The Public Libraries Section of NYLA will hold their one-day Spring Conference in Hyde Park this year Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home (4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY).
Keynote speaker: Tim Stevens, Editor-in-chief of Engadget
Tim Stevens got his start writing professionally in the mid '90s, covering the gaming world while in college, and has since written on topics including business process management, software development, and of course lots and lots about gadgety type things. Called "the nicest guy in tech" by Fortune Magazine, he's also an avid gamer, and amateur motorsports enthusiast. Engadget is an online news outlet focused on technology, breaking gadget news and happenings in the world of consumer electronics. The site is updated many times per hour, every single day of the year, and features short (and not so short) news posts, product reviews, videos, photo galleries, editorials, and stacks of special featured content.
"PLS is proud to offer a variety of presentations on a wide range of topics relevant to public library staff-including a selection of programs on assisting different types of patrons, readers advisory for varied genres, and technology programs. Plus, an opportunity to tour the FDR Presidential Library and Home Museum and visit historic Hyde Park."
Supporting Patrons with Intellectual Disabilities
Catherine Ottaviani, Director of Day Services at Dutchess ARC, will present a workshop on how to better interact with and assist patrons with intellectual (developmental) disabilities in the public library setting.
Full Frontal Shelving: Erotica in the Library
The popularity of 50 Shades of Grey has put the question of erotica front and center for library collections, but erotic tales have been part of literature and genre fiction for many years, and you may be surprised how much is already on your shelves. How do you expand your collection? Is there a good way to promote erotica to patrons? What about patron complaints? Presenters Anna Mickelsen, Reference Librarian at Springfield City Library (MA) and Kristi Chadwick, Director at Emily Williston Memorial Library (Easthampton, MA), will address these issues and more.
Mental Health Issues in Public Libraries
Janet Caruso, Director of Community Education and Marlene Taylor, Education & Training Coordinator at Mental Health America of Dutchess County will present tips & suggestions on the best ways to work with mentally ill patrons in a public library.
Technology Petting Zoo
Come explore some of the latest options in tablet computing! Alissa Maynard of Bethlehem Public Library will have the library's collection (Microsoft Surface, Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galazy Tab 2 10.1, iPad 2) for you to explore and play with (plus various e-readers from their circulating collection). Get hands-on with the technology your patrons are asking about! In addition, feel free to bring your own tech toys and knowledge to share with the group.
Check out the conference program and registration info here: http://bit.ly/Wj9owC