Category Archives: Technology Information Forum (TIF)

CATS Technology Information Forum – Patron Education Meeting – February 6, 2014 – Quogue Library

Hi Folks,
It’s time for our February 2014 TIF Meeting. We will be continuing our discussion on staff and patron education from the January Meeting. This will include a presentation from our friends at the Longwood Public Library, Chris DeCristofaro and Melanie Cardone. Chris and Melanie will be discussing the successful evolution of the iphone / ipad classes they host for their patrons. From inception to a full blown series of classes, the success and feedback have been tremendous.
Join us as we learn about the benefits, challenges and best practices of successfully training the public. Handouts will be made available to guide you in building your own course of programs for your patrons.
Details are as follows:
What: February 2014 Technology Information Forum Meeting
When: February 6, 2014
Where: Quogue Library
Time: 9:30am coffee 10am Meeting
Host: Russ Weisenbacher
Special note (Directions and Parking):
The Quogue Library is located at 90 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY. When searching by name, some GPS devices will send you to the Quogue School. Please use the library’s physical address instead. (Thanks Russ!)
Detailed directions:
Sunrise Hwy (Rte 27) east to Exit 65 South.
Take County Route 104 all the way until it ends in a “T” with County Route 80 (Montauk Hwy).
Make a RIGHT onto County Route 80 (Montauk Hwy).
At the big bend in the road, make a LEFT onto Quogue Street.
Go about 1/2 mile, the library is on the right.  You can park on either side of the road.
Enter through front door, and head to the back room (Shinnecock Room).
Hope to see you all there!
Bob Johnson
Manager of Information and Technology Services
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
120 Main Street
Setauket, NY 11733

CATS Program: IT vs Librarians

Cats-ITvsLibrarianThe Computer and Technical Services division of SCLA/NYLA will present

IT vs Librarians

At the Brentwood Public Library
December 10th 2013

10 am to 12 pm

Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 am

All are welcome

There is a longstanding belief that IT staff and Librarians are two departments separated by a different language. Join us for the CATS annual meeting to help determine where these two departments are heading, and if they can head there together.

Presenters Elled Druda (Internet Service Librarian), Bob Johnson (Manager of Information and Technology Services) and Stephen Ingram (Computer Librarian) will lead a presentation and panel discussion.



Update-Technology Information Forum Meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2013


Intranet discussion and demonstration – Anthony Martocello and Stephen Ingram
Wifi statistics gathering and reporting – Anthony Martocello
CIL follow up and discussion – Bob
Long Island Library Conference discussion of presentation
Using terminal services for your opacs – OpenKiosk discussion and how to
Browser wars – what works and what drives you crazy
There will be time available to discuss any issues you may want to bring to the group.
Hope to see you all there!

We will be having our next Technology Information Forum Meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2013. The meeting will be held at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library in Dix Hills. Please note that this meeting is the second Thursday of the Month, as opposed to our normal first Thursday schedule.

Here are the details

What: Technology Information Forum Meeting – April 2013

When: Thursday, April 11, 2013 (second Thursday of April)
Where: Half Hollow Hills Community Library – Dix Hills
Directions:       (make sure to choose Dix Hills)
Time:9:30 coffee 10 am Meeting

Host: Ellen Druda / James Balletta

Technology Information Forum Meeting – Thursday – March 7, 2013 – 10:00 am Meeting – East Hampton


Meeting cancelled due to weather. We will have information about our next location shortly. 

It’s time for our next TIF Meeting! Here are the details and proposed discussion topics:
What: March 2013 TIF Meeting
When: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Where: East Hampton Public Library
Time: 9:30 am coffee 10 am Meeting
          ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
Please also notice the change in venue. The meeting was originally scheduled to be at Half Hollow Hills. We have moved the meeting to East Hampton.
The theme for our next TIF meeting will be “Boundless Innovation and Ideas!”.
Arleen West of the East Hampton Library will be demonstrating an in depth view of Google Hangouts and will be offering a live session for those of you that can’t make it out for the meeting. Details to follow!
The second half of the meeting will be focused on exploring new ideas and brainstorming as to how we can do things better in library land. What if there weren’t any boundaries? What could we offer our staff and patrons without limitation. I believe Anthony and Dominic had come up with this topic and I believe there is much to discuss.
As always, please bring your experience, suggestions and ideas to share.
Hope to see you there!
Bob Johnson

Technology Information Forum Meeting – Thursday, February 7, 2013 – Elwood Public Library – 10am

What: Feburary 2013 TIF Meeting
When: February 7, 2013
Where: Elwood Public Library
Time: 9:30 am coffee 10 am Meeting
Tentative discussion topics include:
Patron Authentication and Computer Use – How do you get the job done?

  •   Features
    • Time management
    • Acceptable use policy
    • Desktop control
  •   Patron response
  •   Printing
    •   Controlling pay for print
    •   Coin boxes
    •   Print cards
    •   Money collection
  •   Response from staff
  •   Control of machines
    • Time limits
    • Log off, reboot when done, etc…
    • Staff control, viewing, assistance, etc…
  •   What software do you allow patrons to use / sites do you link to?
    • Watch DVD’s
    • Listen to music
    • YouTube
    • Office versions
    • Create PDF files
    • Picture viewing
    • School / College based software / links
    • Community links
    • Quick links to library services on desktop
  • Updates
    • How frequently
    • What gets updated
      • Windows
      • Adobe
      • Java
      • Programs – Windows media, iTunes, etc…
    • How is it done
      • Server based
      • Individual
      • Third party software
  • Lock down software
    • Deep freeze
    • Group policy
I’m thinking that this will get us started – Please send me any additional topics for discussion that you would like to see included.

Bob Johnson
Manager of Information and Technology Services
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
120 Main Street
Setauket, NY 11733

January 2013 Technology Information Forum Meeting

Hi Folks,

Hope you all had a wonderful New Year! I sincerely hope that 2013 finds all of you healthy and happy!
I have no doubt that this year will bring about great technological changes and challenges. We look forward to getting through them together!
Remember that the TIF Group belongs to all of us and we value everyone as members and active participants in our demonstrations and discussions. We welcome new topics and ideas and appreciate your time and dedication to this group. If you have an idea for a topic or something you would like to demonstrate to the group, please contact me to arrange this.
Our first TIF meeting of the new year will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Sachem Public Library. The original schedule of Thursday, January 10th proved to be a conflict. Sorry for the short notice and I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Details are as follows:
What: January 2013 Technology Information Forum Meeting
When: January 9, 2013
Where: Sachem Public Library
Host: Alan Schelp / Head of Electronic Services
2d Scanning – What is it and why do we need it?
Wireless printing
How do you do it?
What is necessary for a feasible solution?
How do you charge for wireless printing?
What are our options?
A few additional ideas for topics posted by Stephen Ingram:
Google Analytics overview
How to track statistics
Staff pages
Web page design
Talking tech to staff and patrons
When is the last time you trained staff
What tech are you using in your daily and professional life.
What tech are patrons using.
How are you as a tech department serving the patrons and how are you letting them know about it?
Which email programs are staff using the most?
Do you have old file cabinets of information that can be digitized or discarded?
How often does tech have meetings with regular staff to talk about changes?
How do you inform the staff if there is a probem: phone/ webanner/ cry out loud?
Ho do you prepare your staff for change?
Do you solicit ideas from staff on how to improve your system/communication?
We have plenty to talk about! We will also leave time for discussing what’s going on in our own library world.
Hope to see you all at Sachem on Wednesday!

TIF meeting dates 2013

Meeting Dates 2013

Thursday – January 10th – Sachem
Thursday – February 7th – Elwood
Thursday – March 7th – Half Hollow Hills
Thursday – April 4th – Huntington
Thursday – April 4th – East Hampton
May – Long Island Library Conference
Thursday – June 6th – East Islip
July – Enjoy Summer
August – Enjoy Summer
Thursday – September 5th – Cutchogue
Thursday – October 4th – Brentwood
Thursday – November 7th – Hauppauge
Annual Meeting – TBD

Technology Information Forum Meeting – Thursday, May 10, 2012 – South Country Library

The next TIF Meeting will be at the South Country Library on May 10, 2012.

What: Technology Information Forum Meeting

Where: South Country Library

When: Thursday, May 10, 2012


Time: 9:30 am coffee 10 am meeting Open discussion and demonstrations. See you all there! Bob