PR & Marketing Committee and Electronic Resources Committee Meeting, March 30

The RASD PR & Marketing Committee and the Electronic Resources Committee are hoping to have a joint meeting at which we will discuss how to hold a Technology/Database/Electronic Resources/Educational Resources Fair at your library. We are looking for libraries who have already done it or are planning to do so, and if they would like to share their successes and failures at a meeting. It would tentatively be Thursday, March 30th.


Those interested in participating as a speaker should contact Jo-Ann Carhart, Co-Chair of the RASD PR & Marketing Committee

Jo-Ann Carhart, MLS
Head of Adult Services
Librarian III
East Islip Public Library
381 East Main Street
East Islip, NY 11730
Phone (631) 581-9200 x 5
FAX (631) 581-2245

RASD Committees Presenting Programs at the Long Island Library Conference on May 4

RASD joint program with NCLA RASD and SCLA RASD
Title: Are you struggling to promote your online resources?
Description: How hard can it be to get people to use free online resources from the library when patrons are already paying for comparative services? It may be easier than you thought.
If a person gets a library card and begins using the physical space, most libraries have promotional strategies in place to encourage patrons to expand their usage such as signage, promotional materials and recommendations by staff. But when it comes to getting people to use our online resources, too many libraries are frustrated and unsure of what to do. Sure, promoting online services can be a bit more difficult than in-house marketing but it’s possible if you think like your users.
Join Nancy Dowd, as she shares the work her company is doing with 50+ libraries as part of a pilot program that uses emails to get the word out to card holders about their online resources. She’ll discuss the strategies they are using, as well as sharing the results and insights at the time of conference. This session is sure to inspire libraries to relook at the way they are marketing their online resources.
Speaker: Nancy Dowd of EBSCO
3:00 to 4:00 pm in Salons 4,5, 6

Title: Naturalization One-on-One
Description: Curious what it takes to become a U.S. citizen? Join USCIS immigration officer Shyconia Burden to find out the requirements, test and naturalization and what’s involved in the Naturalization process. Q&A to follow.
Speaker(s): Shyconia Burden – USCIS Community Outreach Coordinator
3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Whitman Room.

Health Concerns Committee:
Title: A Candid Look at Autism
Description: This presentation will provide a candid look into what it is like to grow up, live and work with a diagnosis of autism; as presented by the author and illustrator, Michael Werner and aspiring motivational speaker Jonathan Civardi. Both gentlemen offer their personal insight into the world of autism and leave the audience with a clearer understanding of what it means to be a child growing up, as well as an adult with autism, living and working in today’s world. In a candid and engaging manner, Michael describes his childhood through his children’s book “Aspey’s Adventures with Asperger’s”. He clearly articulates his childhood experiences in a way anyone that one can understand his personal struggles while also seeing the similarities of experiences and feelings from of their own childhood memories. Jonathan speaks about lessons learned, life after high school and stepping stones towards future goals he strives toward. Jonathan shares not only his story but a wealth of knowledge of resources for any library professional desiring to offer support to adults on the spectrum, their family and friends who seek to support their loved ones.
Speakers: Michael Werner and Jonathan Civardi
9:00 to 10:00 am in the Whitman Room

Health Concerns Committee:
Title: Barking Up the Right Tree: Animal Assisted Therapy in the Library
Description: We have all seen children reading to a therapy dog in a library, but what else can that therapy dog do for our patrons? In this workshop, public and academic librarians will discover best practices in animal assisted therapy programming in libraries. You will learn theoretical foundations of animal assisted therapy, best practices in spatial design and planning for library programs involving animals, and perspectives of dog handlers providing animal assisted therapy for children and adults. Hans, Veteran Animal Assisted Therapy Canine, will be available for photos, and resources will be distributed.
3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Roosevelt Room

New Adult Committee:
Title: Board Games at the Library
Description: An explosion of new and innovative board games has granted libraries a chance to tap into their growing popularity for a diverse audience. Do you have an interest in creating a gaming group for your library? This program will give an overview of the board gaming and tabletop world, highlighting trends and the wide variety of games available. We will also discuss programming ideas, marketing to your audience, and gaming on a budget.
Speaker(s): Tim Sicurella, Sayville Library; Michael Buono, Patchogue Library; Brian Schwartz, Patchogue Library
9:00 to 10:00 am in the Vanderbilt Room.

Electronic Resources Committee
Title: Who’s Afraid of Podcasting? One public library’s leap into the realm of media production.
Description: Learn how to start your own library’s podcast. Equipment, online distribution, software, and general cost will be some of the topics covered by Chris Kretz, creator and producer of The Long Island History Project and In The Stacks, a library podcast from the Half Hollow Hills Community Library. HHH librarians Ellen Druda, Charlene Muhr, and Chris will discuss the planning and production of In The Stacks, Half Hollow Hill’s book review podcast that launched in Sep. 2016.
Speaker: Chris Kretz is the head of Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus library. He has been a podcaster since 2005, first with the Dowling College Library Omnibus program and now with the Long Island History Project, produced with the Long Island Radio and Television Historical society (
10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Roosevelt Room


More information is available at Long Island Library Conference.

CARE Committee Meeting: Hosting Speaker Thursday, February 16 at 2:30pm

The CARE (Career and Resource Exchange) Committee of RASD (Reference and Adult Services Division), a division of SCLA, will be hosting a speaker from the Job Corps on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System in Bellport. The presentation will start at 2:30, with a committee meeting to follow.

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. Ms. Torelli will talk about the criteria and enrollment process for the program as well as how to identify potential candidates.

Professional development hours will be awarded.

Please email Nicole Berroyer at if you would like to attend or have any questions about the committee or our speaker.