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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:

SCLA Bylaws Vote – through May 2, 2015

Please vote!

Suffolk County Library Association is updating all association and division by-laws to coincide with our merger as a regional chapter of the New York Library Association.Voting to approve bylaw changes is open NOW through May 2, 2015. Bylaws require a majority membership vote for approval.

A complete list of all bylaws changes is available here:

To vote, click on the “Vote” button.

The next screen will ask for your log-in and password. Your SCLA account information will allow you to login to NYLA’s page. (If needed, you can request your password from the NYLA office.)

Enter your information, then click “Log On”
Click on “Voting – Polls / Elections” from the left-hand menu.
The next screen will display a list of the ballots that you are currently eligible to participate in.
Vote on each eligible ballot separately.
Complete the voting process and click “Submit”.

Your vote is anonymous.  You will only be able to submit your ballot once.

For security purposes, it is recommended that you “log out” of your browser window when you have completed your visit to the NYLA-SCLA website.

If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Membership Chair Lauren Bernat (

Please contact SCLA President Laura Panter with any bylaws questions or concerns (

Stephen-CATS-award-April 2015

At the April 2015 TIF meeting, Stephen Ingram was presented with a plaque for his years of service on the CATS board.  Congratulations Stephen!

TIF Meeting – Thursday, February 5, 2015 – Sachem Public Library

The February Technology Information Forum meeting is scheduled for this Thursday at the Sachem Public Library. Chris DeCrisofaro will be our host and will open up with a lively presentation entitled “Makerspace: It’s more than just a 3D Printer”
Why a makerspace? What is the need for this? Is now the right time? How would a library go about starting this initiative? What would the steps be to logistically roll out a makerspace and see it through to completion? We will have insight into the answers behind these questions and so much more at our next meeting.
Please join us for what promises to be a very lively discussion among your peers and professionals.
What: February 2015 – Technology Information Forum Meeting
Where: The Sachem Public Library
When: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting
Host: Chris DeCristofaro


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,

Chromebox OPAC Settings

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ChromeBox OPAC Instructions

Guide to setting up a Google Chromebox as an OPAC courtesy of Melanie Hedgespeth of the Salinas Public Library, as presented by Eric Cohen of JJML at the TIF meeting on 4/3/2014.

Melanie’s document contains a long list of Blacklist exceptions because she allows patrons to use the Chromebox for other library-related purposes in addition to accessing the catalog. Also her list has exeptions for her catalog, not the PALS catalog. If you would like to set up a your Chromebox as a more traditional (and limited) OPAC with access to the PALS catalog, use the following for your Blacklist extensions:

Of course, this list may be modifies to suit your needs.

 Address questions to Eric at or Melanie at