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

CATS Technology Information Forum – Patron Education Meeting – February 6, 2014 – Quogue Library

Hi Folks,
It’s time for our February 2014 TIF Meeting. We will be continuing our discussion on staff and patron education from the January Meeting. This will include a presentation from our friends at the Longwood Public Library, Chris DeCristofaro and Melanie Cardone. Chris and Melanie will be discussing the successful evolution of the iphone / ipad classes they host for their patrons. From inception to a full blown series of classes, the success and feedback have been tremendous.
Join us as we learn about the benefits, challenges and best practices of successfully training the public. Handouts will be made available to guide you in building your own course of programs for your patrons.
Details are as follows:
What: February 2014 Technology Information Forum Meeting
When: February 6, 2014
Where: Quogue Library
Time: 9:30am coffee 10am Meeting
Host: Russ Weisenbacher
Special note (Directions and Parking):
The Quogue Library is located at 90 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY. When searching by name, some GPS devices will send you to the Quogue School. Please use the library’s physical address instead. (Thanks Russ!)
Detailed directions:
Sunrise Hwy (Rte 27) east to Exit 65 South.
Take County Route 104 all the way until it ends in a “T” with County Route 80 (Montauk Hwy).
Make a RIGHT onto County Route 80 (Montauk Hwy).
At the big bend in the road, make a LEFT onto Quogue Street.
Go about 1/2 mile, the library is on the right.  You can park on either side of the road.
Enter through front door, and head to the back room (Shinnecock Room).
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

CATS Program: IT vs Librarians

Cats-ITvsLibrarianThe Computer and Technical Services division of SCLA/NYLA will present

IT vs Librarians

At the Brentwood Public Library
December 10th 2013

10 am to 12 pm

Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 am

All are welcome

There is a longstanding belief that IT staff and Librarians are two departments separated by a different language. Join us for the CATS annual meeting to help determine where these two departments are heading, and if they can head there together.

Presenters Elled Druda (Internet Service Librarian), Bob Johnson (Manager of Information and Technology Services) and Stephen Ingram (Computer Librarian) will lead a presentation and panel discussion.