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 10am

Location: Sachem Public Library

Click here to register.

Anthony Giansante ​(he/him/his)
Digital Services & Makerspace Librarian
CATS President
Half Hollow Hills Community Library
55 Vanderbilt Pkwy.
Dix Hills, NY  11746

RASD Annual Luncheon

RASD Annual Luncheon

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In person at the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library Boxed lunch provided by Mademoiselle Café

Lunch option required at registration

Speaker: Michael Coritsidis
Self-Improvement/Career and Public Speaking Coach

Public Speaking as an Effective Communication Tool
An effective Public Speaker/Communicator can motivate, inform and influence others personally and professionally. This presentation will help us transform from “fearful to fearless.”


Pay online with a credit card or pay by check
Checks payable to: SCLA (RASD in the memo) and sent to Bayport-Blue Point Public Library, Attn: Wendy Bennett or brought to the event
Deadline to register: Wednesday, November 23

Join your colleagues and earn 2 professional development hours.

Cost: $15

Questions? Contact: Jessica Giannetti, West Babylon Public Library: or 631-669-5445

LILPA Mock Stonewall Workshop

December 8th

Join the Long Island Library Pride Alliance for the virtual Mock Stonewall Award Workshop!

Together, attendees will discuss the eight chosen titles that cover picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult novels in regard to the Award’s criteria.

After, voting will commence and a winner and honor titles will be chosen.

Click here to register”

RASD Health Concerns Committee Breakfast

Health Concerns Committee

Reference and Adult Services Division of SCLA Annual Breakfast!

Substance Abuse & Suffolk County: Information & Resources for Library Workers

Presented By Patricia Ferrandino, Family Service League

Tuesday, November 8, 9:30am

SCLS Auditorium – 627 Sunrise Hwy, Bellport

Join us for breakfast and a special presentation by Patricia Ferrandino, LCSW-R from Family Service League to learn about the current circumstances of substance abuse in Suffolk County. She will provide background information about different popular substances that are often abused, as well as the resources that are available across the county that library workers can refer people to for assistance.

1 hour of professional development will be credited to attendees

Contact: Stephanie DiChiara ~ or Karen Sonnessa ~ with any questions!

[SCLA] CATS, CLASC, and YASD Present: Tween Maker Faire!

Hi All,

CATS, CLASC, and YASD will be running its first ever Maker Faire! This faire will be open to all librarians, but will mainly focus on the tween population.

We are looking for libraries that would be interested in manning a table during the faire to display any technology related items that would be appropriate for tweens. We would also welcome anyone willing to share Makerspace or STEAM programming as well. Our goal is to have librarians come together to network and become familiar with new technologies that they could possibly order for their collection.

Please fill out the Google Form if your library would be interested in having a table at the event to showcase what they offer. The Google Form must be received no later than November 1, 2022.

To register for this event, Click here. To apply for a table Click here

The deadline to register and/or apply for a table is November 1, 2022.

Please contact Lauren Tellerman, LIBRARYLAUREN1001@GMAIL.COM for questions regarding table reservations and Lauren Strong, LAUREN.STRONG@RIVERHEADLIBRARY.ORG for registration questions

Anthony Giansante ​(he/him/his)

Digital Services & Makerspace Librarian
CATS President
Half Hollow Hills Community Library
55 Vanderbilt Pkwy.
Dix Hills, NY  11746

2022 Professional Development Series

This series of educational programs for library professionals across Long Island is a collaboration between CLASC, NCLA & SCLA. Programs are open to all library staff at no charge & presented virtually via Zoom.

Reference Solutions by Data Axle: Applying Tools & Data for Superior Results (RASD)

Tuesday, September 20 | 2:30 – 3:15pm

Reference Solutions offers a wide-variety of data used often by businesses, entrepreneur’s, students, researchers, and job hunters. Learn about some of these use cases and the tools that can be used to provide you with the end results you desire or need. Please contact Nicole Berroyer at or Alex Blend at with any questions.

Do Not Be Afraid: Putting Together a Culturally Sensitive Program (NCLA)

Tuesday, September 20 | 10:00 am

Find ways to celebrate cultural diversity and provide opportunities for creating bridges of understanding. During this event, panelists will share their knowledge and expertise through a lively, interactive discussion on culturally sensitive programming that accurately reflects cultural perspectives of diverse communities.

Community Service that Actually Benefits the Community (YASD)

Friday, September 23 | 3:00 – 3:45pm

We all know that teens are constantly looking for community service. Instead of just having them do something to do something we will be discussing community service ideas that actually serve the community in which they live. Presented by the YASD Board.

Navigating Consumer Health Information (RASD)

Thursday, September 29 | 2:30 – 3:15pm

Instructor: Jessica Koos, MLS, MSEd, AHIP Navigating consumer health information can be a daunting task, but fear not! This class will give you the skills and confidence you need in order to provide reliable resources to patrons and loved ones! This train-the-trainer model will introduce how to effectively use various websites and tools in the following areas: general consumer health, local health information, and up-to-date COVID-19 data. Tips and tricks for identifying misinformation will also be covered. Join us, and learn how to lead your community along the right path to better health! Please contact Stephanie DiChiara at or Sal Filosa at with any questions.

How to Select and Maintain Interior Finishes for Libraries (NCLA)

Friday, September 30 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Library staff of all departments can learn how to select and maintain interior finishes to best suit their library needs. Presented by Pansy Cheng, Mei Wo Design.

Save the Date!

Thursday, September 29 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location TBD – Hosted by Brian Schwartz

Join your fellow librarians for a lively evening of trivia and tasty pizza. Don’t pass up this great opportunity to meet new people and connect with other library professionals from different areas of Long Island! FREE & open to all library staff.

CLASC and CATS presents Women and Technology in Libraries Panel

Join CLASC and CATS as we welcome a panel of women library personnel from various facets of the library industry to discuss the joys, hardships, and hurdles of being woman technology experts in the field. Refreshments will be served and CEUs will be awarded. To register, click here or on the link in the flyer.

Date: Thursday September 22nd  6:30 – 8:30

Sachem Public Library
150 Holbrook Rd, Holbrook, NY 11741

Anthony Giansante ​(he/him/his)

Digital Services & Makerspace Librarian

CATS President

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

55 Vanderbilt Pkwy.

Dix Hills, NY  11746 (631)498-1242

RASD Local History Committee’s Programmers Showcase, 9/15/2022



10:00 AM- 1:00 PM




Committee as it presents its annual Programmers Showcase, in-person. This event provides an opportunity for local history programmers to share information about the programs they can offer to the public at libraries and other similar institutions.


Contact Caren Zatyk, Committee Chair, at

Please RSVP by 9/8/2022 to: