Support Taking Action Against Censorship

The Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) has been serving librarians, staff, and trustees of Suffolk County libraries since 1939. Our membership consists of library staff from across Suffolk County, including academic, special, and public Libraries. SCLA is committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. This includes a firm opposition to the restriction, removal, or censorship of books, materials, and displays. We support library users from all backgrounds and communities. We believe that libraries are a place for all to feel welcome and supported.

PLDA and SCLA are proud to launch a website designed to give people clear information about censorship and point them in the direction of resources which will allow them to take action with respect to this important issue. Please visit the STAAC (Support Taking Action Against Censorship) website at We hope you will share this website all who are seeking answers to their questions about censorship in libraries.

Carisse Mitchell
SCLA President

Don’t Miss Out on the 2023 Long Island Library Conference!

Are you planning on attending the 2023 Long Island Library Conference on Thursday, May 11? If yes, register now to take advantage of our current pricing! Attendee and Student rates are only valid until 12 pm on Thursday, May 4. By registering today, you can save big!


Attendee: $75

Student: $45

Day-Of: $125

If you are paying by check or invoice, please plan accordingly, as your payment must be received by 12 pm on May 4. Those who do not pay by this date and time will not be registered. Anyone who wishes to register after May 4 can do so the day of the conference at the Day-Of rate of $125. Day-Of payments must be made by credit card.

Questions? Email or visit for more information.

9th Annual Herbert Biblo Academic Libraries Conference

9th Annual Herbert Biblo Academic Libraries Conference

All are welcome April 24, 2023 10a.m.-2p.m. Half Hollow Hills Library

Our Stellar Speakers:

Emily Drabinski President Elect of American Library Association Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Mina Rees Library at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)Keynote: Collective Action, Collective Good: Organizing for Change at Work

Lisa Hamilton Director, Campus Activities & Student Leadership Development, at Suffolk County Community College (SUNY) Workplace Barriers and How to Conquer Them: How to Navigate the Workplace Rollercoaster without Screaming

Christina Vargas Chief Diversity Officer at Suffolk County Community College (SUNY), College-wide Title IX Coordinator R E S P E C T: Promoting a Culture of Belonging

Register here.

LGBTQIA+ Programs & Programmers Database

At the Long Island Library Pride Alliance’s General Membership Meeting in January, it was shared that library staff members would like to know what programs and/or programmers others have had for LGBTQIA+ programming in Long Island libraries. We have put together a form (link on the attached flyer) for everyone to share their programs/programmers. This can be a program you created in house or a program that was run with an outside programmer. We would like to create a living database for staff members to access when they are looking for programming ideas.
Register here:
Thank you for helping us in this endeavor.
Have a wonderful day,
LILPA CO-chair
Derek Ivie (he/him)
Youth Services Coordinator
Suffolk Cooperative Library System
627 North Sunrise Service Road
Bellport, NY 11713
631-286-1600 ext. 1337

Suffolk Library Marketing Award Winners Roundtable Discussion

Register today! Announcing the 2022 Suffolk Library Marketing Award Winners Roundtable Discussion.  Presented by the RASD Public Relations and Marketing Committee.  Join us for a discussion with last year’s SLMA winners as they share insights about their award-winning marketing initiatives for 2022. Speakers include:

  • Shadd Jamison, Assistant Director, Amityville Public Library
  • Michael Buono, Head of Reference and Publicity, Brentwood Public Library
  • Kathryn Heaviside, Community Services Librarian, Northport-East Northport Public Library
  • Rebecca Goldstein, Reference Services Librarian II, Sachem Public Library

When: Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 at 3 pm, Via Zoom

Click this link to register:

We look forward to seeing you on the Zoom meeting!

Jim Garvey, Chair, RASD Public Relations and Marketing Committee
Christine Lyons, Co-Chair, RASD Public Relations and Marketing Committee

PS – Learn more about the SCLA Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD) here, and the Public Relations and Marketing Committee here:

[SCLA] B.E.S.T. Award


It is time to nominate a teen for the Nassau/Suffolk B.E.S.T. Award! For those unfamiliar with this award, library staff members can nominate a teen to receive recognition for their contributions to library services. There will be one winner per county. For more information, please check the attached flyer.

Applications (online or paper) must be received no later than Thursday, April 6, 2023.

The paper application can be mailed to Vivien Cardone at the Riverhead Free Library via system mail, email, or USPS. You can also fill out the online application here.

We will be announcing the winners at the Long Island Library Conference on May 11, 2023.

We are also looking for people to participate in the B.E.S.T. Award committee! If you would like to participate and read all about these amazing teens or have any questions about the award, please reply off-list to Vivien Cardone,

I look forward to reading your submissions!

Thank you,

Vivien Cardone

Library Directory Associates Award (LDA)

We are seeking nominations for the 2023 LDA Award. The LDA Award provides recognition to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to libraries on Long Island. By honoring the winner, we honor all the people who contribute to the profession. The LDA Award will be presented at the Long Island Library Conference on Thursday, May 11th 2023.

Please note the following eligibility criteria:

  • Librarians, trustees, support staff, friends of the library, vendors and publishers are all eligible

  • Nominees should have the following:

    • Outstanding achievement in developing and publishing library materials

    • A long and distinguished service in the advancement of librarianship

    • An original contribution for promoting the library

    • Progressive legislative activity

    • Promotion of intellectual freedom

    • Creative, innovative utilization of technologies

Nominating packets can be submitted via Google Form, or emailed in a single PDF to Please submit all nomination materials by March 24th.  Additional information is provided in the attached brochure.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email us at

Thank you,

Noel Reich

Noel Reich (she/her)
Information Services & Community Engagement Librarian

Lindenhurst Memorial Library

1 Lee Avenue
Lindenhurst, New York 11757

Health Concerns Committee Reference and Adult Services Division of SCLA General Meeting

Health Concerns Committee Reference and Adult Services Division of SCLA General Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 3:00pm 
Via Zoom – Join us!
Contact: Stephanie DiChiara –
or Karen Sonnessa –
if you’d like to attend or have any questions!

Stephanie DiChiara
Head of Adult Services & Local History Librarian
Sayville Library
88 Greene Avenue
Sayville, NY 11782
631.589.4440 x363

Health Concerns Committee Co-Chairperson, SCLA – RASD