October’s TIF meeting,Thursday October 4, 2018, East Islip Public Library

October’s TIF meeting will take place Thursday October 4th (9:30 for refreshments and 10am for the meeting) at the East Islip Public Library.

This month we will hold a general discussion “round table”.  Bring your challenges, victories and questions!  There is always an answer when you put enough minds in the room.  Remember, if you can’t make the meeting, we will be streaming on the TIF Facebook page.   Did you miss a meeting, check out our past meeting videos on the TIF Facebook page as well!!  Hope to see you all there!!

Date: Thursday October 4th
Time: 9:30 refreshments, 10am meeting
Place: East Islip Public Library: directions
Topic: Round Table Discussion

September 6,2018 – TIF JOINT NASSAU/SUFFOLK MEETING at Sachem Public Library

We hope that your are enjoying your summer!  We wanted to let everyone know the next TIF meeting will be on September 6th (9:30 for coffee and goodies and 10am for the meeting) at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook NY.  As we usually do, we will have an open forum to ask questions, share victories and setbacks and if you have any cool “toys”, bring them along. If there is any accommodations that are needed, please let us know.  For any interested participants, after the meeting there will be tours of Sachem’s Studio makerspaces.

Tactics for Increasing Privacy and Security, September 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m., SCLS Auditorium

For more information and to register, click here.

Questions? email: help@suffolknet.org

Bex Hong Hurwitz  holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003) and an MA from University of California Berkeley in Information Science (2010). They are currently a Fellow with Data and Society (datasociety.net) in which they are advocating for policy changes to increase safety and security for activists in the digital sphere. They are also a fellow with the Open Technology Fund (opentech.fund) in which they are supporting organizations in the global women’s peace movement.

June TIF Meeting – Connetquot Public Library

The June 7th TIF meeting will take place at the Connetquot Public Library in Bohemia.  This month, Jesse Reinard will demonstrate the effective use of Apple’s software to effectively lock down iPads.  We will also have our round table discussion, so bring your questions and concerns.  Nassau friends, you are always welcome at the meetings as well.  Can’t make the meeting?  No problem.  Just join the Facebook Stream from the TIF Facebook page.

After the June meeting we will take the summer off, but will return on September 6th at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook.  This meeting will be the second of our bi-annual joint Nassau/Suffolk Tech meetings.  So make your plans now!!

Directions to the Connetquot Public Library.


LILC – Together Towards Tomorrow – May 3, 2018

CATS Program at the 2018 Long Island Library Conference:

Fostering Entrepreneurship at the Library through Technology
Speakers: Chris DeCristofaro, Technology Librarian, Sachem Public Library
James Hutter, Technology Librarian/Head of Computer Services, Port Washington Public Library
Nick Tanzi, Assistant Director of Technology Services, Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library
Sponsored bySCLA-CATS and NCLA Computers and Technology Committee

TIF Meeting – May 10, 2018 – Quogue Library

There will be a TIF meeting on Thursday, May 10th, at the Quogue Library (9:30 for coffee and 10am for the meeting).

This month, since there has been a good amount of questions hitting our Google Group (and if you are not a member please email me:

Chris DeCristofaro, chris.decristofaro@sachemlibrary.org

and I will add you to the list) we can have a general round table discussion.  There is no particular subject this month.  Please consider joining us and if you can’t make the trip out to Quogue, you can always join us on the Facebook Live Stream where you can ask questions as we go along.

Directions to the Quogue Library

Tour of Stony Brook University’s iCREATE Innovation Lab – April 4, 2018 (rescheduled date)

The Computer and Technical Services division of SCLA (CATS) has rescheduled the  tour of StonyBrook University’s iCREATE Innovation Lab, for  Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12 p.m.

The Innovation Lab is comprised of three on-campus makerspaces that feature things like vinyl cutters, 3D printers, and green screen and virtual reality technologies. Attendees should park at the Administration Parking Garage.  A student volunteer will be on hand to direct the group from there.
For more information – contact Nicole Parisi, VP CATS,

Joint Nassau Suffolk TIF/NCLA Meeting at Merrick Library – April 5, 2018

April’s TIF meeting will be a joint meeting with our counterparts from NCLA. This is turning into a bi-annual event because we all have the same goals and issues, so why not share! These joint meetings have been a terrific way for us to share knowledge across county borders… Don’t miss out!  Bring your questions, stories and technology victories!
Joint NCLA/SCLA CATSTIF Technology Meeting taking place at the Merrick Library on Thursday, April 5th at 10am.
Some potential discussion items include:
·         Using Software to track patron queries at service desks for state report stats (https://gimlet.us/)
·         Wifi-based patron counters for attendance tracking
·         Use of tablets for ready reference and the demoing of apps like Hoopla, Flipster, Libby, etc.
·         Net Neutrality status
·         Current “flavor of the month” for secure cloud backup of confidential files
·         PLA Conference 2018 Recap – any cool tech stuff mentioned at PLA 2018?
·         Windows 10 and Innovative Interfaces Sierra woes
·         The creation of formal library “Technology Plans”

Directions to The Merrick Library.

 If you can’t make this joint meeting, our next will be in September at the Sachem Public Library.