2016 Long Island Library Conference – CATS Program – Makerspaces on a Budget

Title:                     Makerspaces on a Budget, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Location:              Salons 11, 12 
Arranger(s):        Nick Tanzi
Many libraries are interested in starting a makerspace, but are deterred by the costs involved. In this program, we’ll discuss cost saving measures, free and inexpensive options and methods of maximizing your investment.
Speakers:
Chris DeCristofaro: Adult Services/Technology Librarian, Sachem Public Library
Nick Tanzi: Head of Digital Services, Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library
Bob Johnson: Manager of Information and Technology Services, Emma S. Clark Memorial Library

Let’s Talk Tech: Device Lending at Your Library, April 19, 2016

From tablets to GPS devices . . . libraries are lending tech! Discover what your fellow libraries are up to and how you can get started doing the same!
CATS (the Computer and Technical Services Division of SCLA) is pleased to offer a program on lending various tech devices to your patrons. Register using this link: https://goo.gl/vODbuK

 

This meeting will take place at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library onTuesday, April 19, 9:30 coffee, 10:00 a.m. meeting. CEUs will be awarded! All are welcome!
For directions to Emma Clark Library: https://goo.gl/maps/zJB3zNpwAcM2

 Device Flyer

CATS Device Lending Flyer

April 7th TIF meeting – Hampton Library

The April TIF meeting will be held on Thursday April 7th (9:30 refreshments and 10:00 meeting) at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, New York.

This month’s topic for discussion is going to center around the evolution of libraries into community centers and what role Information Technology plays in that evolution.   Bring your ideas and thoughts to this lively discussion.

Hope to see you all there!!

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Technology Information Forum – March 2016 – Longwood Library

The next Technology Information Forum will be March 3rd (9:30 for coffee and 10am for the meeting) at the newly renovated Longwood Public Library! This month we are going to talk about the Patron/Librarian Tango: the One on One Tech Dance!!  We will also be treated to a tour of the new Longwood Facility.  Hope to see many of you there!

TIF Meeting – February 4, 2016 – East Islip Public Library

This month’s Technology Information meeting will be held onFebruary 4th, 9:30 refreshments and 10am meeting.  This month our meeting will take place at the East Islip Public Library, and we thank them for their hospitality.  This month’s topic will be “In the Age of Google, does the Library get Shelved”.  We will be discussing this topic based on an article written by Steve Barker from the Wall Street Journal in January of this year.  We will also have a round table discussion regarding issues and questions you may have in your respective libraries.

DIRECTIONS TO EAST ISLIP PUBLIC LIBRARY:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/East+Islip+Public+Library/@40.7358001,-73.1755359,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e8338949a41f37:0x60d81b56a4cb6efc

So please mark your calendars and come join us!!

TIF (Technology Information Forum) Meeting – January 7, 2016 – Sachem Public Library

Happy New Year!  We hope that everyone’s holidays were wonderful!  We will be having our next Technology Information Forum (TIF) meeting at the Sachem Public Library on January 7th (9:30 coffee,10am meeting).

This month we will have a presentation by Alex Boris who will demonstrate various sites to teach coding to YA patrons.  Alex has a unique perspective working with young adults because he is a computer science major at Stony Brook University.  In addition to Alex’s presentation, we will discuss how to utilize the staff’s special skills and talents to further the library’s goals.  We will also have a round table discussion. So bring your issues to the table and see what colleagues can suggest!

TIF MEETING:
Where: Sachem Public Library
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When: 9:30 coffee, 10am meeting
Hope to see everyone there!!

CATS Annual Meeting – Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Please join us . . .

Location: SCLS Auditorium
Refreshments provided
Guest Speaker: Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project

Description:
Join Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project on an adventure of laughs, thrills, and an opportunity to experiment and build with some of the latest and greatest gadgets in the market place.  This workshop will guide you through the whys and hows of building environments that allow creativity through the use of innovative technology. At the end of this session, you will be building circuits, programming robots, and more, during this jam packed information and hands on session.  There will be something for everyone at this event and will leave you with new ideas that you can implement the very next day in your library.

About Brian Pichman:
Brian Pichman is the Director of Strategic Innovation at the Evolve Project. He speaks a lot about innovative technology as a presenter and loves collaborating with both libraries and companies. He is dedicated to bring libraries into the future using cost effective measures and strategies. Brian’s passion for libraries stems from when he worked in public library since he was 16 years old; and moved from Page to Circulation to Director of IT before re-designing the entire children’s library by partnering with innovative tech start-ups which sparked one of the first ever virtual tour of a public library done by Google.  From here, he launched his career into collaborating with start-ups and helping them grow by partnering them with libraries.

Brian also has a Masters in Informational Security and loves to share best practices on everything IT related, as well as on building effective teams, exploring funding alternatives, designing new spaces, and improving marketing and outreach.

About Evolve Project:
The Evolve Project is a collaborative platform that works with libraries across the country. The Evolve Project believes that libraries should be creating stories rather than just providing them.

They help libraries create maker spaces and fablabs along with the coaching and guidance to take their environments to the next level. Libraries are community anchors which should be positioned to provide the resources and connections to allow patrons to build innovative works, discover new things, and collaborate with others.

By partnering with start-ups that have interactive and engaging technologies and integrating those products into library environments; everyone can start building towards a better tomorrow within their communities.