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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.

CATS Board 2013 Nominations

CATS Board 2013

VP/President Elect

James Matias
Middle Country Public Library


Eileen DeSimone
Long Island University/Brentwood campus
Eileen DeSimone is an experienced librarian, manager, and educator who is recognized for her leadership, innovation in information literacy and research. Eileen is a graduate of LIU Post and earned her MLS in 2005. She earned a BS degree in education from Dowling college in 1995 and taught in a classroom for over ten years. Eileen is currently the part time reference and instructional librarian at LIU Brentwood campus library.  She was formerly a librarian at TOURO College in Bay Shore where she was responsible for collection, circulation, research, information literacy, training on library systems, handling the weekly & monthly statistical reports, and information retrieval.  Eileen previously managed project services at public schools and public community offices. Eileen spent a good deal of time seeking innovative ways to cope with budget crunches. She ran her father’s construction business for several years during his illness, writes on environment for the juvenile collection (unpublished), enjoys reading about home construction and remodeling, and assists her husband cooking delicious Italian meals.  Eileen also held numerous volunteer positions within and out of libraries where she held the treasurer position in 2004 and 2005 for SSLMA. Other volunteer work includes programs such as Canine Companions and presentations on training and career development for high school students transitioning to college.  “My goal is to find ways that libraries can generate funds to do more with less” I am happy to be nominated for the treasury position for CATS and will do a superb job while in office.


Nicole Turzillo
Westhampton Free Library
Nicole has spent the last seven years as a Technical Services Department Head.  In addition to serving on the CATS Board as a Member at Large, she is currently a member of the PALS Technical Advisory Committee representing the Acquisitions Module.  She would be honored to serve the CATS Division as the Secretary.

Members at Large (8)

Tom Cohn
Huntington Public library

Paul Zukowski
Riverhead Free Library
Paul has gained his appreciation of library resources and services from his time spent working at Patchogue-Medford Library. Paul is a recent graduate of Queens College and is currently working in the Reference Department at Riverhead Free Library. He looks forward to working on a variety of projects while gaining valuable experience in the CATS division of SCLA.

Min Liu
Min Liu is member of SCLA since 1994 and has selected CATS as her primary division under SCLA since day one.  Min strongly believes sharing of our expertise and collaborating in implementing new technologies would empower us to advance as a group.

Xibe Solis
Brentwood Public Library

Danielle Zubiller
Westhampton Free Library
Director Westhampton Free Library.  Worked in libraries 21 years, passion for technology and digital literacy.

Bob Johnson
Emma S. Clark

Dominic Iadicicco

Kelly Harris                                               
Kelly Harris is the Director of the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. She has over 15 years of Library experience working in all departments of the Library.