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A Big Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our first ever CATS/TIF Technology Petting Zoo event at SCLS! We hope you enjoyed the program and learned something new for yourself and your library! The program was a success with over 40 attendees and 10 libraries exhibiting their technology and services. We hope to expand upon this program next year!
Check out some great photos from the event here

Tour of Stony Brook University’s iCREATE Innovation Lab April 17 (Program Is Full)

CATS iCREATE Tour 4-17-19

Join CATS (The Computer and Technical Services division of SCLA) for a tour of Stony Brook University’s iCREATE Lab. In addition to touring the lab, attendees can also participate in a fun interactive activity.  Earn CEU credits for attending this program.  iCREATE is a collection of spaces that are designed to facilitate all stages of innovation, think 3D printers, laser engravers, sewing machines, VR systems and more!

  • Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • We will meet in the lobby of the Stony Brook University Administration Building.  Attendees should park in the main Administration Parking Garage. Click here for directions: 
  • This Program Is Now Full

2019 CATS Executive Board

President:  Nicole Parisi, Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library
VP: Alison Mirabella, Longwood Public Library
Treasurer:  Michael Bartolomeo, Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library
Secretary:  Sylvia Maurer, Mastics Moriches Shirley Community Library
Past President: Stephen Burg, Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library

Members at Large (8)
Chris DeCristofaro, Sachem Public Library
Debbie Antolini, Middle Country Public Library
Anthony Bliss, Sachem Public Library
James Hansen, Smithtown Public Library
Janet Kowal, Connetquot Public Library
Jesse Reinard, Connetquot Public Library
Nick Tanzi, South Huntington Public Library
Paul Zukowski, The Hampton Library

October 5, 2017 – TIF (Technology Information Forum) Meeting

October’s TIF meeting will take place at The John Jermain Library in Sag Harbor on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Jesse Reinard from the Connetquot Library will be discussing the implementation and success of his Raspberry Pi/Retro Pi program.  Additionally, Eric Cohen from John Jermain will show us his new facility.  Remember it’s 9:30 for coffee and refreshments and 10am for the meeting.  If you can’t make the meeting, we will stream it on the TIF facebook page as well. Hope to see everyone there.

I also wanted to mention that next month (Can November be around the corner already?) we are holding another joint Nassau/Suffolk technology meeting with NCLA.  This meeting will be at the Smithtown Library’s King’s Park Branch.  So bring your success stories, setbacks and maybe even bring in some tech to show off!!  That meeting is a “don’t miss”.
Directions to John Jermain Memorial LIbrary:

TIF Meeting,Thursday October 6th at Half Hollow Hills

This month’s Technology Information Forum will be held on Thursday October 6, 2016 at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library in Dix Hills, 9:30 for coffee and 10am for meeting. This month, in light of the release of IOS 10, the discussion will be centered around the level of assistance information technology and librarians provide regarding updating devices for patrons.  Do you go “all in” or do you have a handout, or are you strictly hands off?  Lets talk about updates on electronic devices, whether its phones, tablets, laptops or other devices (yes even GPS devices).

Also a topic for conversation, what do you do with your old technology?  Once computers, monitors, keyboards and/or projectors are upgraded, how does your library dispose of them.  Lets talk about how each library goes about this and think of creative ways to repurpose this technology.

Additionally, we always welcome questions and comments for the group with problems, suggestions, innovations and other input from the group. Come join us, won’t you?

Directions to the Half Hollow Hills Community Library: