Upcoming Continuing Education Classes

These are webinar and traditional classes offered by the Network and other members of Empire State Library Network. Please see each class description for more information about class location and registration.

Aug 2019

Aug 20 2019 : * CANCELED* Important Conversations: An Intro to Racism – Northern New York Library Network Office

* Due to low enrollment, we have canceled this program. *

‘Important Conversations: An Inro to Racism’ incorporates a morning talk and discussion followed by an interactive afternoon session with applied learning opportunities.


  • Racism: Definition and Terminology
  • Introduction to Topics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Microaggression, Implicit Bias, Bias, Prejudice
  • White Privilege, White Fragility, Systemic Racism
  • Identity-Based Ignorance/Prejudice
  • Influences of media on practice, procedure, and policies

Handouts and other resources will be available.




Lunch will be included – please indicate food sensitivities in the comments box upon registering.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SUNY Potsdam.


Kathryn Agar, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Assistant: Coming soon.

Matthew LaVine, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies: Coming soon.

Lonel Woods, Associate Professor, Voice/Co-Chair of Music Performance: Read Dr. Woods full bio here.

Sep 2019

Sep 11 2019 : Become a TECH HERO and a POWER COMMUNICATOR: Getting to Know the New Tech-Talk Database Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Shortcuts in Office (Novice & Intermediate) e.g. Little-known shortcuts and formatting tricks.
Dates/Time: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Audience: Library/museum/archives employees, trustees and volunteers who want to learn about TechTalk’s new database.

Additional Dates and Topics:

Wednesday, October 16, 2 pm
Webinar 2: Excel and PowerPoint (Advance Non-Techie) e.g. Pivot Tables, Infographics.

Wednesday, December 11, 2 pm
Webinar 3: Communications Skills e.g. Persuasion, Leading, Power Words.

Session Length: one hour (40 minutes training; 20 minutes questions)


  • You’ll be able to work more effectively and productively with Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) so that your output appears professional.
  • You’ll gain self-confidence which will strengthen your work performance.
  • You’ll feel more knowledgeable, capable, and willing to assist colleagues and patrons/students.

Linda Keefe and Deb Davis have published Tech-Talk for over 23 years, reaching librarians of all types and educational support organizations across the nation. Their introduction to the library industry began in 1996 at the Brooklyn Public Library where they created the Technology Advocate program, training 120 staff in 60 branches, reducing the IT Help Desk average response time of tech reps from 17 days to 3 days, within the first three weeks of the six-week training. Deb has a BS in Human Environmental Science, with a minor in Business. Linda has a BS in Education and an MBA in International Marketing.
As technology communicators, they blend essential workplace skills (Office Suite, Internet, and Interpersonal Communications) into articles, videos, and database activities that allow you to be life-long learners, developing innovative ways of working independently and with colleagues.

Attend one, two or three sessions. When you sign-up you’ll receive a pre-webinar survey so that you can choose the specifics you’d like to have covered in the sessions. The webinars will be tailored to your responses. Register here once.

TIP: If you’re not a member of one of the sponsoring ESLN councils, you’ll be given access to the Tech-Talk Database for a limited time to “test drive” it and reinforce what you learn in the webinars. For any questions, contact your regional Council CE Coordinator or Linda@Tech-Talk.com, 941-355-2092.

This webinar is free, but registration is required.

Oct 2019

Oct 10 2019 : NNYLN Fall Meeting – St. Lawrence University


The Northern NY Library Network’s Fall Meeting will be held on October 10, 2019, Eben Holden at St. Lawrence University. The meeting will feature presentations from the Network’s members who were awarded grants this past year.


More details coming soon!







Archived Presentations

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