Category Archives: Let’s Talk

New York State Library Assistants’ Day Event

By   03/18/2015

Celebrate NYS Library Assistants’ Day with Capital Area Library Assistants (CALA)!!!

Hear Evelyn Neale (Director of East Greenbush Community Library) speak about advocacy for staff, and Geoff Kirkpatrick (Director of Bethlehem Public Library) speak on the future of public libraries.

There will be lunch and cake!

The event has a fee of $10 to attend, and the registration deadline is April 13th.

Click HERE for the event flier for more information and to register.


A Look At LibGuides: A FREE CDLC Event

By   03/18/2015

On Thursday, May 7th from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany there will be an informal afternoon gathering to discuss the use of Lib Guides in libraries.  It is Sponsored by CDLC’s Regional Automation Advisory Committee.  

It’ll start with an optional pizza lunch at noon followed up by short presentations by:
Jane Bentley of Questar III School Library System,
Tia Felock of Capital Region BOCES School Library System,
Carrie Buff of Schenectady County Community College, and
Caitlin Sheldon of Saratoga Springs Public Library.

From 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., they’ll open the floor up to six member libraries in a round-robin style discussion on how they’re using LibGuides.  These 10 minute spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so claim your spot when registering!  At 2:30 p.m., they’ll finish up with a general discussion and question session.  This program is open to anyone interested in learning more about LibGuides but is not a hands-on workshop on how to develop them.

There is no cost for this event, which is open to all members of CDLC institutions.
Registration is required by  Friday, May 1st.  For more information and to register, click Here.


FREE Statewide Access to Five Nationally Known ILEAD Keynoters March 24-26

By   03/17/2015

State Library Offers FREE Statewide Access to Five Nationally Known ILEAD Keynoters March 24-26

The New York State Library, New York Library Association and the Mid-York Library System are pleased to invite library staff across the State to view the following five ILEAD USA keynote addresses, which will be delivered March 24-26.  The keynote addresses will be live streamed by the University of Illinois Springfield.  All New York State library staff are invited to participate.

The web streaming link & more information can be found here:

Session Information:

Tuesday March 24, 11:30AMEverything You Learned in Library School is Wrong

David Lankes, Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, Syracuse, New York.  Professor and Dean’s Scholar on New Librarianship
This keynote will focus on how librarians are radical positive change agents that make communities better.

Tuesday March 24, 3:30PM: Inspired Outreach Inspired

John Emerson, an activist, graphic designer, writer, and programmer based in New York City creator of

How do you engage the hearts and minds of your audience? Connect and empower with outreach that makes people say “Aha!” and “Let’s do it!”

Wednesday, March 25, 11:00AM: FLATLAND:  A Statistical Romance of Many Dimensions.

 Eli Neiburger, Associate Director, IT and Production, Ann Arbor District

In which our Hero, A. Librarian, must search for scalars amidst an increasingly flat landscape, with which to earn the favor of capricious higher-dimensional beings, before her entire world collapses to a single ultradense font of information, only to find that the only dimension that truly matters is        LOVE.

Wednesday, March 25, 3:30PM: “Perspectives and Advice on Accessibility and Universal Design”

Sina Bahram, an accessibility consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur

Join Sina Bahram as he walks through the concepts of accessibility and universal design, core principles fundamental to understanding how to be relevant in the 21st century. Through exploring a narrative about technology, access to information and the physical world, Sina will both motivate and show how to augment content, interactions and thinking to become more inclusive.

Thursday, March 26, 11:00AM: “Nothing Is Different But Everything Has Changed: Observations and Insights From 10 Years on the Road.”

 David Bendekovic, President, The B. A. David Company, Syracuse, New York 

Your ability to reach your goals has as much to do with how you choose to see the world as it does with your level of education and intelligence.  This keynote will give you the keys to thinking in a more powerful way about yourself, the people around you, and the work you want to get done. What You Do Makes A Difference. You Just Have To Figure Out What Kind Of Difference You Want To Make.


The New York State Library, in partnership with the Illinois State Library, the New York Library Association and the Mid-York Library System, is participating in the multi-state nationwide 2015 ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) program designed to increase the leadership, collaboration and technology skills of library and library system staff from all types of institutions.

ILEAD USA participants work in teams during three sets of onsite multi-day collaboration/learning sessions, supported by mentors and instructors, to address an identified statewide or local community need and develop a product, which is shared via the web.

During the onsite multi-day sessions, ILEAD USA participants will experience, through web streaming, keynote addresses delivered by national leaders both in and related to the library field.