Drupal Bootcamp for Beginners Recap

On Friday, November 1, 2013, attendees gathered for the LILRC sponsored program, “Drupal Bootcamp for Beginners” with guest speaker Alvar Astigarraga, Computer Specialist IV at the NYC Transit Authority.

Drupal ( is an open source content management platform (CMS) powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.

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In this hands-on session, Alvar presented attendees with the fundamental principles of how Drupal works by demonstrating the process of getting a Drupal site online, from how it’s installed all the way to finding a hosting company.  He also provided attendees with an opportunity to create content, explore modules, and much more through a case study project.  As a group, attendees created a sample library catalog and got to see the back-end of the system as an admin user.

For additional information and resources on getting started with Drupal vist:

Special thanks to the Greenley Library at Farmingdale State College for hosting this program.


We’re Offering: Drupal Bootcamp for Beginners

With November right around the corner, LILRC is now accepting registrations for our upcoming hands-on training session, “Drupal Bootcamp for Beginners,” which will take place on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Farmingdale State College, Greenley Library.

This course teaches fundamental principles of the Drupal content management system and provides an overview of dynamic, database-driven web technologies. It offers fundamental knowledge of Drupal features, modules, themes and configuration. The course culminates with a case study, the creation of a Drupal site and the practical aspects of getting it online with a commercial web hosting service. It assumes no prior knowledge in these areas. Basic knowledge of common PC (Windows or Mac) skills such as copying and editing files, and Operating System navigation is required.

At the end of this course, students will:

  • Have basic understanding of web technologies related to content management systems
  • Have a fundamental knowledge of the Drupal CMS
  • Understand the process of getting a Drupal site online
  • Have the tools for further learning the Drupal system

Presenter:Alvar Astigarraga, Computer Specialist IV, NYC Transit Authority

Mr. Astigarraga has over 25 years’ experience with digital technologies, an MBA with a concentration in the management of computer information systems, and is currently pursuing a second masters in Library and Information Science. He currently works for NYC Transit producing the agency’s public bus maps on what was once one of the most sophisticated map publishing systems in the world. He is passionate about systems that help knowledge transfers and exchange ideas, and is particularly fond of open source. He lives in Orange Co., NY, with his wife, four sons, and Buster the dog.

Registration fee includes morning refreshments and lunch.

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


Registration Now Open for Digital Media Labs 101

October will be here before you know!  Okay, maybe we’re rushing things a bit, but we’re excited to bring guest speaker Mikael ‘Mick’ Jacobsen, Supervisor of Adult Computer Labs/Librarian at the Skokie Public Library to Long Island to explore Digital Media Labs.

Guest speaker: Mikael ‘Mick’ Jacobsen

This talk will explore the new wave of creative spaces appearing in public libraries all over the United States and explains why libraries have an essential role in digital media creation. The instructor will share his insights on how to sell the concept of a Digital Media Lab, set up a space, and offer programs and services that maintain public interest over time. If you build it, they will come!

Digital Media Labs are specialized creative spaces devoted to the creation of multimedia content. Offering a range of hardware and software tools for video, audio and graphic design, these spaces position libraries as incubators for creativity and archives for user-generated content.

So mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 9, 2013 @Merrick Library and be sure to register today!  Additional information, including the registration form, is available on the LILRC Continuing Education Calendar online at:


New Hands-On Course Offering: Introduction to the Mac

LILRC is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Sharper Training Solutions, Inc. to offer a new course, Introduction to the Mac, which will take place on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Farmingdale Public Library from 10:00AM-12:30PM.

Are you a PC user who wants to learn about how to use a Mac? Get an introduction to the Apple computer during this hands-on training session. Learn all about the desktop, elements of the computer, tools and toolbars, and much more!

$25-LILRC Member
$20-Retired Member

Prerequisite: Bring your own Mac laptop (computers are NOT provided).

Presented by: Sharper Training Solutions, Inc.

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

Annual Conference

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.

Conference Discounts

Registration Discount for Internet Librarian 2012

LILRC is pleased to announce that we have arranged with Information Today, Inc. to offer a reduced rate for the Internet Librarian 2012 conference, October 22-24, 2012, at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

By registering through LILRC, you will be eligible for the special rate of $329 for the 3-day event (No discount rates are available for the pre-conference seminars and workshops), that is $170 off the regular conference registration cost of $499! You can visit the Internet Librarian 2012 conference page at Information Today’s website ( ) for full conference program information. In addition, we are offering a discount price of $99 for the Internet@Schools Track (October 22-23) instead of $199!

To register for the LILRC discounted rate, visit and use the priority code 12LILRC. All registrants will receive a confirmation email and you may request an additional printed confirmation letter via postal mail on the online registration form.

For further assistance, please contact the LILRC Office by phone at (631) 675-1570 ext. 206.


Highlights from Measuring the Soft Stuff

October 12, 2011–Attendees gathered at the Brentwood Public Library for a thought-provoking and enthusiastic presentation from Cynthia Hart, Virtual Librarian at Virginia Beach Public Library, who discussed how “Measuring the Soft Stuff” can show Smart ROI of social media marketing.

Cindy provided a number of valuable pointers including:

  • -Figure out what your brand is.  The public thinks our brand is books, so don’t fight it, embrace it & build on it

Examples of Branding:

  • -Put measures in context; without context measures are meaningless
  • -Ask yourself a key question: “if what you’re doing doesn’t bring results, why are you doing it?”

Cindy also provided a system for how to measure the soft stuff–for example, measure the value of social media.  This included:

  • -Establish goals; the library should have strategies that tie in with your strategic plan.
  • -Create a listening post; use Google alerts and other tools to find out what people are saying about the library
  • -Decide what segment or market you want to reach
  • -Identify possible influencers—people who are key influencers, social influencers and known peer influencers (they can encourage others to participate with you through social media)
  • -Recognize sentiment; what do people like but more importantly what do they not like?
  • -Trigger actions; determine if you want people to read it, repeat it, like it, etc.  What actions do you want your users to take?
  • -Measure the results; monitor and measure what matters and what can be tied directly to your goals.

Cindy provided tons of examples and additional free resources for participants to refer to in order to listen and monitor.  Special thanks to the Brentwood Public Library for hosting the event, Cindy Hart, and to all that attended.


Jeremy Caplan Provides Tons of Tips and Tools for Streamlining Our Digital Lives

October 5, 2011– Jeremy Caplan, Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, provided attendees with tons of tips and tricks for streamlining our digital lives.

Attendees were introduced to the process of developing rituals, establishing systems and implementing tools for organizing our lives and finding time to focus on the creative and enjoyable tasks of our work.  Jeremy shared with participants a number of tools including ways to tame information overload, back-up and share information, and tips for email efficiency using GMail.

Special thanks to the Farmingdale Public Library for hosting this event.


Blake Carver Provides Back-to-Back Training on Online Security & CMS Options

September 26th–Blake Carver, Owner,, joined attendees at the Merrick Library for two back-to-back training sessions on online security and comparing the popular content management systems (CMS) out there: Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla.

The morning session kicked-off with Online Security: Tips & Tricks, which provided attendees with an in-depth look at the world of online security at the library and tools available to keep you, your computer, and your website safe.


The afternoon session then explored, Compare the Big Three Open Source Content Management Systems, which examined Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress as powerful, free, open source web content management systems.


Special thanks to the Merrick Library for hosting this event, Blake Carver, and to all the that attended.


Join LILRC for Digital Efficiency: 21 Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Organizing Your Digital Info

Librarians, archivists, and information professionals are experts at organizing, describing, and making accessible tremendous amounts of information. Still, our personal and professional information workflows often leave something to be desired. This session will provide attendees with 21+ tips, tricks, and tools for managing the ever-increasing body of digital information we’re expected to process and access.

Join LILRC on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 10:30AM-12:30PM at the Farmingdale Public Library for this presentation from Jeremy Caplan, Visiting Professor of Interactive and Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.  He will provide information professionals with the essential skills needed to be more efficient and pro-active professionals on top of the latest technologies in their respective fields.

By the end of this program, participants will:

  • Learn five email management strategies: inbox zero, batching, filtering, automating, and boomerang
  • Know four easy, quick, and inexpensive ways to back up digital files
  • Understand how and why to use Evernote and Google Reader
  • Understand how and why to use paper with digital to-do lists
  • Have guidance on the latest new sites and tools

About the Presenter

Jeremy Caplan is a Visiting Professor of Interactive and Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is also a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute. In addition to contributing to Time Magazine on subjects ranging from business innovation to consumer technology, Caplan writes for The Wall Street Journal’s Digits. He was previously a Wiegers Fellow at Columbia Business School, where he completed his MBA, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, where he earned an M.S. in Journalism. Caplan lectures widely on digital media, social networks, and entrepreneurial journalism and provides pro-bono journalism training and advising services to nonprofits and charitable organizations. He lives in New York City.


Registration form is available online at: