Category Archives: TIF

TIF Meeting June 9, 2016 at Connetquot Public Library, Learn How To Podcast

The next Technology Information Forum will be held on Thursday, June 9th, 9:30 for refreshments and 10AM meeting.

Learn how to podcast!! We will cover equipment purchasing on a budget, podcast hosting and making life simpler with easy and effective web tools for publishing.  We will have sample equipment that can be used by both staff and patrons.


Hope to see everyone there!!

April 7th TIF meeting – Hampton Library

The April TIF meeting will be held on Thursday April 7th (9:30 refreshments and 10:00 meeting) at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, New York.

This month’s topic for discussion is going to center around the evolution of libraries into community centers and what role Information Technology plays in that evolution.   Bring your ideas and thoughts to this lively discussion.

Hope to see you all there!!,-72.3043697,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e88dd17479c68f:0x1fb36a7ba65d8440

TIF Meeting – February 4, 2016 – East Islip Public Library

This month’s Technology Information meeting will be held onFebruary 4th, 9:30 refreshments and 10am meeting.  This month our meeting will take place at the East Islip Public Library, and we thank them for their hospitality.  This month’s topic will be “In the Age of Google, does the Library get Shelved”.  We will be discussing this topic based on an article written by Steve Barker from the Wall Street Journal in January of this year.  We will also have a round table discussion regarding issues and questions you may have in your respective libraries.

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So please mark your calendars and come join us!!

TIF (Technology Information Forum) Meeting – January 7, 2016 – Sachem Public Library

Happy New Year!  We hope that everyone’s holidays were wonderful!  We will be having our next Technology Information Forum (TIF) meeting at the Sachem Public Library on January 7th (9:30 coffee,10am meeting).

This month we will have a presentation by Alex Boris who will demonstrate various sites to teach coding to YA patrons.  Alex has a unique perspective working with young adults because he is a computer science major at Stony Brook University.  In addition to Alex’s presentation, we will discuss how to utilize the staff’s special skills and talents to further the library’s goals.  We will also have a round table discussion. So bring your issues to the table and see what colleagues can suggest!

Where: Sachem Public Library
When: 9:30 coffee, 10am meeting
Hope to see everyone there!!

Technology Information Forum – Annual Meeting and Gathering – Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thursday, December 3rd at the Connetquot Public Library.

Please join us and bring a friend that may be interested in attending as well. We are looking to see faces that we haven’t seen in quite some time and enjoy having new folks attend as well. The tech forum is open to everyone and we encourage all of you to attend.

We also encourage you folks to bring a dish with you as well. Many of you are fantastic cooks and it shows each year! We will provide the main course and salads. We are looking for dessert, snacks, dips, chips and finger foods. Janet Kowal was nice enough to create a form in which you can submit what you will be bringing to the meeting. If you are a visitor, don’t worry about the food, just enjoy the time with your colleagues.

Submission Form:

We will also have our “secret techie”. Please bring a wrapped gift to participate. The limit is $15 this year. Bring one and get one in return. This has always been a big hit and is a fun way to get a surprise gift! Please note: This is not a requirement to attend.

Once again, please think about attending and bring someone you think may be interested in our group. Collectively, we have made great strides in the technology and information arena. Please continue to help us grow!

What: CATS Technology Information Forum Annual Meeting
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Where: Connetquot Public Library
Time: 10 am Meeting – 11am Lunch

What do you have to remember?
Think about a friend you can bring…
Submit food form (if you can bring something)
Buy a $10 item for “secret techie”


Hope to see you all there!

November TIF Meeting – Thursday, November 5th – Brentwood Public Library

We have a very exciting meeting planned for this Thursday. We will focus primarily on new types of patron programming as well as best practices in creating how-to guides for digital services.
Dominic Iadicicco will lead us in a demonstration and discussion on the Hour of Code series of programs he has been hosting at the South Country Library. Mr. Iadicicco has seen great success and attendance with these monthly programs. The primary focus is to learn how to code in easy self-guided steps. The attendees create apps, greeting cards, animations and more.
Nick Tanzi will lead us in a discussion on best practices for digital services how-to guides. Under Mr. Tanzi’s direction as Head of Digital Services , the Mastic Moriches Shirley Community Library has created and distributed relevant how-to guides for their digital services. These guides serve as an always available, single point of self guided instruction for the patrons.
What: CATS Technology Information Forum Meeting
When: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Where: Brentwood Public Library
Address: 34 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
Time: 9:30am coffee 10am meeting


October TIF Meeting – Quogue Library – 10/1/15

Join us at the Quogue Library where we will have a discussion on hosting a Lan Party at your library. Dave Jones and Walter Pesce of the Westhampton Free Library will lead us in a discussion on hosting a Lan Party at your library.
What: October 2015 – Technology Information Forum Meeting
Where: The Quogue Library
When: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time: 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting
Host: Russ Weisenbacher


Agenda: Hosting a Lan Party!

What equipment do you need? How long should it last? Do you provide internet access?  Dave Jones and Walter Pesce will answer these questions and go over the pros and cons of offering technology-based programs along with the knowledge of their 10+ years of hosting them.

Guest speakers: Dave Jones & Walter Pesce of the Westhampton Free Library

Hope to see you all there!!!

September 2015 – Technology Information Forum Meeting

Where: The Smithtown Library – Main Building
When: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time: 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting
Host: Chris DeCristofaro


Agenda: Attracting the Lost Demographic
Join us at the Smithtown Library where we will have a discussion regarding attracting 20 and 30 something patrons. Library use by this demographic declines after people complete their educations and they do not traditionally return to the library until they start to have children. How do we attract this demographic after they complete school and before they start a family? What technology can we offer to attract this group of people?
Guest speaker: Chris DeCristofaro
The Smithtown Library will also offer a demonstration of their “Learn Lab” computer training center.
Hope to see you all there!!!

TIF Meeting – Thursday, June 4, 2015 – Northport Library

What: June 2015 – Technology Information Forum Meeting
Where: The Northport Public Library
When: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time: 9:30 am coffee 10:00 am meeting
Host: Mary O’Grady / Anthony Martocello / Stephen Ingram


Our proposed agenda: Identifying Targets and Agents of Change
 – What is a “change agent?”
 – How can we identify these folks?
 – How do I know if I already have one?
 – How can we harness their ideas and encourage them to lead?
 – I think I have one, what’s next?
 – How can I best allow them to succeed?
Targets of Change
 – Identifying targets of change
 – Who are they?
 – Where are they?
 – How can we reach them?
 – Where are the resources we need to reach them?
 – What if the change doesn’t work?
 – Regrouping…
Hope to see you all there!!!