CATS Annual Meeting: Leadership and Technology in Libraries with James Hutter 12/7

Join CATS for its annual meeting as they welcome James Hutter, former NCLA president, Co-chair of NCLA’s Computers and Technology Committee, and Assistant Director of Port Washington Library as he discusses the role technology plays in libraries and leadership.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th at 10 am

Location: Sachem Public Library

To sign up, click on the link in the flyer or Click here to register.

CATS Presents Coding the Cosmos with NASA’s Universe of Learning

Join Dr. Kimberly Arcand as we learn ways to engage youth in the process of science using NASA Astrophysics data, with activities designed to encourage exploration of our universe and how we know what we know.

We’ll also learn about free computer-based activities as well as paper/pencil or other hands-on activities, and help youth learn about computer-aided data collection and processing, an essential part of research using space- and ground-based telescopes. Scientists rely on computers not only to do calculations, but also to transform data into images. Coding and programming are some of the many tools that astronomers need to study the information from our space telescopes.

Dr. Kimberly Arcand is a leading expert in astronomy visualization and has been a pioneer in 3D imaging, printing, and extended reality applications with astrophysics data. She has worked for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory since 1998. Her current projects include sonification of spatial data, screen-based holograms and other intersections of emerging technology and astrophysics. 

DATE: Wednesday October 5th

Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm



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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.
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Tech on a Budget webinar

Here is the pre-recorded version of the canceled Program Tech on a Budget webinar! We hope that libraries will be able to make use of these valuable resources. And a big thank you to our presenter, Michael Bartolomeo, for putting this together! Click here to watch the webinar: (If you would like to download the PowerPoint, click here:

Program Tech on a Budget Cancelled

A Statement From SCLA

In this difficult time, the Suffolk County Library (SCLA) stands firmly with the Black community, as well as the American Library Association (ALA) and countless other professional library associations, in denouncing the senseless loss of Mr. George Floyd and all forms of racism, discrimination, and oppression.

Our commitment to intellectual freedom and charge of providing full access to knowledge to all members of our communities regardless of race, color, religion, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation is sacrosanct. But there is still much work to be done in the way of forging an all-inclusive society that is not only just non-racist, but staunchly anti-racist.

We must provide the tools for library staff to advocate to the best of our abilities. We must affect change and foster environments where all members of our communities feel accepted, safe, and welcomed. As public service information professionals, we have an ongoing responsibility to educate ourselves on how to better understand, represent, and ally ourselves with our diverse colleagues and communities, for that diversity is amongst our greatest strengths. The members of SCLA stand in solidarity, committed to doing our part to make this possible.

Signed,   The Suffolk County Library Association Executive Board 


Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 CATS/TIF Annual Meeting! A special thank you to Chad Mairn, librarian, professor and manager of the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College who spoke to us about the future of libraries in the modern world. Chad stressed the importance of grant writing, thinking outside the box when it comes to programming and even demonstrated emerging AR technology like the Magic Leap headset for us. It was a great program!

Please check back to stay up-to-date with our upcoming 2020 programs.