SMART Spring Conference 2014!

SMART’s Spring Conference will be in a video conference format with two sites joined by video link.  The two sites will be completely integrated throughout the program.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at two locations:
Baldwinsville Public Library
33 East Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13027
George F. Johnson Memorial Library
1001 Park St.
Endicott, NY 13760

Program Schedule
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Morning Session
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch & Learn
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Afternoon Session

Session & Presenter Info:

Tech Programs for Toddlers, Kids & Tweens:  Erin Singleton, Youth Services Librarian George F. Johnson Memorial Library 

Serious Fun: Why Every Library Should Care About Games:  Amanda Schiavulli, Education & Outreach Librarian Finger Lakes Library System 

Top 10 Good Tech Habits Every Library Employee Should Know:  Ron Kirsop, Consultant Librarian Pioneer Library System 

ePublishing for Individuals and Libraries: April Steenburgh, Reference Librarian Broome Community College & Digital Literacy Librarian GFJ Library 

For more information on the presentation and the speakers, click here.




 The NYLA  SMART (Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology) Board  seeks nominations for our annual awards.   Please give some consideration to the award descriptions below and send us your nominations!

 1.) SMART Ellen C. Rappaport Professional Achievement Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding professional achievements of a current or former member of the Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology (SMART). A recipient shall have been a member of the Section for a minimum of three years and shall have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas: acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, collection management, conservation/preservation, serials control, or automation. The recipient selected by the Section’s award committee will receive a plaque and award of $100 to be presented at the NYLA Annual Conference.

To apply, please supply:

  • Nominee’s name, title, employer, e-mail,  work address and telephone number
  • Briefly describe, in an accompanying letter, the candidate’s contributions.

 Send this information by July 15, 2014to Mary Edgerton (address below).


Submit your nomination (by July 15, 2014) using this online form:

SMART Ellen C. Rappaport Professional Achievement Award:

  2.) The Teresa StrozikAward for Innovation in Library Technology

 Teresa Strozik exemplified leadership within the New York State library community through innovations in technical services.  In 2009, the SMART Board created this award to honor Teresa and those who follow in her path.

This award recognizes a current NYLA member for the innovative use of technology in a library or information setting.  The recipient of this award is one who  embraces new and emerging technologies by incorporating them into their work and/or programs.    For the purposes of this award, technology may be defined as traditional library technologies (cataloging, ILL, ILS, etc.) or other technologies (websites, communication tools, etc.).  The recipient selected by the Section’s award committee will receive a plaque and award of $100 to be presented at the NYLA Annual Conference.   The recipient will also be asked to give a brief overview of his or her technology innovation during the  NYLA Annual Conference.

To apply, please supply:

  • Nominee’s name, title, employer, e-mail,  work address and telephone number
  • Brief employment history
  • A description of the candidate’s innovative use of technology    stating the benefits or impact of the  technology usage

Send this information by July 15, 2014to Mary Edgerton (address below).


Submit your nomination (by  July 15, 2014)   using this online form:

Teresa Strozik  Award for Innovation in Library Technology:


3.) The NYLA Dewey Fellowship Award

Apply now and receive funds to attend the NYLA Conference November 5, 2012-November 8, 2014  in Saratoga Springs!

TheSMART section is   one of  three sections eligible this year for awarding the Dewey Fellowship Award to attend the NYLA Annual Conference in 2014.   Dewey Fellows are chosen on a basis of the following criteria: 1) Five or more years of experience as a librarian, (MLS not required), 2) record of accomplishment in library profession, and 3) involvement in activities to advance the library community. The Dewey Fellowship pays for up to $1000 of the cost of attendance at the NYLA Annual Conference.  Additionally, each Dewey Fellow will receive a $100 Gift Certificate for use at the NYLA Store, and will be acknowledged on NYLA’s website, at the Annual Conference and in the NYLA Bulletin.


To apply,   please provide the following information:

  • Nominee’s name, title,  address,  phone number and e-mail,
  • Years of experience,
  • Briefly provide the following in support of this nomination:
  • Nominee’s accomplishments in library profession:
  • Nominee’s contribution to the library community (i.e. involvement in Section and/or NYLA):

Send this information by July 15, 2014  to Mary Edgerton (address below).


Submit your nomination (by July 15, 2014)   using this online form:

The NYLA Dewey Fellowship Award

Mary Edgerton

Chair, Awards Ccommittee



Another Conference Presentation: Get SMART with Mobile Websites

We have just posted another set of presentation slides from the recent NYLA Conference:

Get SMART With Mobile Websites (in pdf format).

More Conference Slides – NY Heritage: Online For You

We have now posted the presentation slides from SMART’s recent conference program: New York Heritage Digital Collections: Online For You

The slides are in pdf format.

Conference Wrap-Up – Flash Talk Presentation Slides

SMART has uploaded three of the presentations from our Flash Talks.  The Flash Talks were an interesting part of the SMART membership meeting during the 2013 NYLA Conference.  They have been uploaded in pdf format.

Teaching Tech @ Sidney Memorial Library

Librarians’ Perspectives on Patron Privacy in a Library 2.0 World


Banned Books Week 2013: Resource Roundup

Banned Books Week 2013: Resource Roundup

As librarians and avid readers, we cherish our freedom to read and what better way to commemorate Banned Books Week than by indulging in an awesome book? Here is a quick round-up of recent news, advocacy resources, and recommended reading lists for your enjoyment.

American Library Association:  Banned & Challenged Books

Banned Books Week Facebook page

Books Banned in 2012-2013: A Reading List

Banned Books Week website

‘Captain Underpants’ Tops List of Challenged Books

Celebrate Banned Book Week with these Forbidden Titles

Five Books You Probably Haven’t Read, But Should

NC school system lifts ban on “Invisible Man
Twitter hashtag – #bannedbooksweek

It’s a SMART Saturday

Check out SMART’s programs for Saturday!

Program Slot 7 – 9:30-10:45 - From Maps to Apps

Learn about the use and implmentation of geo-based services (e.g. digital mapping) and how these tools change the ways we interact with information and place.  Speaker: April Younglove, Rochester Institute of Technology

Location: Convention Center – Schoellkopf

Program Slot 8 – 11:00-12:15 – New York Heritage Online For You

Learn about how the cooperative New York Heritage Program is run to create a digital repository devoted to the state’s history and how its participating libraries have benefited.  Speakers: Karlen Chase, Western NY Library Resources Council; Claire Enkosky, Central NY Library Resources Council.

Location: Convention Center – Schoellkopf


Many SMART program handouts & presentations will be available for download on the SMART website.  We’ll post a message when they are available.