CATS/TIF Annual Meeting (feat. Guest Speaker Rob Thomson)

Here’s an upcoming program from CATS/TIF! You do NOT have to be a member of CATS to register for this program!
The CATS/TIF Annual Meeting (feat. Guest Speaker Rob Thomson)
Wednesday, December 9th at 10:00 AM
Join us for the CATS/TIF Annual Meeting, featuring virtual guest speaker Rob Thomson: NSW State Manager of the Australian Library and Information Association! He’ll be discussing the purpose of ALIA, intregrating technology into libraries and tall but true tales of his life in libraries. There may be singing and occasional dancing, but no promises! This program will be held via Zoom. There is no registration fee.
Register online here:
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at We hope to see you there!
Best regards,
Alison Mirabella

CATS President

Program Tech on a Budget

Here is an upcoming webinar from CATS, for those who are interested!
Program Tech on a Budget

August 5th at 10:00 a.m.

Running technology programs does not have to break the bank (or your programming budget!). This webinar is designed for libraries and librarians working with limited budgets or those who want to look before they leap into a new technology. Ideas for in-person and virtual programming will be discussed as well as helpful resources for getting the best price and getting inspired for your next potential program.

If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact me at
Best regards,
Alison Mirabella
CATS President

CATS/TIF Annual Meeting

CATS/TIF Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 5, 2019.  9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SCLS Auditorium
Join us for a lecture by special guest Chad Mairn- Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manager of the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College.  Discover what groundbreaking technologies are affecting most everyone’s lives today, get a glimpse of what will be on the horizon in 2020 and how all these advancements can help libraries remain a guiding light into the future.
Coffee & breakfast provided.
Register by December 1 at 

Registration open for  CATS/TIF Technology Petting Zoo!

“General registration is now open for the first ever CATS/TIF Technology Petting Zoo!  The program will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at SCLS.  During this free program, we will exchange ideas and information about the latest in technology, STEM programming, activities, lending, and services for all ages. Attendees will have the opportunity to freely explore different tables and demonstrations run by a variety of Suffolk and Nassau Libraries.

Register to attend here: “

CATS Technology Petting Zoo

On Thursday, October 3rd, CATS will be hosting a “Technology Petting Zoo” program at SCLS at 10 a.m.  During this free program we will exchange ideas and information about the latest in technology, STEM programming/activities, services, and lending for all ages.

Interested Suffolk and Nassau libraries are asked to run a table to show off equipment, devices, materials,  programs, and ideas. Participating libraries are asked to bring devices/products/items for demonstration and provide handouts, informational materials, lending guidelines, and/or program outlines as it applies to what you are demonstrating.

To sign-up to become a “Exhibitor” for this upcoming program, please click here:

CATS tour of Stony Brook University’s iCREATE Lab

Join CATS (The Computer and Technical Services division of SCLA) for a tour of Stony Brook University’s iCREATE Lab. In addition to touring the lab, attendees can also participate in a fun interactive activity.  Earn CEU credits for attending this program.  iCREATE is a collection of spaces that are designed to facilitate all stages of innovation, think 3D printers, laser engravers, sewing machines, VR systems and more!

  • Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • We will meet in the lobby of the Stony Brook University Administration Builiding.  Attendees should park in the main Administration Parking Garage. Click here for directions:
Any questions? Please email

TIF meeting @ South Country Library

Thursday, February 7

South Country Library

“TIF’s February meeting topic is going to be attracting adults into our makerspaces.  Whether you have a formal makerspace or are programming for aspects of STEM/STEAM, we usually target our programming towards children and teens.  Lets explore some of these issues:

  • How do we attract adults – target our programming
  • What should we offer adults
  • In house staff instructors vs. contracting outside programmers
  • What is the goal of the program specifically targeting adults
  • Single program vs series (and if a series how we get them back for second and third sessions)

Bring your thoughts, experiences, ideas.  We will also have our round table discussion to share our questions, ideas, successes and failures.

Remember, if you can’t make it, we do stream the session on the TIF Facebook page through Facebook Live. To subscribe to our CATS/TIF Google Group, please email: “

CATS/TIF Annual Meeting, December 7, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

On December 7th , CATS and TIF will have their Annual Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the SCLS auditorium. There will be a light breakfast served. Guest speaker Rebecca Stavick from Do Space Omaha will be appearing via video teleconference. She will talk about Do Space, a privately funded public makerspace, successful things they’re doing and will even give a walking tour with their “Dual Robot”. There is no fee to attend.

RSVP is requested to

Technology Information Forum This Thursday – Nassau/Suffolk Joint Meeting

Thursday, May 11th, TIF (Divison of CATS) will be hosting their second joint Nassau/Suffolk technology roundtable.

“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!” -Christopher S. DeCristofaro

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

Directions to the Half Hollow Hills Community Library:,-73.3625787,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e82ec81461166d:0x8fe21fa89f69f2e1!8m2!3d40.80396!4d-73.36039