Category Archives: TIF

TIF Meeting – March 1st – Longwood Public Library

The next TIF meeting will be held at the Longwood Public Library in Middle Island.  This month Aurora from SCLS will give a live demo of Google Expedition which is a way to teach classes with virtual reality.  This new tool is available through SCLS’s Lending Library.    We will also have our round table discussion after the presentation, so bring your questions to pose to the group.  If you can’t make the meeting, you can still attend virtually because we use Facebook Live to stream the meeting.  And this, along with just about a year’s worth of meetings is available from the TIF page on Facebook.

Location:  Longwood Public Library

Day: Thursday March 1st

Time: 9:30AM refreshments & 10AM meeting

Topic: Google Expeditions

TIF Meeting – February 1, 2018 – Patchogue-Medford Carnegie Building

On February 1st (9:30 for coffee and 10am for meeting), we will be having our TIF meeting at the Patchogue-Medford Carnegie Building.  This month Anthony Bliss from the Sachem Public Library will be discussing drones at the library and demonstrating the innovative way he allows children and teens to fly drones in the library!  We will also have our round table discussion, so bring your victories, defeats and share your knowledge with the group!


Click here, for directions to the Carnegie Library in Patchogue.

Hope to see you there!

CANCELLED – TIF Meeting – Islip Public Library, January 4th, 2018

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  Believe it or not it is time to talk about our January TIF meeting!  We will be meeting at the Islip Public Library on Thursday January 4th 9:30 for coffee and refreshments and 10am for the meeting.  As we usually do for January is to start fresh and have an open round table discussion.  So bring your victories, setbacks and questions for the group.  We all learn so much from these discussions.

Directions to the Islip Public Library.



September TIF Meeting – Sachem Public Library

Our next TIF meeting will be Thursday September 7th, 2017 at  9:30 for coffee and refreshments and 10am for the meeting.  This month, Ruth Westfall from SCLS will join us to talk about The System’s efforts to protect patron privacy.  She will speak about what we can all do as Information Professionals to ensure that patron information is secure.  After a short break, we will then have a round table discussion, so bring your problems, questions, failures and successes to share with the group.

Sachem Public Library
150 Holbrook Rd
Holbrook, NY 11716

RASD/TIF Meeting: September 8 at the Islip Library (9:30am coffee, 10am meeting)

Librarians and IT staff understand the importance of working together.  With our shared knowledge and experience, we can make our libraries an extraordinary place for our patrons.  The CATS TIF committee and the RASD Electronic Resources committee have come together to present a fun program on Thursday September 8 at the Islip Library (9:30am coffee, 10am meeting).  No registration necessary.
Librarian Chris DeCristofaro from the Sachem Library will be demonstrating their new 3D scanner – a top recommended brand different from the ones we’ve seen from Makerbot.  You will see incredible results!  Chris has also arranged for a Skype session with Form Labs, a 3D printer company doing very interesting work.
There will be a discussion on cloud storage – have any libraries gone all cloud?
We will finish with a round-table focusing on our commonalities and shared expectations. Bring your ideas for future programs, ideas for children, teens, and inter-generational activities, and how we can encourage and inspire each other.

TIF Meeting June 9, 2016 at Connetquot Public Library, Learn How To Podcast

The next Technology Information Forum will be held on Thursday, June 9th, 9:30 for refreshments and 10AM meeting.

Learn how to podcast!! We will cover equipment purchasing on a budget, podcast hosting and making life simpler with easy and effective web tools for publishing.  We will have sample equipment that can be used by both staff and patrons.


Hope to see everyone there!!

April 7th TIF meeting – Hampton Library

The April TIF meeting will be held on Thursday April 7th (9:30 refreshments and 10:00 meeting) at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, New York.

This month’s topic for discussion is going to center around the evolution of libraries into community centers and what role Information Technology plays in that evolution.   Bring your ideas and thoughts to this lively discussion.

Hope to see you all there!!,-72.3043697,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e88dd17479c68f:0x1fb36a7ba65d8440

TIF Meeting – February 4, 2016 – East Islip Public Library

This month’s Technology Information meeting will be held onFebruary 4th, 9:30 refreshments and 10am meeting.  This month our meeting will take place at the East Islip Public Library, and we thank them for their hospitality.  This month’s topic will be “In the Age of Google, does the Library get Shelved”.  We will be discussing this topic based on an article written by Steve Barker from the Wall Street Journal in January of this year.  We will also have a round table discussion regarding issues and questions you may have in your respective libraries.

DIRECTIONS TO EAST ISLIP PUBLIC LIBRARY:,-73.1755359,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e8338949a41f37:0x60d81b56a4cb6efc

So please mark your calendars and come join us!!

TIF (Technology Information Forum) Meeting – January 7, 2016 – Sachem Public Library

Happy New Year!  We hope that everyone’s holidays were wonderful!  We will be having our next Technology Information Forum (TIF) meeting at the Sachem Public Library on January 7th (9:30 coffee,10am meeting).

This month we will have a presentation by Alex Boris who will demonstrate various sites to teach coding to YA patrons.  Alex has a unique perspective working with young adults because he is a computer science major at Stony Brook University.  In addition to Alex’s presentation, we will discuss how to utilize the staff’s special skills and talents to further the library’s goals.  We will also have a round table discussion. So bring your issues to the table and see what colleagues can suggest!

Where: Sachem Public Library
When: 9:30 coffee, 10am meeting
Hope to see everyone there!!

Technology Information Forum – Annual Meeting and Gathering – Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thursday, December 3rd at the Connetquot Public Library.

Please join us and bring a friend that may be interested in attending as well. We are looking to see faces that we haven’t seen in quite some time and enjoy having new folks attend as well. The tech forum is open to everyone and we encourage all of you to attend.

We also encourage you folks to bring a dish with you as well. Many of you are fantastic cooks and it shows each year! We will provide the main course and salads. We are looking for dessert, snacks, dips, chips and finger foods. Janet Kowal was nice enough to create a form in which you can submit what you will be bringing to the meeting. If you are a visitor, don’t worry about the food, just enjoy the time with your colleagues.

Submission Form:

We will also have our “secret techie”. Please bring a wrapped gift to participate. The limit is $15 this year. Bring one and get one in return. This has always been a big hit and is a fun way to get a surprise gift! Please note: This is not a requirement to attend.

Once again, please think about attending and bring someone you think may be interested in our group. Collectively, we have made great strides in the technology and information arena. Please continue to help us grow!

What: CATS Technology Information Forum Annual Meeting
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Where: Connetquot Public Library
Time: 10 am Meeting – 11am Lunch

What do you have to remember?
Think about a friend you can bring…
Submit food form (if you can bring something)
Buy a $10 item for “secret techie”


Hope to see you all there!