Technology Information Forum – Guest Speaker – Kelvin Watson – Queens Library and More… June 5, 2014 – SCLS

Hi Folks,
The CATS division of SCLA and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System will be hosting a guest speaker for the June Technology Information Forum Meeting. Our guest speaker will be Kelvin Watson of the Queens Library in NY. Mr. Watson will be speaking on his experience in the development of a lending program for the 5000 Google Nexus tablets they received through the Hurricane Sandy grant initiative. Queens Library patrons are able to borrow the tablets, with specifically chosen applications, for a maximum four month stretch. Come hear his first hand experience, pros, cons and best practices in launching this fantastic program!
Additional agenda items:
Ruth Westfal will lead a discussion regarding the Sierra implementation process, a rough timeline and Q&A on what we know so far. Any other questions can be researched and responded to at a later time.
Louis DeRobertis will lead a discussion regarding a new, inexpensive solution for an OPAC.
Brief bio of our guest speaker:

Kelvin Watson is the Director of E-Content Services and Strategy at Queens Library. His primary responsibilities have been to move Queens Library’s e-book initiatives forward, along with developing other digitally-delivered content in English and other languages.
Before coming to Queens, Kelvin served as the Branch Head, Acquisitions & Collection Development at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Maryland. In that role, he directed the formulation of current and long-range national resource collection policies, plans and programs, and coordinated those efforts within the organizational units of NAL and other Government agencies, land-grant institutions and related organizations, and managed a materials budget over $4,000,000.
Prior to accepting his position with the National Agricultural Library he was the Director of Business Development for The Library Corporation, a library automation company, and was the product owner for the Online Selection Assistant. Prior to TLC, he held several leadership roles in sales and marketing with Borders Group, Inc. At Ingram Book Group/Ingram Library Services, Kelvin held leadership roles in sales, marketing, collection development, warehouse management (logistics) and library technical services. Kelvin has also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Active US Army and Army Reserves.
Kelvin has a BS in Business Administration and a Minor in Military Science from Lincoln University (MO). He also has his Masters Library Science from North Carolina Central University. Kelvin is an ALA, AASL, and RUSA Spectrum Scholar. He was profiled in Black Issues Book Review Jan/Feb 2006 Issue as one of the “Influential African Americans in the Book Industry” and is also a member of Parkway School District (MO) High School Alumni Hall of Fame – Class of 2006. .
Details are as follows:
What: Technology Information Forum June 2014 Meeting
When: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Where: Suffolk Cooperative Library System – Auditorium
Time: 9:30am coffee – 10am Meeting
Hope to see you all there!!!
Robert G. Johnson
Manager of Information and Technology Services
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
120 Main Street
Setauket, NY 11733

Long Island Library Conference Followup

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Congratulations to Erin Schaarschmidt from the Port Jefferson Free Library for winning our iPad mini at the Long Island Library Conference.

We are also posting presentations from the conference for those who missed our programs.





LILC_2014 Bob Johnson

lilc2014 Ellen Druda

IT vs Librarians Stephen Ingram

LILC2014 PPT Ted Gutmann

RDA PRINCIPLES Natalia Tomlin,

IT vs. Librarians Long Island Library Conference 2014


IT vs Librian flyer

Program Title: IT vs. Librarians
Time: 9:00-10:00
Salons:  7, 8, 9 &10

There is a long standing belief that IT staff and Librarians are two departments separated by different languages. Join us as we help determine where these two departments are heading and if they can head there together.

Speakers:  Bob Johnson, Manager of Information and Technology, Emma S. Clark Library,  Ellen Druda, Internet Services Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Stephen Ingram, Computer Librarian, Northport-East Northport Public Library, Ted Gutmann, Director, Emma S. Clark Memorial Library

Arranger:  Stephen Ingram, Northport-East Northport Public Library

CATS Annual Library Tour Friday April 25th

CATS-Tour-2014The Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association, a Regional Chapter of the New York Library Association invites you to join us on our library tour.

We will be visiting:

Touro Law School in Central Islip  — Please note that no outside food is allowed on the Touro Law campus, but refreshments will be provided.

Smithtown Library’s main building in Smithtown

Smithtown Library’s Nesconset branch in Nesconset

Please join us for all or any portion of the tour. 

CATS Tour 2014 Flyer

Please RSVP to so that we know how many to expect.


Chromebox OPAC Settings

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ChromeBox OPAC Instructions

Guide to setting up a Google Chromebox as an OPAC courtesy of Melanie Hedgespeth of the Salinas Public Library, as presented by Eric Cohen of JJML at the TIF meeting on 4/3/2014.

Melanie’s document contains a long list of Blacklist exceptions because she allows patrons to use the Chromebox for other library-related purposes in addition to accessing the catalog. Also her list has exeptions for her catalog, not the PALS catalog. If you would like to set up a your Chromebox as a more traditional (and limited) OPAC with access to the PALS catalog, use the following for your Blacklist extensions:

Of course, this list may be modifies to suit your needs.

 Address questions to Eric at or Melanie at

CATS Technology Information Forum Meeting – April 3, 2014 – East Islip Public Library

Hi Folks,
It’s time for our April 2014 TIF Meeting.
Anthony Martocello will be discussing the process of setting up a MinecraftEDU Server. The good, the bad and everything in between, Anthony will share his knowledge of the ever expanding Minecraft World.
We will also have a lively discussion on what libraries are doing to support the use of mobile devices. We will go over how both staff and public users can benefit from having access to this type of technology. From setting up a simple mobile technology display to featured library applications, we’ll compare our experiences with everything mobile.
We will conclude our meeting with a discussion regarding mobile patron printing. Many libraries have setup the ability for patrons to print from their own portable devices. Come learn and share your thoughts on this exciting extension of patron service.
Details are as follows:
What: April 2014 Technology Information Forum Meeting (CATS division)
When: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Where: East Islip Public Library
Time: 9:30am coffee 10am Meeting
Host: Jason Terhune
Hope to see you all there!
Bob Johnson
Manager of Information and Technology Services
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
120 Main Street
Setauket, NY 11733

New Resource Description and Access (RDA) Group Meets March 26th

Do the letters “RDA” put you in a panic? If so, you might need a little cataloging therapy with our new RDA Interest Group!

Join us for our first meeting on March 26th from 10:00 to 12:00 (refreshments at 9:30!) at the Selden Branch of the Middle Country Public Library, 575 Middle Country Road. We will discuss concerns and questions about the new RDA cataloging standard.

Bring your real-life examples of how RDA is puzzling you, and learn how your colleagues are putting RDA into practice.

Hosted by the Computer and Technical Services (CATS) division of SCLA.

RSVP to Lisa Bitran at