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

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.

Technology Information Forum – Annual Meeting and Gathering – Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thursday, December 3rd at the Connetquot Public Library.

Please join us and bring a friend that may be interested in attending as well. We are looking to see faces that we haven’t seen in quite some time and enjoy having new folks attend as well. The tech forum is open to everyone and we encourage all of you to attend.

We also encourage you folks to bring a dish with you as well. Many of you are fantastic cooks and it shows each year! We will provide the main course and salads. We are looking for dessert, snacks, dips, chips and finger foods. Janet Kowal was nice enough to create a form in which you can submit what you will be bringing to the meeting. If you are a visitor, don’t worry about the food, just enjoy the time with your colleagues.

Submission Form:

We will also have our “secret techie”. Please bring a wrapped gift to participate. The limit is $15 this year. Bring one and get one in return. This has always been a big hit and is a fun way to get a surprise gift! Please note: This is not a requirement to attend.

Once again, please think about attending and bring someone you think may be interested in our group. Collectively, we have made great strides in the technology and information arena. Please continue to help us grow!

What: CATS Technology Information Forum Annual Meeting
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Where: Connetquot Public Library
Time: 10 am Meeting – 11am Lunch

What do you have to remember?
Think about a friend you can bring…
Submit food form (if you can bring something)
Buy a $10 item for “secret techie”


Hope to see you all there!

November TIF Meeting – Thursday, November 5th – Brentwood Public Library

We have a very exciting meeting planned for this Thursday. We will focus primarily on new types of patron programming as well as best practices in creating how-to guides for digital services.
Dominic Iadicicco will lead us in a demonstration and discussion on the Hour of Code series of programs he has been hosting at the South Country Library. Mr. Iadicicco has seen great success and attendance with these monthly programs. The primary focus is to learn how to code in easy self-guided steps. The attendees create apps, greeting cards, animations and more.
Nick Tanzi will lead us in a discussion on best practices for digital services how-to guides. Under Mr. Tanzi’s direction as Head of Digital Services , the Mastic Moriches Shirley Community Library has created and distributed relevant how-to guides for their digital services. These guides serve as an always available, single point of self guided instruction for the patrons.
What: CATS Technology Information Forum Meeting
When: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Where: Brentwood Public Library
Address: 34 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
Time: 9:30am coffee 10am meeting


October TIF Meeting – Quogue Library – 10/1/15

Join us at the Quogue Library where we will have a discussion on hosting a Lan Party at your library. Dave Jones and Walter Pesce of the Westhampton Free Library will lead us in a discussion on hosting a Lan Party at your library.
What: October 2015 – Technology Information Forum Meeting
Where: The Quogue Library
When: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time: 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting
Host: Russ Weisenbacher


Agenda: Hosting a Lan Party!

What equipment do you need? How long should it last? Do you provide internet access?  Dave Jones and Walter Pesce will answer these questions and go over the pros and cons of offering technology-based programs along with the knowledge of their 10+ years of hosting them.

Guest speakers: Dave Jones & Walter Pesce of the Westhampton Free Library

Hope to see you all there!!!

September 2015 – Technology Information Forum Meeting

Where: The Smithtown Library – Main Building
When: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time: 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting
Host: Chris DeCristofaro


Agenda: Attracting the Lost Demographic
Join us at the Smithtown Library where we will have a discussion regarding attracting 20 and 30 something patrons. Library use by this demographic declines after people complete their educations and they do not traditionally return to the library until they start to have children. How do we attract this demographic after they complete school and before they start a family? What technology can we offer to attract this group of people?
Guest speaker: Chris DeCristofaro
The Smithtown Library will also offer a demonstration of their “Learn Lab” computer training center.
Hope to see you all there!!!