Library Association of Rockland County

Supporting and promoting the 17 public libraries in Rockland County, New York

Building Bridges: 2017 LARC - WLA Conference

  • 5 May 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center, 334 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964


Registration is closed

Early bird registration deadline is April 21, 2017. Regular registration deadline is April 28, 2017. Please make checks payable to LARC and mail to Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont, NY 10968.


 8:00 am - 2:30 pm  Registration table open  Outside Watson Room
 8:00 - 9:30 am  Breakfast, vendors, raffle basket* ticket sales  Watson Room
 9:30 am  WLA Annual Business Meeting  Watson Room
 9:30 - 10:00 am  Vendors, raffle basket ticket sales  Watson Room
 10:00 - 11:30 am  Morning Breakout Sessions  TBA
 11:30 am - 12 noon Vendors, raffle basket ticket sales  Watson Room
 12 noon - 1:00 pm  Lunch**  Hearth Dining Room
 1:15 - 2:00 pm  Keynote Speaker  Watson Room
 2:00 pm  Last call for raffle tickets  
 2:00 - 2:15 pm  WLA Awards  Watson Room
 2:00 - 2:30 pm  Raffle Basket winners announced  Watson Room
 2:30 - 4:00 pm  Afternoon Breakout Sessions  TBA

*Gift baskets will be raffled off at this event. Tickets will be sold during the conference and winners will be announced after lunch. Prices are 1 ticket for $1 or 6 tickets for $5; cash only please. Proceeds help support the LARC Scholarship Fund.

**Lunch is a buffet with a variety of options including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.  Dishes containing common allergens will be noted. Please notify us if you have dietary restrictions, or if you require a Kosher meal.  Guests will be able to order beer and wine with cash payment during lunch in the dining room.

Morning Breakout Session #1:

Queens Library Transforms ~ presented by Kelvin Watson

A discussion of the wide-ranging innovations in transforming the Queens Library, from their efforts to radically transform and improve the way library patrons discover and access eResources through a Virtual Library System.

Morning Breakout Session #2:

Emerging Technologies for Youth Services & School Libraries

A panel discussion by Duncan Bell and Rob Caluori. Dr. Bell teaches classes about Arduino microcontrollers, 3D printing, coding for smart phones, and mold making/casting at makerspaces and libraries. Mr. Caluori is the Information Technology Director at WLS.

Morning Breakout Session #3:

Programs for Teens by Teens Panel ~ Jennifer Daddio, Amy Kaplan, Tara Ferretti

Teen librarians discuss their experiences with Teen Advisory Groups (TAG), teen presenters, and teen volunteers. Panelists will address such topics as community outreach, creating relationships with teens, and how to get teens to create their own programming.

Morning Breakout Session #4:

User Experience (UX) Techniques for Staff Engagement ~ presented by Stephan Malcaluso

This presentation will demonstrate some of the UX tools used for staff engagement at Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz. You’ll practice some basic UX strategies you can use at your own library, including a card sort, a dream catcher and a simple journey study. 

Keynote Speaker

How the Books We Read Shape Our Lives

Pamela Paul will discuss her new memoir, "My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues" and the role that what we read plays in how we each construct our own life stories. She will also talk about about how The New York Times Book Review works and the history and future of books coverage at The Times as it looks to readers in the digital era. 

Afternoon Breakout Session #5:

We’re Here to Serve ~ presented by Earl Miller

A discussion of public service to culturally diverse communities by Earl Miller, who has served as a member of the Nyack College administration for eighteen years and currently works as Executive Director of Corporate Community Relations. His experiences as a professional include extensive urban and international experiences with projects in Mexico City, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Hawaii, Kiev Ukraine and Beirut Lebanon. 

Afternoon Breakout Session #6:

Logic Models for Grant Writing ~ presented by Paul Mastrodonato

This topic will provide an overview of how your organization can outline and plan programs and develop winning strategies to show funders why your organization deserves their support using logic models.

Afternoon Breakout Session #7:

Effective Use of Social Media ~ presented by Katie Beckmann

A presentation on social media for nonprofits by public relations professional, web designer, and digital marketer, Katie Beckmann. 

Afternoon Breakout Session #8

Brave New World: Rethinking Circulation ~ presented by Stephanie Harrison and Erica Freudenberger

A panel discussion of the MidHudson Library System’s Increasing Circulation Incubator Project. The project focused on three areas (weeding, displays, and collection development) and challenged all of the participating libraries to increase circulation of the adult fiction collection by 5%. Find out the motivation behind the initiative, the goals of the project, and what really happened.


LARC wishes to acknowledge Ian Prastien and The Binder Agency for partial sponsorship of the breakfast at our 2017 Conference.

All eight (8) of the 2017 Conference Breakout Sessions qualify for continuing education credit.


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