LILPA’s Coming Out Meet Up – Oct. 8th

 

Good afternoon,

Please join us for Long Island Library Pride Alliance’s first meeting! Meet the co-chairs, hear about our goals, and play a virtual “escape the closet” game. All are welcome! For more information, including how to register, see the attached flyer.

Register here

Thank you and be well,

-Derek

Derek Ivie
SCLA Co-chair
Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA)

2020 SCLA Scholarship: Preparing New Librarians

The Suffolk County Library Association offers an academic scholarship to assist an outstanding library school student in subsidizing the cost of their library school education, and to promote the profession by supporting an excellent student pursuing a Library or Information Science Master’s Degree in Suffolk County.
Completed application and all supplemental materials are due to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson by September 1st.
  
 
For more information, please visit the SCLA website’s Awards page, or contact me with any questions.
Thank you.
Emma Lodato
Children’s Librarian
Bayport-Blue Point Public Library
203 Blue Point Ave.
Blue Point, NY  11715
631-363-6133

Happy Pride from the NCLA/SCLA Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA)!

Happy Pride from the NCLA/SCLA Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA)!

At this moment in time, it is more important than ever for queer members of the library community and our allies to stand together and fight for intersectional justice – particularly for our colleagues of color. We have come so far, which is reason to celebrate; but we have a long way to go, and there’s still work to be done. And that is precisely why LILPA was created.

We’re a new joint-county committee that is dedicated to serving both Long Island library professionals and users of libraries, who share an interest in LGBTQIA+ information and/or services. One of our primary goals is to help ensure that libraries have the resources necessary to meet the needs of their queer patrons (regardless of age) and staff members. In doing so, we also hope to provide a forum for discussion, as well as an environment for advocacy and education, regarding the needs of queer library workers and the queer community at large. In addition, we will work to support the free and open access to information, without censorship, for queer individuals and their allies. As we move forward, we’ll be working on resource and book lists, workshops, and other outlets to aid with these goals.

June is indeed Pride month, so let’s start now and continue showing our pride as we confront injustice for all marginalized communities! Please reach out to one the co-chairs below for more information about membership and opportunities for involvement. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate our past, fight for equity in the present, and work towards a better future.

Valerie Acklin                                                 Derek Ivie

valerieacklin@gmail.com                                  derek@suffolknet.org

Jody Ruggiero                                               Nola Thacker

Jruggiero@levittownpl.org                               nolareads@gmail.com           

Co-Chairs/NCLA                                             Co-Chairs/SCLA

A Message from the SCLA Executive Board

In this difficult time, the Suffolk County Library (SCLA) stands firmly with the Black community, as well as the American Library Association (ALA) and countless other professional library associations, in denouncing the senseless loss of Mr. George Floyd and all forms of racism, discrimination, and oppresion.

Our commitment to intellectual freedom and charge of providing full access to knowledge to all members of our communities regardless of race, color, religion, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation is sacrosanct. But there is still much work to be done in the way of forging an all-inclusive society that is not only just non-racist, but staunchly anti-racist.

We must provide the tools for library staff to advocate to the best of our abilities. We must effect change and foster environments where all members of our communities feel accepted, safe and welcomed. As public service information professionals, we have an ongoing responsibility to educate ourselves on how to better understand, represent, and ally ourselves with our diverse colleagues and communities, for that diversity is amongst our greatest strengths. The members of SCLA stand in solidarity, committed to doing our part to make this possible.

Signed,   The Suffolk County Library Association Executive Board 

 

SCLA’s Virtual Trivia Afternoon

Hi Everyone,
We miss you! At our last SCLA executive board meeting, we had a long discussion about networking night and what to do.  Since a traditional networking night is out of the question this year, we thought it would be fun to get together in a non-traditional way, so we put together a trivia afternoon.  A chance to see our library friends and get those competitive juices flowing!
Test your knowledge, grab your favorite snacks and have some fun from home! After registering, you will be emailed a link to join the event.  Click here to register!  We look forward to seeing you!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me individually.

Andrea Malchiodi

Youth Services/Family Engagement Coordinator

Lindenhurst Memorial Library

1 Lee Avenue Lindenhurst, NY 11757

631-957-7755 ext 141

amalchiodi@lindenhurstlibrary.org

Making Space for Self: Wellness Between Service and Productivity

Hello all,
The SCLA Health Concerns Committee is proud to cosponsor along this program along with LILRC, Making Space for Self: Wellness Between Service and Productivity.
In the beginning of this pandemic, we all knew who to look toward for scientific guidance. Now, we are looking for ways to focus our mental health, prioritize our self, and learn to cope with “new normals.” This will be the focus of our committee at this time.
We hope that you will register and join us for this important topic.
All information can be found here: https://www.lilrc.org/event-3490931
We will get through this together.
Regards,
Sal & SCLA Health Concerns Committee

Skype, Facetime and Chatting Online Program from SSD

The SCLA Support Staff Division is hosting an online training program:
Skype, Facetime and Chatting Online conducted by Sharper Training Solutions on May 20th from 1 – 2:30pm.
Please contact Teri Hatred at sclshr@suffolknet.org to register for the program.
Please see attached flyer for more details.
Teri Hatred
Human Resources Officer
Suffolk Cooperative Library System
631-286-1600 x 1314

SCLA – Call for Nominations

Suffolk County Library Association is seeking people who are interested in serving on the 2021 SCLA Executive Board!
Reasons to nominate yourself:
  • No experience necessary! If you are elected, we will train you!
  • Connect with colleagues from across the county
  • Develop hard and soft skills that you will use in your career
Available positions are as follows:
  • Vice President/President Elect (3 years, VP/President/Past President)
  • Secretary (1 year)
  • Member at Large – Membership (2 years)
  • Member at Large – Special Event Coordinator (2 years)
Terms run from December 2020 to December 2021. Interested parties should email me a brief bio, professional-looking photo, and vacancy of interest in filling by Thursday, May 28. Please refer to the attached for further information or email me at alexandra.mercado@sachemlibrary.org.
Please note the correction on one of the Member-at-Large responsibilities.
Best,
Ally

Alexandra Mercado

Librarian II
Library Programs & Newsletter
Sachem Public Library
150 Holbrook Road
Holbrook, NY 11741
(631) 588-5024 ext. 247