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Call for SMART Flash Talk speakers at NYLA conference

Attending the NYLA Conference this year? Share that project, idea, cool thing that you and your library ​are doing with your fellow ​NYLA members at the SMART Membership Meeting and Flash Talks session ​to be held on FridayOctober 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM in Lake Placid.

SMART is looking for members to present their libraries’ stories in a lightning talk or pecha kucha style presentation (a short presentation between five to ten minutes long). Flash talks are fast, fun, and loaded with information!

If you are interested in presenting, please send your name, email address, title and short abstract describing your presentation to Ben Lainhar​t, SMART Vice President at


SMART Membership Meeting Flash Talks Announced

This year’s Flash Talk topics and presenters are all lined up! Join us to hear about these interesting projects on Friday November 7th at 8:30am inMeeting Room 2A of the Convention Center in Saratoga Springs.

Automating Interlibrary Loan Workflows Using IDS Logic
Have you ever dreamed of not having to cancel book requests for reserves or items that are checked out or look up call numbers? Want to skip having to indicate that you haven’t reached limits on copyright?  These time-consuming, yet essential parts of your Interlibrary Loan workflow can be automated by IDS Logic.  IDS Logic is a system that can automate major parts of ILL workflows using a dynamic ILLiad server addon connection to run logic based rules.  Bill Jones, IDS Project Creative Technologist and SMART Teresa Strozik Award for Innovation in Library Technology 2014 recipient will present on IDS Logic.

Building digital collections and exhibits with
Brian Jennings, Local History Librarian at the New City Library, shows the basics of using to build a digital collection and exhibit.   Brian helped the New City Library launch an Omeka site at where they are indexing local newspaper clippings files and have built an online exhibit related to the Civil War in Rockland County.   Learn about this cost-effective and easy-to-use platform to supplement your online catalog and feature unique items in your library collections.

Geneva Public Library’s Fantasy Library League
Chris Finger, Acting Director of the Geneva Public Library, will present on the Geneva Public Library’s Fantasy Library League. The Fantasy Library League was a game designed last year by Chris that mimics Fantasy Football Leagues. Players choose a collection of books and then compare how often their collections circulated within my library system. The players with the most circulations won prizes. The game was designed using Drupal and the e-commerce module Ubercart. Read an article from a local newspaper about the league.

Guernsey Memorial Library’s New Preservation Station
Connie Dalrymple, Director, Guernsey Memorial Library, will share information about the Preservation Station that the Guernsey Memorial Library of Norwich has recently opened to the public.  The Preservation Station is a computer workstation where individuals interested in preserving their family history and personal documentation can digitize items which are in various sunsetting formats including paper documents, photographs, slides, VHS, and audiocassettes.  She will speak about their setup, how they are managing its use, and marketing.

HARMONY, the Historic Archival Records and Manuscripts of New York
Déirdre Joyce, Assistant Director and Archival Services Manager at the Central NY Library Resources Council, will discuss the genesis and current status of HARMONY, a collaborative project  between archivists from across the state to enrich and improve archival description and discovery of New York’s unique and expansive archival holdings.  HARMONY is the Historic Archival Records and Manuscripts of New York index of finding aids from across the state.

In a Glass World
René Battelle, Assistant Director of the Marcellus Free Library will speak about her library’s experience beta testing Google Glass.  She will cover the basics of what Google Glass is and what it does, why technology like this belongs in libraries, and her personal experience testing it in a library environment. She will have the Glass with her, and can give some personal demos after the session.