Register now for NYLA 2010 – Early bird deadline expires August 17!

The early-bird full conference registration fee for members is still only $155, the same as in 2008 and 2009! Don’t delay. Go to

NYLA is pleased to announce our new Opening Session Luncheon keynote speaker, Prof. John Palfrey.

The General Opening Session Luncheon on Thursday, November 4, featuring our keynote speaker, John Palfrey is Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School and a faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School and is a regular commentator on network news programs, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, NPR and BBC.

John is co-author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives. Born Digital explores a broad range of issues, from the highly philosophical to the purely practical: What is the Internet’s impact on creativity and learning? What does identity mean for young people who have dozens of online profiles and avatars? What lies ahead – socially, professionally, and psychologically – for this generation?

Children who were born into and raised in the digital world are coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. Our economy, our politics, our culture and even the shape of our families will be forever transformed. John Palfrey answers the question: Who are these Digital Natives?

Tickets for the General Opening Session Luncheon are available for $30 per person or included as part of the Package Plan registration.

Don’t miss ALA Immediate Past-President Camila Alire!

Dr. Alire will be presenting “Frontline Advocacy: Every Voice Makes a Difference,” on Friday, November 5, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM. Dr. Alire championed the concept of “frontline advocacy”—a strategy and philosophy in which everyone who works for or with the library acts as a passionate advocate for libraries and library users. In this special session, Dr. Alire will discuss advocacy and outreach strategies on campus and in K-12 school buildings.

For SMART members looking for Continuing Education credits and opportunities enroll in the SMART-sponsored Pre-Conference CE!

CE-A: Secrets of the Web Masters: Web Design from A to Zen

Have you ever wondered how to get an amazing Web site up and running in a day or two? It’s easier than you think and it won’t cost a thing! This fun, fast-paced class will demonstrate how to build an entire Web site, start to finish, using freely available tools and services. Learn the “secrets” of installing a content management system, customizing templates, collecting statistics, integrating tools like Meebo, RSS, and Flickr, and much more!

By the end of the program, participants will know how to:

  • Launch a Web site two different ways (for free!) in 10 minutes
  • Understand terms like MySQL, PHP, and CSS
  • Install a content management system
  • Incorporate live chat, book cover images, RSS and more
  • Understand how Web site statistics can be collected and used
  • Have a ton of ideas to take home with you

Instructor: Kathryn Frederick, Systems Librarian, Skidmore College

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SMART Sessions at NYLA 2010!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Digital Images: Moving and Shaking
How to migrate your digital collection to a new platform. Issues and considerations discussed.
Speaker: Lynne Webb, New York State Library; Maria Kessler McShane, College of St. Rose

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
How Fast Do They Want It?
When they want everything yesterday, how do you deliver? Learn about print/purchase on demand services.
Speakers: Sheryl L. Knab, Executive Director, WNYLRC; Cyril Oberlander, SUNY Geneseo

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
SMART Flash Talks
Join Smarties in sharing newest and coolest ways technology is shaping libraries. Membership meeting included!

Friday, November 5, 2010

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
2010 Rudi Weiss Lecture: Emerging Areas of Professional Opportunities for Librarians
Speaker: Liz Liddy, Dean of iSchool, Syracuse University
At the whirling speed at which increasingly diverse information resources, information technologies, and new constituencies are arriving at the doors and portals of libraries, we observe that both practicing librarians and academic programs that educate librarians are quickly adapting, as well as expanding their purview into arenas that may not have previously appeared to be naturally within their realm. One of the most promising of these is e-librarianship, a newly emerging focus within our field that applies our recognized information organization, management, and access skills to supporting large scale information management projects for researchers, initially within science and engineering, and now expanding to the humanities, for researchers and practitioners who are dealing with very, very large information collections. Results of a research study of eScience professionals’ knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes support the belief that eScience roles constitute a new “embedded librarianship” where library science trained professionals may embody a new wave of librarianship.

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Creating a Disaster Plan
Learn the basics of disaster planning for your library.
Speaker: Karen Brown, Preservation Librarian, University at Albany

Saturday, November 6, 2010

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Discussion of LibraryThing and how it can be used to create catalogs by people with little or no cataloging skills.
Speaker: Barb Ciambor, Rochester Regional Library Council

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Emerging Tech Trends for Librarians
A panel discusses what technologies are hot now and what to expect in the future.
Speakers: Blake Carver, New York Power Authority; Edward Corrado, Binghamton University; Ken Fujiuchi, Buffalo State College

See the Program Page for all session details.

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