Library Association of Rockland County

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

Stronger Together: The 2019 LARC Conference

  • 12 Apr 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Crestview Conference Center, 440 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY
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Registration is closed

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 LARC Conference will be held at the Crestview Conference Center in West Nyack, NY.  This elegant state-of-the-art venue has limited space so we are offering full-day registration only.

Early bird registration:  March 1-15, 2019 -- CLOSED
Regular registration: 
March 16-29, 2019

Registration limit reached!  Waiting list now available.
Please make checks payable to LARC and mail or put in delivery to Suffern Free Library, 210 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY 10901, Attn: Nancy Wendt.


 8:30 am - 2:30 pm  Registration Table Open
 8:30 - 10:00 am  Breakfast
 10:15 - 11:45 am  Morning Breakout Sessions
 12 noon - 1:00 pm  Lunch*
 1:00 - 2:00 pm  Keynote Speaker
 2:00 pm  Book Signing
 2:30 - 4:00 pm  Afternoon Breakout Sessions

* Lunch is a buffet with vegetarian options.  Please note that foods are not prepared in an allergen free environment.  If you require a Kosher meal, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Morning Breakout Session #1:

Raising Digitally Responsible Youth ~ Scott Salotto, Director of Communications and Governmental Relations, and Jennifer Mirmelstein, Communication Specialist, Rockland BOCES

Snapchat this? Instagram that?  Twitch, Roblox and TikTok:  Mom, I want to be a YouTube star!

This presentation will focus on all things digital that your kids are talking about. Your child has now entered into their digital media lives, where device ownership doubles, video game use explodes and the world of social media and hypertexting is ubiquitous.  Learn how parents can lead the charge as digital role models and help their child develop a strong digital citizenship foundation, while reminding them that their digital footprint is a reflection of their real and online selves.

Morning Breakout Session #2:

Stronger Collections With Data ~ Casey Conlin, Library Sustainability Coordinator, and Robert Drake, Technology Operations Manager, Mid-Hudson Library System

Data-driven collection development doesn't have to be a drag. Casey Conlin and Robert Drake are known for their humor. They will inspire you to find the valuable information your ILS is filled with. Learn what items in your library’s collection are being used and not used by your patrons. We’ll review some reports you can run back at your library, and actions you can take based on our findings.

Morning Breakout Session #3:

Sustainable Thinking in Libraries: Start Now! ~ Claudia Depkin, Director, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library

Learn what Sustainable Thinking really means and how you and your library can rise to the challenge of working with your stakeholders to create a community that is environmentally sensitive, fiscally responsible and socially equitable.

Morning Breakout Session #4:

#Bienvenido  #Welcome  #LibrariesAreForEveryone ~ Grace Riaro, Assistant Director & Outreach Coordinator, Ramapo Catskill Library System

The Twitter tagline above is what the New York Library Association (NYLA) uses to advocate for libraries. Are we welcoming to the Latino population? What are we doing to attract them? Together, we will discuss the Pew Research key findings and the reasons why it is essential that libraries work with Latinos. We will explore strategies to engage Spanish-speaking communities and provide excellent customer services when they walk into our libraries as we share our outreach successes. 

Keynote Speaker: 

Josh Hanagarne, author of The World's Strongest Librarian
Note: Mr. Hanagarne's presentation will be followed by a book signing.  Books can be purchased for $15 during registration.  Books will be sold for $20 at the conference. 

Afternoon Breakout Session #5:

Successful Collaboration in Youth Services ~ Amy Chesman and Kathy Bachor, New City Library

Collaboration is defined as two or more people working together to reach a common goal or outcome. As librarians, our common goal is to ensure that every family has a positive and enjoyable experience when visiting the library. This may involve finding a book, using a computer, or participating in a program. We will be discussing best practices including how we work together to develop and maintain programs for children and families at the New City Library.

Afternoon Breakout Session #6:

Social Strength: Using Instagram to Build a Community ~ Courtney Wimmers, Social Media & Outreach Specialist

Attendees will learn Instagram tips and tricks to help successfully promote their library to their community, as well as why a library’s Instagram account is important even though it may not produce traditionally measurable impacts. They will also hear about how Instagram played a crucial role in strengthening the community of Pleasant Valley after the town's library had a fire.

Afternoon Breakout Session #7:

Cultivating Empathy in Library Services ~ Lauren Banks, Nanuet Public Library, and Carina Genova, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library

Empathy is the ability to share another’s feelings. Gain a framework for situating empathy within library services, explore the wider social context affecting our patrons, and practice cultivating empathy.  (Adapted from 2018 NYLA Presenters: Ilka Datig, Nazareth College and Miranda Stefano, Hillside Children’s Center). 

Afternoon Breakout Session #8

Before Disaster Strikes: Creating a Library Disaster Plan ~ Jennifer Cohen, Suffern Free Library

The time to come up with a detailed plan on how your library would respond to a disaster shouldn’t be after a crisis actually strikes. Fortunately, there are steps libraries can take to make sure they have a solid plan to work with in the event of a disaster. At this session, a librarian involved in creating a disaster “packet plan” will walk you through the steps necessary to create a plan that works for your library.


  • All of the Conference Breakout Sessions qualify for continuing education credit.
  • Each year LARC awards scholarships to individuals who are pursuing a Library Science degree.  Cash donations can be made during the conference to help fund these scholarships.


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