Category Archives: Meetings

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!

Cataloging Roundtable Discussion Results from March 29th Meeting

Among the topics discussed were:

Correct way to catalog two novels in one volume, e.g., A Temporary Wife, A Promise of Spring?

How to assign Place of Publication for self-published CDs (e.g.,Panic of Girls)?

Correct way to assign pagination in the the 300 field?

How do we type symbols over foreign names?

How do we catalog games (e.g., Deluxe Wooden Chess Set)

What do you do if a title has a word crossed out as a joke (e.g., The diva code : Miss Piggy on life, love, and the 10,000 idiotic things

men frogs do).

The Roundtable is intended as a free and open exchange of ideas on best practices in cataloging. We do not make cataloging policy for PALS, SCLA, or any other library or consortium, what we do is solve cataloging problems we encounter in our day-to-day endeavors through application of AACR2, the fledgling RDA, MARC, and other cataloging standards. We’ve been holding forth since 2005.

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday, October 30th.

Tablet Lending and Public Use Discussion @ SCLS – Thursday – January 12, 2012

This is the mobility meeting you have all been waiting for!!! Come and hear best practices, what worked, what didn’t work, and how one of the island’s leading libraries has instituted tablet lending for in-house public use. Ask the questions you have always wondered about and get some refreshingly new ideas on how this technology can be used in a public library setting.

How NSPL has integrated iPads into their collection. The Children’s Reference and Adult’s Reference departments at NSPL have recently started loaning out iPads in-house to patrons. Come see the reasons why they did it, what pitfalls they encountered and how they were addressed. What’s to come in the future for mobile computing in libraries?

We will be discussing cost, staff involvement, durability, security, and more… 

Ruth Westfall, Administrator for Technology Services at SCLS, will also be discussing and demonstrating the Live-brary mobile app. 

Where: Suffolk Cooperative Library System
When: Thursday, January 12, 2012
Time: 9:30 coffee 10 am Meeting


Hope to see you all there!!!


Cats Annual Library Tour on June 17

Join the Computer and Technical Services Division of SCLA for our Annual Library Tour on June 17!

Take a look behind the scenes of an a public and an academic library, see the challenges they face and the technology they utilize. Talk with creative professional staff and learn how each library fulfills the various needs of their patrons.

We’ll be touring St. Joseph’s College Callahan Library in Patchogue and Sayville Public Library. We’ll start our tour at St Joseph’s College, 155 West Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, NY 11772, at 10am.

After lunch on your own, join us at the Sayville Library, 88 Greene Ave Sayville, New York 11782 from 2pm-4pm.

Technology Information Forum – Staff Intranets

The TIF minutes from the March 4th meeting @ East Islip library have been approved.

The agenda from the April 1st, 2010 Technology Information Forum meeting @ East Hampton is available:

We covered designing and creating staff intranets. We were shown examples by Jason Ladick from Connetquot Public Library, Arleen West from East Hampton Library, Eric Cohen from John Jermaine Memorial Library and David Belmonte from Mastic Moriches Shirley.

HANDOUT: Design Considerations & 10 Tips for an Effective Intranet

The next Technology Information Forum meeting will be at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library on Thursday, May 13th.

Technical Services Forum Slideshows/Handouts

The slideshows from the Inventory, Weeding and Collection Development program at Brentwood Public Library have been posted for you to view and/or print.

Inventory Control

Weeding Collections

Weed the Stacks, Harvest the Space

If you attended, we ask that you please fill out and return to us a workshop evaluation survey. A survey can be downloaded and printed from here.