Flash Talks at NYLA Conference!

The Flash Task topics and presenters are all lined up!  These short presentations will liven up the SMART Membership Meeting at the NYLA Conference.  There are some really interesting topics this year:

Title:  Exploring Tech @ the Library

Presenter:  Ben Lainhart, Sidney Memorial Public Library

Description:   In this short talk, Ben will share the ways his library has been incorporating technology into library programming for patrons of all ages and skill levels. From basic computer classes for seniors to programming classes for teens to iPad gaming for toddlers, the Sidney Library offers something for everyone. 

Title:  Badge Badge Revolution!

Presenters:  René Battalle, Marcellus Free Library; Pam Gottheld, Marcellus Free Library; Margaret Portier, Fayetteville Free Library; Susan Reckhow, Onondaga County Public Library

Description: We are a group of librarians from several locations within the Onondaga County Public Library System, and we have re-imagined our teen summer reading program for 2013 and beyond. Through the use of open source software and trends in virtual badge programs, we have created a hip alternative to the traditional summer program. As all teens who use social media or play video games know, virtual badges provide colorful, shareable rewards for activities and accomplishments. These badges, for larger-scale programs such as “Life Scouts” can be posted on resumes and college applications in order to show well-rounded life experiences and continuing education. Badge culture is everywhere, even at colleges and universities who offer “MOOCs” (Massive Open Online Courses) for no formal credit. Teens can take advantage of less formal courses in order to gain experience and knowledge outside the traditional classroom. 

Considering the pervasiveness of virtual badges, we figured why not take advantage of this system to record literacy activities and make a more dynamic, fun summer reading program? Our presentation will outline how we used Evanced Summer Reader and Google Sites to build our program from the ground up, then designed custom badges for reading and other literacy activities, and finally launched “Make Your Summer @ Your Library” in our different communities as our new teen summer reading program. We will also talk about the results of the program, some improvements for next year, and provide practical tips on how other librarians can follow our example even if they feel swamped with work!

Title:  Ready – Set – ACTION! Jumpstart your information literacy classes with visual blogs using videos, photos and more!

Presenter:  Jane Verotek, Moon Library, SUNY ESF

Description:  In 2009 Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian at SUNY ESF started teaching a 1 credit ESF 200 Information Literacy course as a completely online class via Blackboard.  In an effort to address different learning styles and to address the bigger issue of boredom and need for variety – Jane incorporated “visual” blogs and video tutorials into her online information literacy class.  The visual blogs the students do require students to post videos, photos and drawings related to library catalogs, journal article databases and the internet and more! And the video tutorials posted by Jane for the students to watch are a Library 411 YouTube series that Jane created and had filmed.  This Pecha Kucha will give you the tools needed to get you and your students to interact “visually” in online courses or even in traditional classrooms and to help jumpstart your information literacy classes.

  Title:  Organizing Hidden Treasure: Cataloging Local History at the Niagara Falls Public Library

Presenter:  Jennifer Potter, Niagara Falls Public Library

Description:  In July of 2000, the Niagara Falls Historical Society was dissolved due to a court order. Materials were passed on the the Niagara Falls Public Library, Local History Department.   In March of 2011, Dr. William Siener (historian and former director of the Buffalo Historical Society) was called by the library board to help organize the materials.  He called me to help. We worked together on the project for two years and I am currently continuing it on my own.  

 This project is a work in process.  We have taken steps to catalog and preserve the items using Past Perfect and Archivists’ Toolkit software, adding shades to sun-drenched rooms, and renting a PEM monitor to find out how much heat and humidity vary throughout a full calendar year.  I have written (and obtained) two digitization grants so that important segments of the collection can be shared with the world. The challenges ahead: preservation in a building not designed for it, continuing to catalog a large backlog of materials, and finding time for exhibitions (either online or in-person).  I will share thoughts about how to cope with the challenges that we have faced.

Title:  Librarians’ Perspectives on Patron Privacy in a Library 2.0 World

Presenter:  Stephanie Hess, Binghamton University Libraries

Description:  Privacy is a difficult concept to define and even more difficult to justify given the rapidly evolving community standards of cyberspace. Contrary to the mores embraced by the American Library Association (ALA) and guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, we willingly trade information about ourselves in exchange for the conveniences afforded by cloud computing, e-commerce, instant communication, and social media networking.

As librarians, we have traditionally viewed patron privacy as a sacrosanct ingredient in ensuring intellectual freedom and free speech. However, Library 2.0 has skewed the privacy playing field in previously unimaginable ways, amplifying opportunities for privacy violations. This talk will provide a brief overview of librarians’ perspectives regarding patron privacy and Library 2.0 based on a non-scientific survey of 461 participants that was conducted in 2013. We will also discuss privacy risks inherent to the online environment and identify best practices for safeguarding library user metadata, including tips on how to formulate local patron privacy policies.

Title:  Digital Literacy in NY Project Update

Presenter:  Mary Anne Waltz, NYLA

Description:  Following the adoption of a statewide set of digital literacy standards and accompanying digital skills, a task force developed a digital literacy curriculum that was approved by the New York State Broadband Initiative. An NTIA grant funds a series of statewide train-the-trainer workshops for public library staff to develop a cadre of trained library staff who can advance the digital literacy skills of their patrons. Hear about their project experiences, the impact for public libraries, and observations on the future of digital literacy training in NY.

See You There!

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