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 2018

Aug 21 2018 : NCLS: Update on changes to the NYS Commissioner's Regulation 90.2 - Minimum Standards for Public Libraries - Video Conference – North Country Library System

Minimum Standards for Public Libraries are being updated for the first time in 20 years.  We’ll go over a few additions to the standards (programs, technology training for staff, community partnerships ) and updates to several standards (automation, long-range planning, program and collection evaluation, and more).  Libraries will have 1-3 years to comply with the updated standards.  We’ll discuss how NCLS can best support our libraries.

Video conferences are held in three different locations throughout Jefferson, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties:

North Country Library System
22072 County Route 190
Watertown, NY 13601
United States
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Oswego Public Library
120 East Second Street
Oswego, NY 13126-2198
United States
Email address: oswlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-341-5867
Fax: 315-216-6492
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Potsdam Public Library
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676-2099
United States
Email address: potlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-265-7230
Fax: 315-268-0306
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Register Here: https://web.ncls.org/node/323534/register

Note: This event is through the North Country Library System.

Aug 21 2018 : NCLS: Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them - Video Conference – North Country Library System

Materials selection is something all libraries do, regardless of size of budget.  But it’s not always easy to know what to buy, especially in genres or age levels you don’t know well.  Join us for a discussion about the best resources for book discovery and reviews, how to keep up with release dates, and what goes into maintaining a balanced, robust collection in a small community library.

Facilitator: Angela Newman

Video conferences are held in three different locations throughout Jefferson, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties:

North Country Library System
22072 County Route 190
Watertown, NY 13601
United States
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Oswego Public Library
120 East Second Street
Oswego, NY 13126-2198
United States
Email address: oswlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-341-5867
Fax: 315-216-6492
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Potsdam Public Library
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676-2099
United States
Email address: potlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-265-7230
Fax: 315-268-0306
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Register Here: https://web.ncls.org/node/323540/register

Note: This event is through the North Country Library System.

Aug 31 2018 : Strategic Planning and Productivity & Running Effective Meetings with Ron Kirsop – Northern New York Library Network Office

Description:

Program One: Strategic Planning (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
This presentation will discuss the specific elements of setting up an active planning project and the activities required to create a flexible document that emphasizes actionable pathways for decision making, community involvement, and funding priorities. Specific planning activities discussed will include aspiration-oriented community conversations, simple community questionnaires, and interviews with key stakeholders. Participants will gain insight in initializing and carrying out a planning process in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Program Two: Productivity & Running Effective Meetings (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm)
Our personal productivity is in a constant state of exhaustion due to the endless tasks, email messages, and meetings we manage on a day-to-day basis. This presentation aims to reset our overwhelmed productivity systems by discussing specific methods, tools, and systems that focus on setting priorities, creating action plans, and establishing a habitual review process. This presentation will also touch on creating effective meetings through planned organization and communication by focusing on clear objectives and productive outcomes.

About the speaker: Ron Kirsop is the Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System, a cooperative system in western New York serving 42 small and rural libraries. Ron primarily focuses on trustee education, strategic planning, survey development, user experience, customer service, and team building.

Refreshments and lunch included.

Sep 2018

Sep 13 2018 : Making a Collection Count! Presented by Holly Hibner & Mary Kelly – Northern New York Library Network Office

Description:

Make your collection count! This session talks about the overall quality of a library collection. This includes analyzing collection procedures, metrics, and the life cycle of a collection.

We will also discuss how to “weed smart” by creating a weeding plan that staff and patrons will buy into, including ways to dispose of weeded materials properly and respectfully.

Our holistic approach to collection management will help all types and sizes of libraries to keep pace with the demands and expectations of their communities.

Attendees are invited to bring weeding policies and material for review. If possible, please email policies to Christi by September 6, 2018.

About the speakers:

Holly Hibner is the Adult Services Coordinator at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. She has a mild obsession with weeding (ok, maybe not so mild), and can often be found in the stacks taking inventory. She also loves all things techie and the challenge of a good reference question. Holly is riding high and pulling all the glory out of her term as a Councilor-at-Large for the American Library Association.

Mary Kelly is the Digital Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. This fancy title means you will find her pouring through Overdrive reports, database renewals, and enlightening the masses in computer classes. Mary is also working on harnessing all the power of her role as the library’s webmaster (aka World Domination).

For street cred, Holly and Mary have co-authored several books, such as “Making a Collection Count” and “Taking Your Library Career to the Next Level.” Reading them will surely change your life, so interlibrary loan a copy today! They are also co-authors of the popular blog “Awful Library Books.”

Registration is required. Free to NNYLN & ESLN members.

We are planning a continental breakfast beginning at 8:45 am including assorted fruit, coffee, tea, and water. Please alert us to any food allergies prior to the program.

Sep 25 2018 : Libraries & Confidentiality: Your Privacy is Our Business with Nancy Greco and Kate Ross – Northern New York Library Network Office

 

Description: Society’s concept of privacy has changed in the Google and Facebook era.  Libraries operated under a different standard, but why? And should libraries change their philosophy of maintaining strict patron privacy?

Join us to learn the ethics behind our current policies and participate in hands-on activities to think through your own approach to library patron confidentiality and privacy issues.


About the presenters:

Nancy Greco earned her B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies from SUNY Geneseo.   While earning her M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo, she focused her studies on government and legal information, spending much of her time at the Charles B. Sears Law Library.  Currently serving as Instruction and Archives Librarian at St. John Fisher College, Nancy is leading Lavery librarians in revising their information literacy program assessment plan, using best practices for instruction and outcomes assessment.  Nancy teaches dozens of information literacy classes each semester within her liaison areas of Political Science, Legal Studies, Media and Communication, and in the School of Business. 

 

Kate Ross has been the Head of Technical Services/Acquisitions Librarian at Lavery Library, St. John Fisher College, since October, 2006. Prior to that, Kate worked at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, where she presented at conferences on the impact of the Patriot Act on patron privacy in libraries.

 

 

 

Registration is required. Free to NNYLN & ESLN members.

We are planning to have a continental breakfast (details soon) at 9:00 am along with assorted fruit, coffee, tea, and water. Please alert us to any food allergies prior to the program.

Oct 2018

Oct 12 2018 : Fall Meeting 2018 – 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

Oct 16 2018 : NCLS: Annual Report for Automated Libraries - Video Conference – North Country Library System

This workshop will look at the new process for recording data on the NCLS website and storing data in Google Drive using a Google sheet.  This class will also provide a demonstration of the State annual reporting database, Bibliostat Collect, including how to navigate, flag items, enter notes, answer edit checks and more!

Video conferences are held in three different locations throughout Jefferson, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties:

North Country Library System
22072 County Route 190
Watertown, NY 13601
United States
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Oswego Public Library
120 East Second Street
Oswego, NY 13126-2198
United States
Email address: oswlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-341-5867
Fax: 315-216-6492
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Potsdam Public Library
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676-2099
United States
Email address: potlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-265-7230
Fax: 315-268-0306
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Register Here: https://web.ncls.org/node/323550/register

Note: This event is through the North Country Library System.

Oct 16 2018 : NCLS: Simple Strategic Planning - Video Conference – North Country Library System

This workshop will look at the new process for recording data on the NCLS website and storing data in Google Drive using a Google sheet.  This class will also provide a demonstration of the State annual reporting database, Bibliostat Collect, including how to navigate, flag items, enter notes, answer edit checks and more!

Video conferences are held in three different locations throughout Jefferson, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties:

North Country Library System
22072 County Route 190
Watertown, NY 13601
United States
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Oswego Public Library
120 East Second Street
Oswego, NY 13126-2198
United States
Email address: oswlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-341-5867
Fax: 315-216-6492
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Potsdam Public Library
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676-2099
United States
Email address: potlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-265-7230
Fax: 315-268-0306
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Register Here: https://web.ncls.org/node/323545/register

Note: This event is through the North Country Library System.

Oct 17 2018 : (Webinar) Memory Cafés and Libraries: The Perfect Fit

Program Description: A memory café is a social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementia, as well as their family and friends. Library memory cafés meet once per month in a safe and comfortable space to offer fun and engaging programs, while providing social opportunities for those living with memory loss. Three years ago, four libraries in southeastern Wisconsin partnered to offer memory cafés to their aging community members. Today, this project has grown to include thirteen libraries in three counties. If your library is interested in providing this unique health outreach to your community, this webinar will provide you with the essential first steps to get started. Please register below.

About the presenter: Angela Meyers is the Coordinator of Youth and Inclusive Services at the Bridges Library System in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Meyers coordinates the Library Memory Project which consists of 13 libraries across three counties partnering to offer memory cafés and educational opportunities to those living with memory loss and their care partners. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (2002) and a Master of Library & Information Science degree (2008) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Nov 2018

Nov 13 2018 : NCLS: A Year of Literary Celebrations - Video Conference – North Country Library System

Children’s Book Week.  World Read Aloud Day.  Bring Your Child to the Library Day.  National Novel Writing Month.  There are so many literacy-themed programming “holidays” in the calendar year that it can be easy to let them slip through the cracks.  When we do remember them, it’s often at the eleventh hour—too late to present an effective program.  Programming is an increasingly important part of library service (it’s even part of DLD’s new minimum standards), and literacy-themed programs and events are a great place to make an impact.  Join us at NCLS for an overview of these celebrations and programming ideas to promote.

Facilitator: Angela Newman

Video conferences are held in three different locations throughout Jefferson, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties:

North Country Library System
22072 County Route 190
Watertown, NY 13601
United States
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Oswego Public Library
120 East Second Street
Oswego, NY 13126-2198
United States
Email address: oswlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-341-5867
Fax: 315-216-6492
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Potsdam Public Library
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676-2099
United States
Email address: potlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail)
Phone: 315-265-7230
Fax: 315-268-0306
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

Register Here: https://web.ncls.org/node/323555/register

Note: This event is through the North Country Library System.

 

 

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