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Corrected and Approved
SCLA Minutes
Friday, January 21, 2022 -Virtual Meeting

IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Alberts, Alex Blend, Angela Breslin, Michele Cayea, Patricia Cruz, Sal Filosa, Anthony Giansante, Rebecca Goldstein, Teri Hatred, Stephen Ingram, Ericka Irish, Erin Kanelos, Stacy Mencher, Ally Mercado, Carisse Mitchell, Roni Rauch, Kate Regina, Brian Schwartz, Tim Spindler, Lauren Strong, Thomas Vitale.

CALL TO ORDER:   The meeting was called to order at 10:02 by Alex Blend. Seconded by Angela Breslin and Anthony Giansante.

Motion to approve December 2021 meeting minutes by Kate Regina. Seconded by Ally Mercado.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  None

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

Expectations for SCLA Board– Attend board meetings and notify Carisse, Alex and Patricia if you cannot attend within 24 hrs. Also, attend SCLA events.

NYLA Recap– NYLA has a new Executive Director, will get in contact with her to introduce as SCLA president. There are still questions and grievances with NYLA, specifically regarding finances.

Goals– Continue to increase membership and SCLA awareness.

TREASURER’S REPORT: I haven’t received updated information from NYLA since our last meeting – the most up to date information that I have is that the closing balance as of September 2021 was $78,305.50. I am working with NYLA to get updates on reimbursements and disbursements that have been submitted.

DIVISION REPORTS:

DASL:  No report.

RASD:  Sal Filosa reported:

Our latest issue of Ramblings was released on December 30th and outlined RASD’s involvement for the fall season. We had our first meeting of 2022 on Jan 4, 2022 and look forward to a productive year ahead.

CATS: Anthony Giansante reported:

In December, CATS had their annual speaker, Maxine Bleisweis and her presentation titled: “Risky Behavior in a Public Library, or, How Saying “Yes” Mostly Turned Out Okay”. Meeting was available in-person at SCLS and via zoom. In January, CATS welcomed its new vice president, Christopher Sarubbi and treasurer, Julia Sukhu. We also discussed future meeting dates which will be the second Thursday of every month.

SSD:  Kate Regina reported:

SSD will be having their first meeting of 2022 today 1/21 at 2pm. Will be discussing programming on a low budget.

YASD:  Ericka Irish reported:

YASD will be having their meeting on 1/27. Currently working on Fran Romer.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

ANNUAL DINNER: Michele Cayea reported:

This year’s goal is to hold the Annual Dinner in person again and increase attendance to 125 from the 2021 dinner (85 attendance).

ARCHIVES: No report.

CIVIL SERVICE: Carisse Mitchell & Brian Schwartz reported:

Carisse announced that Brian will be taking over Civil Service. Brian is looking to have an introduction to Civil Service workshop.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:  No report.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Teri Hatred reported:

Status quo. Continue emailing Teri attendance sheets to sclshr@suffolknet.org

ELSA:  Kate Regina reported:

Nothing new yet to report.

FANDOM OUTREACH COMMITTEE:  No report.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM:   Brian Schwartz reported:

Here are two links to peruse at your leisure:

https://www.newsy.com/stories/how-critical-race-theory-debate-affected-u-s-libraries/

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/01/shouting-fire-crowded-theater-speech-regulation/621151/

LDA AWARD: Paula Bornstein reported via email:

The NCLA LDA Award Committee co-chairs will order printing of the brochures, as soon as the NCLA Board confirms that a virtual presentation of the award can be held on the original date of the Long Island Library Conference, May 12. Since NCLA is in charge of presentation this year, I will ask them what should be done on SCLA’s end to facilitate it.

LEGISLATIVE:  Samantha Alberts reported:

NYLA sponsored Advocacy Day sessions

Feb 16 3PM – Register – Legislative Agenda

Feb 23 3PM – Register – Advocacy – social media best practices

SCLS sponsored Advocacy Day 101 sessions

  • Legislative Priorities
  • Examples
  • Elevator Pitch – Talking Points and telling stories
  • Using social media to engage with your local legislator

Feb 15 at 2PM

Feb 24 at 10AM

Register

Virtual Advocacy Day

March 2nd and March 3rd

Please look out for emails from LILRC for registration.

LI LIBRARY CONFERENCE:  Brian Adams reported via email:

With much regret, the Long Island Library Conference recommends the cancellation of the 2022 Long Island Library Conference.  We would like SCLA to sign off on this decision, as NCLA did at their meeting of January 14th.

Reaching this decision was a long and painful process. When last year’s conference was canceled, it was with the understanding that the world would be in a position to have the 2022 Conference.  Our monthly planning meetings went full speed ahead, assuming that with vaccinations it would be safe to meet in person again.

A number of factors went into this decision: the slowness of vaccinations, the arrival of the Delta variant, and the almost universal trepidation to gather in person.

We sent a poll to all Nassau and Suffolk public library directors, seeking their concerns, opinions and advice.  This poll was completed at the end of 2021, a week before the Omicron variant spread. The results were leaning towards not having it.

Therefore, it is with an abundance of caution and safety that we advise the 2022 Long Island Library Conference be canceled.

We would be happy to provide the Long Library Conference’s submitted programs to the point person or persons in charge of the May 2022 Professional Development Series, which was done so well last year.

We look forward to May 2023 when we expect the Conference to resume its in-person event.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Brian Adams @adamsbster@gmail.com

Respectfully,

Brian Adams and the Long Island Library Conference Committee

The Board unanimously agreed to the cancellation of the 2022 Long Island Library Conference.

 LILPA:  The Long Island Library Pride Alliance Board met on Monday, January 10th to discuss upcoming programming. On Thursday, February 17th they will be holding their first book club meeting of 2022. The group will be discussing the memoir The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation by activist Jodie Patterson. A flier was sent out in mid-January. They will also be offering a co-sponsored workshop with the Suffolk Cooperative Library on Thursday, April 14th where Jodie Patterson will be talking about her experience parenting a transgender child and how adults can support LGBTQIA+ children. Registration information will be released in the coming months.

LONG RANGE PLANNING/MARKETING:   No report.

MEMBERSHIP:  Angela Breslin reported:

Membership statistics as of 1/21/22:

CATS: 49 active members

DASL: 29 active members

RASD: 84 active members

SSD: 26 active members

YASD: 51 active members

SCLA: 153 active members

For Discussion:

  1. Renewal letters
  2. Institutions/Vendors – NCLA Membership
  3. Sponsorship from vendors

NEWSLETTER: Lauren Strong reported:

No new news. Sent out the newsletter in January, listserv was acting up but hopefully everyone received it.

NOMINATING: Alex Blend reported:

Keep a lookout for open positions.

SCHOLARSHIP: No report.

STUDENT OUTREACH: Colleen Navins reported via email:

Continuing to forward job opportunities to my contacts at Queens, LIU and St. John’s.  Hoping to meet virtually with some students this spring, I will be reaching out later this month to see what the schools are comfortable with.  If you know anyone who would like to participate in student outreach, always feel free to have them contact me! cnavins@smithlib.org

WEB PAGE: Stephen Ingram reported:

Completed transition emails and logins for incoming board.

Updated board information for 2022.

Board members please visit the website and check: https://scla.net/board/

Continue to update SCLA.net, calendar and Facebook page with SCLA program information.

Continue to update SCLA WordPress and Division pages to latest versions of software.

Facebook insights: 926 followers

Google Analytics Behavior overview (page views):

December 367 views

LIAISONS:

CLASC:  Erin Kanelos reported:

  • Recently held a workshop on Bobwhite Quails with Eric Powers from CEED LI; very happy with the workshop; had over 50 attendees. Contact Erin if you would like presenter information
  • Still accepting nominations for CLASC Board.
  • Spring annual meeting will be held on April 6, 2022 at Stonebridge Country Club. Looking at Beth Ferry for our speaker.

 LILRC: Tim Spindler reported:

Advocacy plans are as follows: March 2nd- Assembly & March 3rd Senators. https://lilrc.org/All-Events

NCLA: Stacy Mencher reported:

Looking forward to working together.

PLDA:   No report.

SCLS:  Samantha Alberts reported:

Check out the SCLS page for upcoming programs: https://portal.suffolklibrarysystem.org/events/month

Will be having an NDIA Digital Navigator Training in February & March. Looking into having a digital inclusions minivan for libraries.

NYLA:  Ally Mercado reported:

NYLA Executive Council has announced that they have hired a new Executive Director AnnaLee Dragon. Their official statement:

“AnnaLee comes to NYLA after serving as the Director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library in Kinderhook, NY, since 2012. She has demonstrated a passion for libraries, advocacy, and for NYLA that is contagious and inspiring. AnnaLee is ready to face our current challenges head-on – from taking a fresh look at finances to fostering a positive culture among staff, Council, and membership.”

She starts Monday, February 14.

Ad Hoc Committee for NYLA Exit: Two people have submitted their name so far.

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE:

Angela Breslin: See above in Membership.

Michele Cayea: See above in Annual Dinner.

Thomas Vitale: Met on 1/20 to discuss NYLA conference, will be in Saratoga.

Program proposals will open February 1st through March 7th.

Liz Hughes: No report.

OLD BUSINESS:   None

NEW BUSINESS:  None

The meeting was adjourned at 10:51am by Alex Blend. Seconded by Sal Filosa and Michele Cayea.

Corrected and Approved
SCLA Minutes
Friday, February 18, 2022 -Virtual Meeting

IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Alberts, Michael Bartolomeo, Alex Blend, Angela Breslin, Michele Cayea,  Patricia Cruz, Sal Filosa, Anthony Giansante, Rebecca Goldstein, Liz Hughes, Stephen Ingram, Ally Mercado, Carisse Mitchell, Kate Regina, Bruce Seger, Lauren Strong, Emily Trezza.

CALL TO ORDER:   The meeting was called to order at 10:01am by Alex Blend. Seconded by Angela Breslin.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  None

Motion to approve January 2022 meeting minutes by Angela Breslin. Seconded by Anthony Giansante.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

  • Met with Kevin Verbesey regarding splitting from NYLA. SCLS agrees to back up SCLA during the process. Specifically with the finance aspect such as holding money (we can’t open a bank account until we are officially split), setting up a bank account.
  • Negotiating Committee – Carisse, Alex, Ally, Rebecca, Angela & Patricia.
  • Membership – suspend membership in the meantime. Possibly offer a “free” trial while we’re going through the split with NYLA.
  • Finances with NYLA – Unsure what amount we will get back
  • Archives – at SCLS stop in 2012, it would help to start a project of organizing past documents; have digital and hard copies and a binder to pass down.

TREASURER’S REPORT: The closing balance as of December 2021 was $77,837.40. I will be in touch with the division treasurers shortly to get specific financial information.

DIVISION REPORTS:

DASL:  Bruce Seger reported:

Had some conversations with Rebecca regarding the speakers lined up for DASL and regarding payment. Will Salas made an excellent presentation on Patents, this presentation was in conjunction with LILRC. DASL will have a meeting to report back on what’s going on with NYLA.

RASD: Sal Filosa reported:

The Career & Business Reference Services Committee (C&B) hosted a representative from La Fuerza CDC on February 10th. The mission at La Fuerza CDC is to promote sustainable economic growth in Long Island by providing minority and women owned enterprises access to capital, business development services and other tools which will create jobs, community wealth and long-term prosperity. The PR & Marketing Committee had their annual Suffolk Library Marketing Award (SLMA) Roundtable Discussion on January 20th. The Readers’ Advisory Committee met on January 28th. Their blog, which can be accessed from RASD’s website or here: http://rasdreadersadvisory.blogspot.com/ is up to date with annotations through 2021. If you’re looking for recommendations and honest reviews from other Suffolk County librarians, be sure to subscribe to their posts. Our next meeting is March 1st.

CATS: Anthony Giansante reported:

In February, CATS voted to change their meeting dates to the first Wednesday of each month. We also started to plan original professional development programming, including things like a Technology Petting Zoo.

SSD:  Kate Regina reported:

SSD is looking to have more active participation from SSD members during meetings, not just the Board.

YASD:  No report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

ANNUAL DINNER: Michele Cayea reported:

Not a lot to update. Continuing to monitor COVID protocols & open to ideas and suggestions for Annual Dinner.

ARCHIVES: Bruce Seger reported:

Continuing to digitize & will get out to SCLS soon.

CIVIL SERVICE: No report.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Angela Brelin reported:

I am working on some ideas to get SCLA involved in community service throughout the county, and will have more information at the next meeting.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Teri Hatred reported:

Requests for reports have picked up so please get all attendance sheets to me as soon as possible via email sclshr@suffolknet.org.

ELSA:  Kate Regina reported:

No report since it’s still early.

FANDOM OUTREACH COMMITTEE:  No report.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM:  No report.

LDA AWARD: Paula Bornstein reported via email:

Paper copies of the LDA Award brochure are being sent to SCLA members at SCLS libraries,  via the SCLS distribution system. All SCLA members will be emailed copies of the brochure. Entries for nominees must be submitted by Thursday, March 31st.

LEGISLATIVE: Samantha Alberts reported:

“Advocacy Day”  will be held over 2 days online this year. March 2 & March 3 2022.

For the current budget proposal Governor Hochul is proposing the following:

  • Library Aid $96.1 (+2M increase from 2021)
  • Library Construction $14M (-20M reduction from 2021)
  • Release of $150k Love Your Library Fund

The Library community is advocating for:

  • Library Aid $123.1M
  • Library Construction $45M
  • Release of $150k Love Your Library Fund. These are funds that have been collected for the state library. Currently there is no mechanism allowing the state library to spend the funds on programs like Summer Reading.

Prep Sessions:

  • NYLA Social Media Advocacy Training Feb 23 3PM – Register
  • SCLS Advocacy Day 101 Feb 24 10AM – Register

Resources:

LI LIBRARY CONFERENCE:  No report.

LILPA:  Derek Ivie reported via email:

The Long Island Library Pride Alliance Board met on Monday, February 14th to discuss upcoming workshops for the group. They have decided to create a bi-monthly newsletter that will contain LGBTQIA+ books to look out for, notices of upcoming workshops, and other pieces of pop culture and news that are related to LGBTQIA+ issues. They will release their first newsletter sometime in March. On Thursday, February 17th they had another meeting of the LILPA Book Club. They discussed The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation. Library staff members from both Nassau and Suffolk came together to discuss the book written by activist and author Jodie Patterson.

LONG RANGE PLANNING/MARKETING:   No report.

MEMBERSHIP:  Angela Breslin reported:

Current statistics as of 2/18/22 (without any organizational memberships)

CATS: 47 active members

DASL: 25 active members

RASD: 81 active members

SSD: 22 active members

YASD: 45 active members

SCLA: 144 active members

NEWSLETTER: Lauren Strong reported:

The April newsletter is fast approaching. An email will be sent out on March 1 asking for Division and Committee blurbs.

NOMINATING: Alex Blend reported:

Be on the lookout for information on upcoming elections. Will need to work on how to run the polls for the election.

SCHOLARSHIP: Emma Lodato reported via email:

Nothing new to report.

STUDENT OUTREACH: No report.

WEB PAGE: Stephen Ingram reported:

Continue to update SCLA.net, calendar and Facebook page with SCLA program information.

Continue to update SCLA WordPress and Division pages to latest versions of software.

Facebook insights: 928 followers

Google Analytics Behavior overview (page views): January 456 views

LIAISONS:

CLASC:  Erin Kanelos reported via email:

  • Elections are underway. Thank you to everyone who put their name in for nominations, and good luck to all of our candidates. My term is set to end in April, and I will update the board who your new liaison will be.
  • Spring Meeting is April 6, 2022 at Stonebridge Country Club. Our speaker will be author Beth Ferry. Registration for the event will start soon.
  • We are seeking volunteers for book discussion leaders for the Fall Youth Literature Conference on October 13th. Please contact Maria Graybosch at mgraybosch@isliplibrary.org if you are interested.

LILRC: No report.

NCLA: Reported by Emily Trezza:
If you join or renew NCLA membership by March 1st, you will be entered to win a $100 Whole Foods Gift Card. Many of our divisions are also having membership incentives.  Please take a look at the website, www.ncla.info.

PLDA:   No report.

SCLS: Samantha Alberts reported:

With a grant, SCLS is running Digital Inclusion programming and obtaining a van for outreach events.

NYLA:  Ally Mercado reported:

I attended the NYLA Council meeting on Thursday, February 2. NYLA is currently operating at a $160,000 deficit. They are moving money from other funds into their running balance to stay afloat.

AnnaLee Dragon stated her position as Executive Director of NYLA on Monday, February 14.

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE:

Angela Breslin: See above in Membership.

Michele Cayea: See above in Annual Dinner.

Thomas Vitale: No report.

Liz Hughes: Working on a possible meeting at a winery, to increase engagement with libraries out East.

OLD BUSINESS:   None

NEW BUSINESS:  Refer to the President’s report above. Think about the vision for SCLA & what we want it to be.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:47 am by Alex Blend. Seconded by Anthony Giansante.

Corrected and Approved
SCLA Minutes
Friday, March 18, 2022 -Virtual Meeting

IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Alberts, Alex Blend, Angela Breslin, Michele Cayea, Patricia Cruz, Salvatore Filosa, Anthony Giansante, Rebecca Goldstein, Liz Hughes, Stephen Ingram, Erika Irish, Derek Ivie, Erin Kanelos, Ally Mercado, Carisse Mitchell, Roni Rauch, Brian Schwartz, Bruce Seger, Julia Sukhu, Kaysha Watson-Phillips

CALL TO ORDER:   The meeting was called to order at 10:02am by Alex Blend. Seconded by Angela Breslin & Anthony Giansante.

Motion to approve February 2022 meeting minutes by Angela Breslin. Seconded by Anthony Giansante.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  None

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

  • Meeting – with AnnaLee Dragon, new NYLA Executive Director to discuss separation from NYLA.
  • Listserv – Alex has reached out to NCLA about how they run their listserv, it would be a good time to clarify rules as to what/who can post to it.
  • Membership – Angela will talk about the Google form she has created.
  • Voting – We need to figure out how to run voting for elections as we previously used NYLA.
  • Zoom – Has been renewed by Stephen for the year.
  • Professional Development Series – Reached out to LI Conference committee to see if they can take over the series but they declined. Division presidents, please start thinking about what programs can be offered.

TREASURER’S REPORT: The closing balance as of December 2021 was $77,837.40 – I haven’t received any further updated financial information. I have been working with each of the division treasurers to get an accurate amount of what each division has. If you are sending anything to NYLA, PLEASE let me know!

DIVISION REPORTS:

DASL:  Bruce Seger reported.

Had a speaker this past week, John Kenrick, Musical Theater History Expert. The Annual Luncheon will be on April 7th, 1pm @ the Library Cafe in Farmingdale, working on getting a speaker for it.

RASD:  The Health Concerns Committee held a planning meeting for the year. The topic to focus on for a presentation and new topic guide is substance abuse with a focus on vaping. The Media Committee will be hosting a workshop on Discord, the VoIP platform, on March 31st. This is also the date that our newsletter Ramblings will be released. There are several co-chair positions open including PR & Marketing, New Adults, and potentially more. Please have those interested reach out to me directly sal@portjefflibrary.org. I am focusing on the use of the RASD website and have already begun discussions with committee chairs. I would like to discuss the SCLA calendar. This is a great idea but not yet a practice by any Division or committees.

CATS:  CATS will be hosting a Technology Petting Zoo on May 3rd at 10am. If you would like to have to showcase the tech side of your collection, click here.

Also, CATS Member at Large, James Hanson resigned. CATS is in the process of appointing a replacement for the remainder of his term.

SSD:  Roni Rauch reported.

Possibly having a workshop on Seed Library Program in April.

YASD:  Erika Irish reported.

Fran Romer Book Talk is on March 31st, guest speaker Eric Smith, registration deadline is March 24th. The joint Nassau-Suffolk BEST award will be given out on April 24th, there’s still time to nominate a teen that has made a significant contribution to library services.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

ANNUAL DINNER: Michele Cayea reported.

Happy that restrictions have been mostly lifted. Still early to book a venue but have fun ideas to implement this year.

ARCHIVES: Bruce Seger reported.

Continuing to digitize. Working on having an intern to help out.

Thanks to Sam for coordinating Advocacy day.

CIVIL SERVICE: Brian Schwartz reported.

I have reached out to someone from Civil Service about hosting a workshop about basic civil service questions and did not hear back (this was in January).  I have sent a second email as of yesterday, 3/17.  Will report more when I get some results.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Angela Breslin reported.

-Would like to combine a networking event with community service.

-Looking into local walks that SCLA can participate in as a group, for the summer.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Teri Hatred reported via email.

Status quo – have had several requests for reports. Please send all attendance sheets as soon as possible after your program so that the reports are as current as possible.  Thanks!

ELSA:  No report.

FANDOM OUTREACH COMMITTEE:  No report.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM:  Biran Schwartz reported. https://auburnpub.com/news/local/education/auburn-school-board-votes-to-keep-challenged-book-in-high-school-library/article_5a696b44-cf29-53ba-aea7-0baa5b02b08a.html

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/05/1084729621/how-to-spot-disinformation-and-propaganda-coming-out-of-the-ukraine-russia-confl

Here are two articles that I found to be interesting: one about a banned book that actually got voted to be kept, and the other about disinformation in the Russian/Ukrainian conflict.

LDA AWARD: Paula Bornstein reported via email.

March 31st is the closing date for receipt of LDA Award applicants’ information packets. The NCLA LDA committee chairs tell me that they have heard of individuals  interested in sponsoring candidates, but have yet to receive any packets.

LEGISLATIVE:  Samantha Alberts reported.

Colleagues thanks to everyone’s efforts the library community is in a strong position as we move to the end of the state budget cycle. (April 1st)  The governor, the Assembly and the Senate have each released their budget proposals.

Governor proposed budget

  • $96.1M in general Aid (up from $94.1 this year)
  • $14M in construction (down from $34M this year)
  • $150k distribution of Love Your Library funding

Assembly’s proposed budget

  • $106.1M Library Aid
  • $34M Library Construction
  • $1.25M Diversity Equity Inclusion Library Funds
  • Love Your Library: $150K
  • Digital Inclusion: Appropriation of $15M + Reapprop of $15M

The Senate’s proposed budget

  • $123M Library Aid
  • $45M Construction Aid
  • $1.2M DEI Library Efforts

Both the Assembly and Senate  proposals are better for libraries.  As we move closer to April 1st please be on the lookout for “calls to action”  from NYLA, as we may need to step up advocacy to ensure the “better” proposals are included in the budget.

LI LIBRARY CONFERENCE:  No report.

 LILPA:  Derek Ivie reported.

Registration for the Long Island Library Pride Alliance’s upcoming meeting “LGBTQIA+ Youth Advocacy with Jodie Patterson” is still open. It is taking place in-person at SCLS on Thursday, April 14th at 2PM. The board will be meeting this coming Monday, March 21st to discuss upcoming committee endeavors. They will be finalizing their next book club pick and scheduling a date in June to host a speaker from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital who will talk about LGBTQ+ health. Both these upcoming meetings will be held on Zoom.

LONG RANGE PLANNING/MARKETING:   No report.

MEMBERSHIP:  Angela Breslin reported.

Created a Google Form to send to the membership emails I have on file. This form allows members to choose who they want their emails sent to (Division wise) and allows us to start forming our own database, when we start our new paid membership next year.

Is it okay to send it out now?

NEWSLETTER: Lauren Strong reported via email.

If you have not submitted your blurbs for the April newsletter, please send them to me by Tuesday, March 22.

NOMINATING: Alex Blend reported.

Keep a lookout on nominations, looking into what system to use for voting.

SCHOLARSHIP: No report.

STUDENT OUTREACH: Carisse Mitchell reported on behalf of Colleen Navins.

Colleen has an idea for an SCLA Mentorship program for guidance for new library students on things like resumes. Could be a great opportunity to connect with new librarians.

WEB PAGE:  Stephen Ingram reported.

  • Continue to update SCLA.net, calendar and Facebook page with SCLA program information.
  • Renewed Zoom membership.
  • Continue to update SCLA WordPress and Division pages to latest versions of software.
  • Facebook insights: 927 followers
  • Google Analytics Behavior overview (page views):
  • February  699 views

LIAISONS:

CLASC: Erin Kanelos reported.

  • Our March book discussion of Too Bright to See was well received. We had FReadom present on their work protesting the banning of books.
  • Our Spring Annual Dinner featuring author Beth Ferry will be held on 4/6 @ the Stonebridge Country Club. More/registration Information here.
  • The May Celine Lieffrig New Book Seminar will be held 5/25 at the Islip Library – author Terri Libenson will join us to discuss her book, Remarkably Ruby. More information here.
  • Elections are almost finished. New officers will be installed at our Spring Annual Dinner. Information regarding the new president will be shared with the SCLA board in April.
  • Save the date for our Fall Youth Literature Conference – it will be held on October 13, 2022, with authors Rita Williams-Garcia and Bob Shea. Thank you to Derek and Darla for all your help!

LILRC: No report.

 NCLA: Kaysha Watson-Phillips reported.

Looking forward to working together and supporting each other through transitions and professional development series.

PLDA: No report.

SCLS: No report.

NYLA:  Ally Mercado reported. There was a NYLA Council meeting on Thursday, March 17. It was AnnaLee Dragon’s first council meeting as Executive Director of NYLA. Nominations for 2023 NYLA elected positions were voted on. AnnaLee Dragon gave an update on progress she is making while settling into her new role.

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE:

Angela Breslin: See above in Membership.

Michele Cayea: See above in Annual Dinner.

Thomas Vitale: No report.

Liz Hughes: Working on creating a survey to gauge people’s comfort levels for gatherings or what they’d like to attend. Hoping to get it out the second week of April.

OLD BUSINESS:   None

NEW BUSINESS:  None

The meeting was adjourned at 10:49am by Alex Blend. Seconded by Anthony Giansante.

Corrected and Approved
SCLA Minutes
Friday, April 15, 2022 -Virtual Meeting

IN ATTENDANCE: Samantha Alberts, Alex Blend, Rachel Cecchini, Patricia Cruz, Anthony Giansante, Rebecca Goldstein, Teri Hatred, Erika Irish, Erin Kanelos, Carisse Mitchell, Kate Regina, Ally Mercado, Brian Schwartz, Lauren Scottaline, Sally Stieglitz

CALL TO ORDER:   The meeting was called to order at 10:02 am by Alex Blend. Seconded by Anthony Giansante.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  None

Motion to approve March 2021 meeting minutes by Carisse Mitchell. Seconded by Anthony Giansante.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

  • Next meeting May 20th
  • Committee met with AnnaLee Dragon- aiming for separation from NYLA by July 1st, 2022
  • The Handbook of Committee charges was emailed by Carisse to everyone – Carisse & Alex reviewed it and made changes; positions involving NYLA (Liaison & Curator) are still to be discussed as well as who will manage the new listserv
  • Vendor Fair- Roger at SCLS asked us to put together a vendor fair since we haven’t had any in-person opportunities in 2 years; Carisse, Rebecca & Ally spoke with Roger. It’ll be an opportunity for people to network & get professional photos. It will take place from 10am-3pm, offering breakfast & lunch. Possibly have a community service opportunity for a donation drive.
  • Professional Development Series- will be taking place in the fall, the hope is to make it ongoing every year & it would clash with future Long Island Library Conference if it’s done in May.
  • Listserv Options – Alex has been researching and has found a couple of options, Google Groups (free, easy, downside that adding members with certain emails sometimes does not work) and WP Mailing Group Premium (through website). It was brought up to possibly use Slack or Discord.

Vote approved to update the payment amount for YASD program to $500.

TREASURER’S REPORT: The SCLA Board is working with AnnaLee Dragon, new Executive Director of NYLA, to determine how much money SCLA and our divisions have with NYLA. Please send me any reimbursement / disbursement requests you may have going forward.

DIVISION REPORTS:

DASL:  No report.

RASD:

  • Changes to the website including:
    • Highlighting our newsletter with a menu to match that of SCLA’s website
    • A cleanup of resources to reflect only newer items on our homepage
    • A new webpage to showcase the two awards available to adult services librarians who participate in marketing or outreach campaigns (https://scla.net/rasd/awards/)
  • Inclusion of all events and committee meetings on the SCLA calendar moving forward
  • We have several open committee positions so if you know of anyone please encourage them to reach out to Sal for details: sal@portjefflibrary.org 631-473-0022
    • Media Co-chair
    • PR & Marketing Chair and Co-chair

Upcoming Programs:

  • RASD NAC & MOSAIC Present: Ways that Libraries Can Serve Au Pairs

Tuesday, April 19, 10 am

  • LI Reads Presents: LI Reads Event

In-person and livestreamed on Crowdcast on Sunday, May 1, 2pm

Registration is now open honoring The Living and the Lost by Ellen Feldman. Tickets are free. Register here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 2:30 – 4:00 pm

CATS:

CATS is still in the process of appointing a replacement member at large; an appointment is expected in May. CATS also postponed the Technology Petting Zoo to the Fall.

SSD:  The Support Staff Division will be hosting an Earth Day program featuring gardening and seed libraries. It will on Friday, April 25th on Zoom in place of our monthly meeting from 2-3:30 pm.  Some of your favorite library staff from member libraries will be speaking about programs already in place at various libraries throughout Suffolk County to share the benefits and lessons learned of the seed libraries in our communities. We hope SSD members and non-members alike will join us. Each attendee will receive a special box with seeds, and surprises after the program through system to thank you for supporting us and these ideas.

SCLA SSD Seed Program | Suffolk Cooperative Library System (suffolklibrarysystem.org)

YASD:  Upcoming program Joint Meeting of Nassau & Suffolk YASD on 4/21 @ 2pm featuring Julie Buxbaum author of Year on Fire.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

ANNUAL DINNER: No report.

ARCHIVES: No report.

CIVIL SERVICE: Brian Schwartz reported: No updates.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Here are three local walks, I’d like to register SCLA for one of them:

  1. Relay for Life on 6/11/22, 5:00 pm at Smithtown HS
  2. Making Strides against Breast Cancer at Jones Beach on 10/16/22, 7:00 am
  3. Moving Day: Walk for Parkinson’s on 10/8/22, 10:00 am at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Status quo.  Please send in attendance sheets asap so reports are as current as possible.  Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation.

ELSA:  Brochure and posters have been updated and are being sent out and updated on website.

FANDOM OUTREACH COMMITTEE:  No report.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM:  Here are two articles, one about book banning being at an all time high in 2021: https://www.opb.org/article/2022/04/04/efforts-to-ban-books-jumped-an-unprecedented-four-fold-in-2021-ala-report-says/

And an article on disinformation:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/04/maria-ressa-disinformation-manipulation/629483/

LDA AWARD: I picked up the information packets submitted for four nominees, from Maryanne Linehan, NCLA LDA Award co-chair. I distributed them to the three committee members for SCLA. They will return their ballots to Maryanne by April 29th. The LDA Award will be presented virtually to one of these individuals on May 12th at 2:30 pm.

LEGISLATIVE:

No report at this time.

LI LIBRARY CONFERENCE:  No report.

LILPA:  The Long Island Library Pride Alliance Board met on Monday, March 21st. The group discussed upcoming offerings and future endeavors. At the end of March they released the first issue of their bi-monthly newsletter, LILPop. Every other month LILPA will release a new issue of LILPop that will look at what’s prominent on the LGBTQIA+ landscape, share news about up-and-coming queer projects in pop culture, and let folx know what LILPA programs are coming up. The LILPA Book Club meeting, that will be taking place online, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th at 2PM. In June, LILPA will be welcoming Dr. Eric Bella from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Edie Windsor Healthcare Center to present a workshop called “Addressing the Healthcare Needs of the LGBTQ+ Community”. This will be taking place on Zoom at 11AM.

LONG RANGE PLANNING/MARKETING: Steve Alcalde Will update in upcoming meetings.

MEMBERSHIP:

119 people have used our Google Form for SCLA membership.

I have shared the Google Sheet with all the Division Heads.

I presently still have access to the NYLA database of SCLA/Division membership.  Not accurate or up-to-date.

Any questions, please feel free to reach out to me: abreslin@connetquotlibrary.org

NEWSLETTER: Thank you to all of those that have contributed to the April newsletter. The next newsletter will be going out at the beginning of July. I’ll be in touch for blurbs in the beginning of June.

NOMINATING: Positions open: VP, Secretary & 2 Member-at-Large. Looking into software costs to hold elections (possibly Election Buddy, Wild Apricot)

SCHOLARSHIP:  Carisse Mitchell reported: Emma will be resigning, position is open.

STUDENT OUTREACH: Looking to expand the Student Outreach Committee once we separate from NYLA and get our footing. I would love to create a Mentorship program with the Library Schools with librarians throughout Suffolk County.  I will be available to speak about this at our next meeting and will reach out to Carisse with more details.

WEB PAGE:  No report.

LIAISONS:

CLASC:

  • Our spring dinner went great – we had author Beth Ferry join us, and she gave a wonderful presentation. Thank you for all who attended – it was so nice to see everyone in person again!
  • Our new officers were sworn in – Congratulations to Lauren Scottaline of East Islip who will be our new president, and Diane Darcy of Islip who is our new recording secretary.
  • We will be hosting a book discussion on Wednesday, May 25th at Islip Library on the book Remarkably Ruby. Author Terri Libenson will join us via zoom. See flyer here.
  • Save the date for the Youth Literature Conference on October 13th in Hauppauge. We will be joined by authors Rita Williams-Garcia and Bob Shea.

LILRC:

LILRC 2022 Annual Membership Meeting will be on June 14, 9am-1pm . We will be offering both an in-person and zoom (view only) option. The in-person event will be held at Brentwood Public Library, boxed breakfast will be provided.  Keynote: Pandit Dasa is a Mindful Leadership Expert, author and motivational speaker.

 The Regional Scan Center is available for members to convert materials to digital files. Please contact Mona Boyd (mboyd@lilrc.org) for any questions or  Complete the form to request an appointment to use the center.

Upcoming Events: Highlights

She Persisted! With Authors Christine Day and Kelly Starling Lyons

April 21, 2pm

Reducing Stress, Improving Mental Health

April 22,1pm

Wildlife Programs for Underserved Communities (Children’s Services)

May 9, 11am

Astrobiology for the Incarcerated: Bringing Transformational Science into Prisons

May 10, 2pm

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion in Planning and in Practice: 8th Annual Herbert Biblo Academic Libraries Conference– co presented with NCLA ASLD and SCLA DASL

May 12, 1pm

Processing a Donated Collection at Huntington Public Library

May 25, 9:30-3:30 in person

Registration for all events at lilrc.org/events

NCLA: No report.

PLDA: No report.

SCLS:

A van was purchased with a grant for digital literacy trainings

Check out upcoming online trainings.

  • Affordable Connectivity Program- info on stipend for internet connectivity

Vote approved to use the remainder of SCLA Annual Dinner money temporarily for division expenses.

NYLA:

Ally Mercado reported. NYLA Council held a special meeting yesterday to discuss recommendations from the Balanced Budget Task Force. Some recommendations include decreasing in person meetings (particularly Council) to reduce reimbursement for travel expenses, restructuring membership rates, and finding new sources of income beyond membership and conference. Additionally, NYLA is looking into separating out funds from their units that bring in large revenues from their individual conferences such as SSL and YSS. Kelly Harris, NYLA Treasurer, reported these recommendations to NYLA Council.

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE:

Angela Breslin: See above in Membership.

Michele Cayea: See above in Annual Dinner.

Thomas Vitale: No report.

Liz Hughes: No report.

OLD BUSINESS:   None

NEW BUSINESS:  None

The meeting was adjourned at 11:06am by Alex Blend. Seconded by Ally Mercado and Anthony Giansante.