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If You Missed Out on the 22nd LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future, Here’s a Recap!

This year’s Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future took place on October 24th and 25th, 2013 at Dowling College, Fortunoff Hall and it focused on the theme: Community by Design: Innovation & Transformation.

The conference kicked-off on Thursday night with hors d’oeuvres and a chance to network with collegues at the beautiful Fortunoff Hall at Dowling College.  Afterwards, attendees were ushered into the Ballroom for dinner, which was followed by dessert…although the real treat was our guest speaker Joe Raiola–solo performer, comedy writer, producer, director and speaker on first amendment issues.  Joe Raiola

In his performance of the Joy of Censorship, Joe explored the topic of censorship by providing a lively and engaging performance.  Early on, he displayed his artistic expression in the citing of his The Guns inspired by Edgar Allen Poe.  Joe continued with other examples of abuses of the First Amendment as well as a discussion of the history of MAD Magazine.  Did you know that in its early days MAD Magazine was converted from a comic book in the 1950s to a magazine in order to avoid censorship?  This is just one of the many insights provided during his humorous and thought-provoking performance.

Reflections on Labrary
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Joe Raiola was a hard act to follow, but our guest speakers for Friday’s full-day event pulled it off! With over 100 attendees in the audience, Jessica Yurkofsky, Librarian at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, kicked-off the day with her presentation, “Reflections on LABRARY: A Harvard Library Experiment.”  In this talk, Jessica shared the story behind LABRARY, which was an experimental Pop-Up space put together by Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students from the the Library Test Kitchen (http://www.librarytestkitchen.org), with the help of the Harvard Library and the Library Lab in December of 2012.  The LABRARY, which was located in an empty storefront in the middle of Harvard Square, was open to all and provided a space for collaberation, brainstorming, ingenuity and much more!  Here’s a look at some of the creative projects that came out of the LABRARY:

Interested in learning more?  Listen to a portion of Jessica’s presentation about the LABRARY:

Up next: Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna, Teacher Librarians and Library Journal 2013 Movers and Shakers. This dynamic-duo sees the key to the future of libraries in collaboration and community outreach.  They shared thier journey on how they’ve managed to reach out and build strong connections in their community, including engaging not only students, parents and school board members, but other libraries as well.

Rose and Marguax
Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna

Margaux and Rose also discussed the importance of advocacy and the new Common Core State Standards, which aim to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”  Many questions have arisen based on these new standards and Margaux and Rose shared the following video as a helpful resource for introducing the Common Core State Standards:

For additional information and a complete list of resources shared, attendees were encouraged to visit the Why Common Core Standards Matter Wiki online at: http://whycommoncorestandardsmatter.wikispaces.com/Common+Core+Resources.

Jessica Yurkofsky with attendees in the Inflatable Reading Room
Jessica Yurkofsky with attendees in the Inflatable Reading Room

Lunch was served following the two morning presentations and attendees had an opportunity to network, enjoy the grounds of Dowling College, and take a first-hand look at the Inflatable Reading Room that Jessica had discussed earlier in the day!

Bill Brewer Presentation
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Last, but certainly not least, was our third speaker, Bill Brewer, Director of Client Relations from Designed Learning, Inc. who presented, “Six Conversations that Matter: Leadership Language in Action.”  Bill brought the conference to a closure with high energy and interactive activites for attendees in order to explore ways to build community within our own libraries by changing the way we think and interact.  Bill challenged the audience to think about leadership roles in a different way–defining what is considered traditional vs. alternative methods–much of which is based on the work of Peter Block in such works as The Answer to How is Yes and Community: The Structure of Belonging.  Some of the core questions attendees were asked to examine were:

What doubts do you have?
What’s the “no” you have been postponing?
What’s the “yes” you no longer mean?
What’s the forgiveness you have been withholding?
What’s the resentment I have that no one knows about?

The group was then given an alloted amount of time to share responses with another person they didn’t know very well.  It’s amazing to watch people in action as they share thoughts and ideas and through this exchange gain new insights and make new acquaintances.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event…we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Special thanks to:

Conference Sponsors:  H. W. Wilson Foundation, Nassau County Library Association, BALDESSARI & COSTER LLP,  Long Island University, Palmer School of Library & Information Science, AIP Publishing, CSEA-Long Island, Island Industrial Boilers, Kevin A. Seaman, Esq., Knockout Pest Control, Inc., National Center for Surburban Studies at Hofstra University, Regan Agency, Inc., NYSUT, SandPebble Builders, Inc., Suffolk County Library Association, Thermal Solutions, Inc., and United Public Service Employees Union.

The LILRC Annual Conference Committee, LILRC Board of Trustees, and Connie Litcher.

Dowling College, for hosting this years event.

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LILRC 22nd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future: Speaker Preview

Guest Blogger: Chris Kretz, Dowling College Library, LILRC Annual Conference Committee Chair

Joe Raiola

I like to imagine that when William K. Vanderbilt was still in residence at Idle Hour, he would often end an evening of fine dining by retiring to the drawing room with friends for brandy, cigars, and a lively discussion on current topics (“Eight hour work day? Rubbish!”). That tradition continues this fall (minus the brandy and cigars) when Joe Raiola presents, “The Joy of Censorship” as our after-dinner speaker at the LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future at Dowling College.

Joe is a writer, producer and Senior Editor at MAD Magazine. His talk “is an outspoken, informative, entertaining and uncensored take on all things first amendment.” He will be speaking Thursday night, October 24th, and getting the conference off to a rousing start. (As an aside, remember that if you buy the two-day ticket but can’t make Thursday night, you can send a friend in your place.)

Here’s a 90-second intro from Joe and you can find out more about his work here: JoeRaiola.com.

Join us October 24-25th at Dowling College for Community by Design: Innovation & Transformation, LILRC’s 22nd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future.

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LILRC 22nd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future: Speaker Preview

Bill BrewerGuest Blogger: Chris Kretz, Dowling College Library, LILRC Annual Conference Committee Chair

This one will be different. Our third speaker is Bill Brewer, Director of Client Relations from Designed Learning, Inc. who will be presenting, “Six Conversations that Matter: Leadership Language in Action.”

And it will be a conversation; we’ll be transforming our afternoon session into an interactive experience. Bill will be walking us all through ways to build community within our own libraries by changing the way we think and interact. It will be a chance to “change the conversation” (for all you Mad Men fans out there).

This training is based on the work of Peter Block in such works as The Answer to How is Yes and Community: The Structure of Belonging.

Join us October 24-25th at Dowling College for Community by Design: Innovation & Transformation, LILRC’s 22nd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future.

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22nd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future: Speaker Preview

Guest Blogger: Chris Kretz, Dowling College Library, LILRC Annual Conference Committee Chair

Since the future is not as far away as it used to be, we thought we would post some coming attractions for LILRC’s 22nd Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future (October 24-25, 2013 at Dowling College).  The theme this year is Community by Design: Innovation & Transformation and all of our speakers will be discussing some aspect of how to create communities, build spaces and develop relationships that will have an impact.

Jeff Goldenson (from the Harvard Library Innovation Lab) represents perhaps the most literal aspect of the theme.  Jeff will be talking about his work at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab; in particular the pop-up storefront experimental community space they created in Harvard Square.  I could explain more but just watch the video:

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A Look Back at the LILRC 21st Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

Article Written By: Chris Kretz, Dowling College Library, LILRC Annual Conference Committee Chair

Pictured above (left to right): Chris Kretz, Evan St. Lifer, Brian O’Leary, Joe Karaganis and Matt Goldner

While Hurricane Sandy waited in the wings, the 21st Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future took place at Dowling College in Oakdale on Friday, October 25, 2012. Appropriately enough, the conference focused on The Cloud in the Forecast: Access and Ownership and while the speakers focused on ways cloud computing is transforming many traditional institutions, the outlook for libraries continued to be optimistic.

The traditional conference dinner on Thursday night featured Evan St. Lifer, Vice President and General Manager at Scholastic Library Publishing. Evan got everyone thinking with his talk, Top 5 Unavoidable, Inescapable, Yet Extraordinarily Promising Trends Facing Libraries. One connection he made repeatedly that we don’t often touch on in our conferences is the library’s connection to schools. The after dinner questioning led to a discussion of the Common Core State Standards and the opportunities they present for school/public/academic library collaboration. Foreshadowing more of Friday’s talks, Evan also highlighted the rise of mobile apps and the implications of tablets for consumption and production of text.

With the sun still shining on Friday, the conference started off with Brian O’Leary, Founder and Principal of Magellan Media, with his talk The Opportunity in Abundance. Building off ideas he has presented at the Internet Archives Books in Browsers conference and elsewhere, Brian discussed how publishing and the complex ecosystem at the center of which it sits might evolve. While grounded in the world of publishing, his talk did raise a host of interesting ideas about how reading and content is changing. In an increasingly complex system, he suggests, many stakeholders—including libraries—will need to be involved in coming up with workable solutions.

Joe Karaganis, Vice President of The American Assembly at Columbia University, presented, The Pirate Archive: Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control. While discussing data derived from research reports published by the American Assembly, Joe detailed in part how people’s use of media has changed and the general anticipation for access to everything. While he walked us through many of the reasons for and ways to effectively alleviate piracy, perhaps the most important part of the talk came near the end when he presented what he termed the existential question for libraries: can a digital lending model for libraries be achieved? Luckily, if the answer is ultimately no, Joe also suggested ways that libraries can use technology and their standing in communities to take on new roles.

LILRC Assistant Director Min Liu (pictured below) brought theory into practice with her talk LILRC in the Cloud: Maximizing the Use of Cloud Computing.  She articulated all of the ways that LILRC is leveraging cloud computing, from software such as GoToMeeting to shared platforms such as LILRC’s Long Island Librarians’ Knowledge Base on LibGuides.

Rounding out the day, Matt Goldner, OCLC Product and Technology Advocate, presented The Future of Libraries in the Information Environment. After presenting a look at how other businesses have adapted to changing user expectations, he offered an interesting SWOT analysis for libraries that nicely covered where we’ve been and where we need to go. The challenge, in part, is not only to “do things differently” but to “do different things.”

Conference Sponsors: Baldessari & Coster LLP, L.I.U. Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Nassau County Library Association and the Suffolk County Library Association.

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21st Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

The Cloud in the Forecast: Access and Ownership

This year’s LILRC 21st Annual Conference on Libraries on the Future focused on the theme: The Cloud in the Forecast: Access and Ownership.

Thursday night’s guest speaker was Evan St. Lifer, Vice President and General Manager, Scholastic Library Publishing, who explored five trends facing libraries today.

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Attendees returned on Friday morning, for the full-day conference programs.  Brian O’Leary, Founder and Principal, Magellan Media  and Adjunct Professor, New York University, kicked off the conference with his presentation, The Opportunity in Abundance.

Brian OLeary

Following a short break, Joe Karaganis, Vice President, The American Assembly, Columbia University, presented, The Pirate Archive: Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control, which was partly based on significant report findings from the Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (PDF format) and Copy Culture in the USA and Germany.

Joe Karaganis

Following lunch, our final speaker of the day took to the podium.  Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate, OCLC, Inc. presented The Future of Libraries in the Information Environment.

Matt Goldner
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In addition to the Conference speakers, this year’s LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future also featured a presentation from LILRC Assistant Director, Min Liu, who shared with attendees information on how LILRC utilizes cloud computing services.

LILRC in the Cloud
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Special thanks to:

Conference Sponsors:  BALDESSARI & COSTER LLPLong Island University, Palmer School of Library & Information Science, Nassau County Library Association, and the Suffolk County Library Association.

The LILRC Annual Conference Committee, LILRC Board of Trustees, and Connie Litcher.

Dowling College, for hosting this years event.

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Highlights from the LILRC 20th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

by: Chris Kretz, Dowling College Library, LILRC Annual Conference Committee Chair

LILRC’s Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future reached a milestone last October: twenty years of bringing engaging and thought-provoking speakers to Long Island to discuss the challenges and opportunities looming just over the horizon.  This year’s conference, held at Dowling College on October 27th and 28th, opened with the theme Extinction is Not an Option: Ensuring OUR Future. And for two days, over a hundred attendees from all across the library spectrum were able to hear four speakers elaborating on that theme.

As with most years, the event started off with a Thursday night dinner at Dowling College, filled with fine food and good conversation.  The after dinner speaker was Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF).  In a fascinating talk, he outlined the history of comic books in America, from their explosion onto newsstands in the 1930s to their rising popularity through the war years, to the outrage they inspired from psychologists and the US Congress in the 1950s. Charles detailed how comics eventually evolved to an accepted artistic medium that tackles all manner of issues, many meant for an adult audience. The CBLDF, founded in 1990, works to defend the first amendment rights of comics creators and retailers. They also aid librarians in dealing with challenges to comics in the collection. Charles’ presentation was a valuable lesson in what took place before the presence of comics on library shelves became common place.

The Conference moved into full swing on Friday morning with the first speaker, James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian of Columbia College. In his talk, Virtuality-Virtuosity-Virtousness: Radicalizing the Library for Future, he documented the changing roles of the library and highlighted a number of trends effecting their development. Among other things, James called for radical collaboration between libraries and outside partners; whether they be corporate, cultural, state or national organizations. He also summed up the theme of the conference in one slide, asking: are libraries a phyletic species (evolving into something new) or a terminal species, marked for….well, termination.

The second speaker, Zeth Lietzau, picked up where James left off with his presentation, Evolving with Techology. Zeth is the Manager of the Web Information Services and Community Technology Center at the Denver Public Library. The first half of his talk went into detail on a study he had taken part in at the Library Research Service: U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies. In a data-rich presentation, he detailed public library uses of technologies ranging from social media to mobile platforms, revealing details about who were the early adopters, the level of staffing and expenditures involved, and more. He finished with a description of the Community Technology Center at the Denver Public Library where they provide patrons with a range of computer resources and training opportunities.

Eli Neiburger, Associate Director, IT and Production at the Ann Arbor District Library brought the day to a rousing conclusion with his talk: Libraries in this Century: What to do Now, What to do Later. Although laced with humor, he grounded the problem in reality. Comparing the circulating collection to outmoded technologies that once thrived (think CDs and ice houses), Eli encouraged libraries to look for new value. He reinforced the idea of developing collaborations and saw the greatest opportunities in focusing on what is unique in each community. As he concluded, “The 20th century library brought the world to its community. The 21st century library will bring its community to the world.”

LILRC’s Regional Digitization Program was also celebrating an anniversary (its tenth) at this year’s conference. Regional Archivist, Virginia Antonucci-Gibbons, presented an overview of the program and demonstrated the rich historical resources housed in the Long Island Memories collection. This collaborative project makes the materials from libraries and historical societies Island-wide available online.

The Conference concluded with the traditional poster session. Attendees were able to enjoy dessert while talking with Mercedes Youman (pictured below) as she presented her research into Information Seeking Behaviors of Nurses Using ASHR in Schools and Health Informatics and Information Seeking Behavior of Health Care Practitioners.

Conference Sponsors: Baldessari & Coster LLP, EBSCO Publishing, EnvisionWare, Gale Cengage Learning, Long Island University, Palmer School of Library & Information Science, Nassau County Library Association, and the Suffolk County Library Association.

Visit the the LILRC 21st Annual Conference post at: http://blog.lilrc.org/ce/2011/11/15/20thannconf/ for additional conference materials including speaker presentations, audio and more.

 

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20th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future

Extinction is Not an Option: Ensuring OUR Future

This year’s LILRC 20th Annual Conference on Libraries on the Future focused on the theme: Extinction is Not an Option: Ensuring OUR Future.

Thursday night’s guest speaker was Charles Brownstein, Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who discussed the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) among many other issues relating to comic books.

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Charles Brownstein – Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Attendees returned on Friday morning, for the full-day conference programs.  James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University kicked off the conference with his presentation on Virtuality-Virtuosity-Virtousness: Radicalizing the Library for Future.

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James G. Neal – Virtuality-Virtuosity-Virtousness

Following a short break, Zeth Lietzau, Manager, Web Information Services and Community Technology Center, Denver Public Library presented, Evolving with Technology: U.S. Public Libraries and the use of Web Technologies.

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Zeth Lietzau – Evolving with Technology

Following lunch, our final speaker of the day took to the podium.  Eli Neiburger, Associate Director, IT and Production, Ann Arbor District Library presented Libraries in this Century: What to do Now, What to do Later.

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Eli Neiburger – Libraries in this Century

In addition to the Conference speakers, this year’s LILRC Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future also featured a presentation from LILRC Regional Archivist, Virginia Antonucci-Gibbons, who shared with attendees information on the LILRC Digitization Program, Long Island Memories.

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The Conference concluded with a reception which featured the 10th Annual Poster Session participant, Mercedes Youman (pictured below), who shared her research in two posters entitled, Information Seeking Behaviors of Nurses Using ASHR in Schools and Health Informatics and Information Seeking Behavior of Health Care Practitioners.

Special thanks to:

Conference Sponsors:  BALDESSARI & COSTER LLP, EBSCO Publishing, EnvisionWare, Gale Cengage Learning, Long Island University, Palmer School of Library & Information Science, Nassau County Library Association, and the Suffolk County Library Association.

The LILRC Annual Conference Committee, LILRC Board of Trustees, and Connie Litcher.

Dowling College, for hosting this years event.

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Early Bird Registration Now Available 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.

REGISTER NOW FOR EARLY BIRD RATES

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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.

REGISTER NOW FOR EARLY BIRD RATES

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