Annual Conference

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 (, 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:

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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Adam Grohman Speaks About Long Island and Prohibition at LILRC Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Long Island Library Resources Council held its Annual Membership Meeting at Carlye on the Green, Bethpage State Park.  As part of the day’s events, Adam Grohman, Director of Student Conduct and Community Education at Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus, and co-founder of the Underwater Historical Research Society presented on the topic of  Long Island and Prohibition.

Adam Grohman presents, “Long Island and Prohibition”

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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.


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.


LILRC Annual Membership Meeting Postponed

On behalf of the Long Island Library Resources Council, we hope this message finds the Long Island library community safe and in good health as we recover from Super Storm Sandy.

In light of recent events, we have decided to postpone the LILRC Annual Membership Meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  The Annual Membership Meeting will now take place on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 9:00AM at Carlyle On The Green, Bethpage State Park.

This year’s guest speaker is Adam Grohman, Director of Student Conduct and Community Education at Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus, and co-founder of the Underwater Historical Research Society and he will address ‘Long Island and Prohibition.’

For additional information, including the registration form, please visit:

We wish all those who were affected by the storm our best for a speedy recovery.


DIY Usability & User Experience: Workshop Highlights

On October 12, 2012,  Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas lead attendees in a DIY-style workshop, which introduced how to use people-centered design methods at your library.  Participants explored how to use user experience methods to make small changes for a big impact.  Filled with examples, case studies, and activities, participants worked together in groups and used the tools for approaching how to complete a DIY usability study of their own.

Here’s a look at what participants worked on:


Usability Resources
1. Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) –
2. NYC Usability Professionals’ Association –
3. Journal of Usability Studies
4. International Journal of Design

Special thanks to the Farmingdale Public Library for hosting this event.  Photos and additional resources provided by by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.


Geek the Guide: Innovative Ways to Use Research Guides

LILRC is pleased to announce that Kristina De Voe will be returning to Long Island this September for another training session on research guides.  Space is limited, so reserve your seat today!

Geek the Guide: Innovative Ways to Use Research Guides

Date: Friday, September 7, 2012
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Brentwood Public Library

Research guides are a common feature of many library websites. Also known as subject guides, pathfinders, or course guides, research guides are great ways to recommend specialized resources, deliver instructional content, and even promote upcoming events. In this lively program, we’ll discuss the perks and pitfalls of open-source and commercial platforms, including LibGuides, for implementing research guides. We’ll also cover current trends and best practices for creating discoverable, engaging content within guides. Interactive break-out discussions on key issues surrounding designing, marketing, and assessing the effectiveness of research guides will follow, allowing participants to exchange ideas. Walk away with ideas on how your library might use research guides to highlight and, more importantly, deliver the collections, programs, and services you provide to your users.

Presenter: Kristina M. De Voe, English & Communications Librarian, Temple University Libraries

Click here for a registration form that you can print out and mail/fax to us.


July-December 2012 Continuing Education Program Brochure Now Available

The July-December 2012 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.

Guest speakers include:

  • Victor Caputo, Director of Public Relations/Programs for The Bryant Library, presenting Developing a Marketing Plan.
  • Kristina DeVoe, English & Communications Librarian at Temple University, presenting Geek the Guide: Innovative Ways to Use Research Guides
  • Nicole Engard, Director of Open Source Education ay ByWater Solutions, presenting Beginner WordPress for Library Website Design and Advanced WordPress for Library Website Design.
  • Jennifer Koerber, Web Services Librarian at the Boston Public Library, presenting Bringing Back the Funny–Using humor in the library
  • Much more…

Be sure to visit the LILRC Continuing Education Calendar online at: for additional information on upcoming workshops.


Using Inkscape for Graphic Design

Monday, June 4, 2012–John LeMasney, Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University, returned to Long Island for a hands-on session exploring the open source graphic design application called Inkscape (  Participants learned how to manipulate images, modify text, work with color and much more.


Inkscape Tutorials: Inkscape Tutorials for Novice Artists (

The goal of is to provide a means, through a simple website, of allowing new users in the Inkscape community to watch some basic and intermediate tutorials by the authors of this website. We feel that through a screencast we can better convey the steps required to recreate our graphics or perhaps just provide a little inspiration.

InkscapeTutorials weblog (

Books of Interest:

The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor
by Dmitry Kirsanov

Description: In The Book of Inkscape, core Inkscape developer Dmitry Kirsanov shares his design experience and knowledge of Inkscape’s inner workings as he walks you through the basics of using the program: drawing, working with objects, transformations and styling, adding text and shapes, and more. Kirsanov couples his detailed explanations with step-by-step tutorials that show you how to create business cards, animations, and technical and artistic drawings.

Preview this book on Amazon.



Other Open Source Software:

GIMP ( GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

BLENDER ( Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.





"I Didn't Know the Census Bureau Did That!" Workshop Provides Tons of Resources

April 24, 2012-Participants gathered at the Farmingdale State College, Greenley Library, for a hands-on training session on the two main demographic programs; the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey.

After a quick introduction, participants explored the Census website to become familiar with the features available for locating statistics and other information resources.   One of the newest features is the Interactive Map, which allows you to explore data from the County Business Patterns program and the 2010 Census.  Another feature worth a look is QuickFacts, which provides quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people.

Additional resources include:

The American FactFinder was also explored and sample searches were conducted with attendees.  Resources covered included how to choose summary levels from the Geographic Filter page, how to access ACS Demographic Profiles for census tracts, creating a Census Tract Reference Map, and much more.

Click for PDF version of Handout

Special thanks to guest speaker Rosemarie Fogerty, Information Services Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau, New York Regional Office  for providing the training.  If you have any Census related questions, contact the Census New York Regional Office at 212-584-3440 or visit:

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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: for additional conference materials including speaker presentations, audio and more.