit the Center for Active Design website.

Thank you to all who attended this year’s annual conference! We hope to see you next year!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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