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  • December 03, 2018 6:18 PM | Tim Spindler (Administrator)

    We have recently purchased three digital converters as listed below which are available to be borrowed as a Digital Converter Kit through the Equipment Loan Program.  The purpose of the Equipment Loan Program is to introduce new gadgets for our member libraries to explore.  Whether you will buy it later for your Technology Petting Zoo or for your own library lending program, borrow from LILRC and try it before you buy.   You may take a look at what’s available at on our Equipment Loan Program Page and fill out the Equipment Loan Form to request to borrow.  First come, first served.

    • Video to Digital Converter - Capture video from VCR's, VHS Tapes, Hi8, Camcorder, DVD, Gaming Systems
    • CD to MP3 Converter - Encode CDs direct to MP3 files; Record from CD or aux-in jack
    • Cassette to MP3 Converter - Encode old cassettes tapes to MP3/WAV/WMA files and laptop CD

    Thanks Jesse Reinard, Network System Specialist at the Connetquot Public Library, for recommending these digital converters.  The Library purchased them for patrons to borrow through their Library of Things service .  

    If you would like to suggest any items you would like to borrow from LILRC, please email Min Liu at minliu@lilrc.org.
  • November 27, 2018 3:26 PM | Tim Spindler (Administrator)

    The 27th Annual Conference on Libraries and the Future titled "Fix the Future: Access, Innovation, and Opportunities" was well attended on a beautiful fall day. The attendees challenged some of the speakers with insightful questions that raised issues such as privacy to some of the speakers. This promoted a lively discussion.

    One of the highlights of the program was Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel presenting "Library Programs and Services that Empower and Engage Teens". She led the presentation by telling a story about the impact her sixth grade teacher had on her life andhow librarians can have the same impact on children?s lives. She spoke about the challenges teens faceand how library programming can address and provide assistance to teens in addressing these challenges. Syntychia emphasized the importance of giving the teens the ability to steer their groups and empowering them to innovate. She illustrated this through the programs she started including Junior Friends and the Empowerment Academy. She also highlighted how she developed community partnerships working with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hofstra University and others.

    The other presentations included David Beard, Former Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Digital Editor of the National Journal, who posed the question, ?What role, if any,should libraries play in preserving local news?? David challenged librarians to takea stronger role in preserving local news even if librarians were to take an active role in writing the news. Wesley Rebisz of Lesso Home spoke Thursday night about his companies project to create community spaces in malls and how libraries might mimic this approach. The other speaker was Betsy Rivera from Girls Who Code who spoke about how libraries could get involved with Girls Who Code programs.

  • October 19, 2018 10:03 AM | Tim Spindler (Administrator)

    Both breakfasts were a success this year and well attended by legislative advocates and legislators.

    The Suffolk County legislative breakfast was held September 21 at the Brentwood Public Library.  Tom Tarantowicz from the Brentwood Library delivered opening remarks with additional comments from Kevin Verbesey (SCLS) who detailed NYLA’s legislative agenda and Tim Spindler (LILRC).  Seven legislators or their aids attended.  Each legislator was also given a chance to speak.  Approximately 115 library supporters also attended.

    The Nassau County legislative breakfast was held September 28 at the Nassau Library System.  Caroline Ashby (Assistant Director) delivered opening remarks.  Ken Casser, a local businessman, spoke about the value of libraries to his business and how they helped him transition to a new career.  Tim Spindler (Executive Director) spoke about LILRC’s role with libraries.  We had 11 legislators attend.  Each legislator was also given a chance to speak.  Approximately 120 library supporters also attended.
  • September 05, 2018 3:47 PM | Tim Spindler (Administrator)
    We have had a busy summer at LILRC and there have been many changes happening within the organization.  Three of the biggest changes members will notice is the implementation of our new member management, event management system and our move to Google for Nonprofits which allows us to improve communication.

    The membership management system and the event registration system comes in one package and allows us to take payments and donations online, track registrations, and manage communications with members.  We are also now able to create a members only section of our web sites to allow access to members only content.  As part of this, we launched the members only service: Ask the Lawyer.  As we add content to this area, we will send out further announcements to members to make you aware of what is available.  We are taking registrations through the same software including payments.  Reminders and confirmations for the registrations are automated. 

    Google for Nonprofits has allowed us to take advantage of cloud based email, productivity software as well as the creation of distribution lists (listservs) for committees and interest groups.  We have set up three interest groups for academic libraries, hospital libraries, and archives & special collections.  All are welcome to participate in these three groups regardless if you work in those types of libraries.  If you have to participate in any of these groups or have us create an additional group send me an email at tspindler@lilrc.org. 

    There will be more changes and improvements of services coming in the year so keep an eye out for these.
  • August 06, 2018 4:26 PM | Tim Spindler (Administrator)

    I have received an excellent reception arriving at LILRC with many warm greetings from librarians across Long Island. There are a lot of new experiences coming into a new job and I have been diving into things learning a lot from the excellent staff at LILRC and also members of the board and others.  As mentioned at the annual meeting, I see LILRC building on its strengths to develop a nimble and agile organization adapting to the needs of the libraries in Suffolk and Nassau County.  I have begun a review of internal policies and procedures as well as the financials of the organization. Part of my goal is to examine closely what we have been doing and how we have been spending money to find ways to increase service levels to members providing greater value.  I have also met recently with Nate Hill the executive director of the NY Metropolitan New York Library Council and we have had some initial discussions on how we can find ways to cooperate more. In the next year, you are likely to see changes in the organization including the initiation of a strategic planning process that will involve all libraries of Long Island and the staff at LILRC.  I look forward to learning about what you are doing and what your needs are. Feel free to drop me a call (631-675-1570 x201) or send me an email (tspindler@lilrc.org) if you would like to show off your library or discuss any needs you have.

  • July 18, 2018 9:33 AM | Tim Spindler (Administrator)

    The July-December LILRC Continuing Education Brochure is here! Take a look and see what’s in store for you.

    You may also check out LILRC Continuing Education Blog at https://lilrcevents.org/ for presentation slides and handouts.

  • July 17, 2018 8:36 AM | Tim Spindler (Administrator)

    The Internet Librarian 2018 conference will be held on October 16-18, 2018, at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey, California.  By registering through LILRC, you will be eligible for special discounted rates. The Gold Pass is available to groups at the discounted rate of $649 (regularly $789 and the only pass to include preconference workshops).  We will also offer a special rate of $399 for the 3-day event (regular rate is $549) and $119 on the Internet@Schools Track (regularly $209).

    You may visit the Internet Librarian 2018 conference page at Information Today’s website (http://internet-librarian.infotoday.com/2018/) for full conference program information.  Online registrations can be made until September 14, 2018 to receive the discounted rates (rates increase after this deadline).  No discount rates are available for the pre-conference workshops.

    To register for the LILRC discounted rate, visit: https://secure.infotoday.com/RegForms/internetlibrarian/?Priority=LILRC18.
    No promo code is needed!

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