Upcoming Classes

May 2015 


NNYLN's 6th Annual Archives and Special Collections Conference will be on May 1st and will take place at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Lake Placid.

Television shows such as "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Finding Your Roots" have spurred renewed interest in learning about family history. Shows like these make genealogy research look easy and has drawn amateur genealogists to their local public libraries, archives, and historical societies. However, these genealogists often don't understand how archival research works, and there has been a disconnect between the archivist or librarian and the genealogist. How does the archivist or librarian frame the discussion with these patrons to find a successful outcome for everyone?

Erica Burke, the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library will be speaking about how to improve reference interactions with patrons interested in genealogical research. Erica has been at Crandall Public Library for over 20 years.

After Erica's discussion, the staff of NNYLN will present the improvements and changes that have come to two statewide historical databases, New York State Historic Newspapers, and New York Heritage. This presentation will cover the new features, and how archives and special collections can contribute to these growing projects.

The Adirondacks used to be known as the "Venice of the woods, whose highways are rivers, whose paths are streams, and whose carriages are boats." Our lunchtime speaker will be Hallie Bond, author of Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks. Her illustrated discussion will focus on the rich heritage of small boats in the Adirondack Mountains, from canoes to powered yachts, and how they linked the communities together. 

We hope you can join us for this event.

When: May 1st, 2015 - 9am - 2:30pm. Registration will be from 9 - 9:30am. Lunch will be provided.

Where: Crowne Plaza Resort, Lake Placid


ASKUS 24/7 Class - May 6th

This class is focused on providing service updates and advanced training for current ASKUS 24/7 participants, but is open to all who might be interested in becoming an ASKUS 24/7 participant. Participation in ASKUS 24/7 is subsidized by the Northern New York Library Network.

Virtual reference has become an important component of library service today and one that can bolster a library's effectiveness and visibility as an information provider. ASKUS 24/7 is a service that allows libraries to receive and provide virtual reference services, allowing patrons to access needed librarian services at any time.

The instructor is Jaclyn McKewan, the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Western New York Library Resources Council. The class will be taught at NNYLN on May 6th from 10am - 2pm, free of charge. Lunch will be provided.


The Network subsidizes courses for paid library staff members of libraries that are members of state recognized library systems. Library volunteers and trustees are not eligible for the subsidized library staff rate.

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