Category Archives: Technology Information Forum (TIF)

TIF Meeting May 11th Joint Nassau/Suffolk Tech Round table

Thursday May 11th, we are having our second joint Nassau/Suffolk technology round table.  It was a great success 2 years ago so we thought we would bring it back.  Bring your questions, share your stories and see how they do it on the “OTHER SIDE” of the border!

Coffee, tea and refreshments at 9:30 and 10am for the meeting.  Whether you are an Information Technology Professional, Librarian, Clerk or a person interested in technology, consider joining us at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library in Dix Hills.

Directions to the Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Technology Information Forum,Thursday May 12, 2016

The Thursday May 12th Technology Information Forum (TIF) will take place at the Quogue Public Library.  See the link below for directions.  We will discuss how to help patrons with their mobile devices.  Whether helping with a library related product or not, come and share your experiences and strategies with the group.

Quogue Public Library

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!

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!!!

Technology Information Forum – Guest Speaker – Kelvin Watson – Queens Library and More… June 5, 2014 – SCLS

Hi Folks,
The CATS division of SCLA and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System will be hosting a guest speaker for the June Technology Information Forum Meeting. Our guest speaker will be Kelvin Watson of the Queens Library in NY. Mr. Watson will be speaking on his experience in the development of a lending program for the 5000 Google Nexus tablets they received through the Hurricane Sandy grant initiative. Queens Library patrons are able to borrow the tablets, with specifically chosen applications, for a maximum four month stretch. Come hear his first hand experience, pros, cons and best practices in launching this fantastic program!
Additional agenda items:
Ruth Westfal will lead a discussion regarding the Sierra implementation process, a rough timeline and Q&A on what we know so far. Any other questions can be researched and responded to at a later time.
Louis DeRobertis will lead a discussion regarding a new, inexpensive solution for an OPAC.
Brief bio of our guest speaker:

Kelvin Watson is the Director of E-Content Services and Strategy at Queens Library. His primary responsibilities have been to move Queens Library’s e-book initiatives forward, along with developing other digitally-delivered content in English and other languages.
Before coming to Queens, Kelvin served as the Branch Head, Acquisitions & Collection Development at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Maryland. In that role, he directed the formulation of current and long-range national resource collection policies, plans and programs, and coordinated those efforts within the organizational units of NAL and other Government agencies, land-grant institutions and related organizations, and managed a materials budget over $4,000,000.
Prior to accepting his position with the National Agricultural Library he was the Director of Business Development for The Library Corporation, a library automation company, and was the product owner for the Online Selection Assistant. Prior to TLC, he held several leadership roles in sales and marketing with Borders Group, Inc. At Ingram Book Group/Ingram Library Services, Kelvin held leadership roles in sales, marketing, collection development, warehouse management (logistics) and library technical services. Kelvin has also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Active US Army and Army Reserves.
Kelvin has a BS in Business Administration and a Minor in Military Science from Lincoln University (MO). He also has his Masters Library Science from North Carolina Central University. Kelvin is an ALA, AASL, and RUSA Spectrum Scholar. He was profiled in Black Issues Book Review Jan/Feb 2006 Issue as one of the “Influential African Americans in the Book Industry” and is also a member of Parkway School District (MO) High School Alumni Hall of Fame – Class of 2006. .
Details are as follows:
What: Technology Information Forum June 2014 Meeting
When: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Where: Suffolk Cooperative Library System – Auditorium
Time: 9:30am coffee – 10am Meeting
Hope to see you all there!!!
Robert G. Johnson
Manager of Information and Technology Services
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
120 Main Street
Setauket, NY 11733

Long Island Library Conference Followup

Raffle Photo winner


Congratulations to Erin Schaarschmidt from the Port Jefferson Free Library for winning our iPad mini at the Long Island Library Conference.

We are also posting presentations from the conference for those who missed our programs.





LILC_2014 Bob Johnson

lilc2014 Ellen Druda

IT vs Librarians Stephen Ingram

LILC2014 PPT Ted Gutmann

RDA PRINCIPLES Natalia Tomlin,

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