Professional Development Series 2021

Join us for the 2021 Professional Development Series, sponsored by SCLA, NCLA and CLASC. Spread throughout the month of May, these remote programs and events are free to all to view. Please join us for these informative programs our organizations have put together.

Manga & Anime 101
Wednesday, May 5th. 2 p.m.
60 minutes     
Learn about manga and anime for children, teens, and adults with experts Patrick Risolo & James Grzybowski. Topics will include the most popular series, great series that are lesser known, age appropriateness, and girl-centric series. This program is sponsored by the YASD Boards of Nassau and Suffolk.

SCLA / RASD / Career & Business Reference Committee
Online Resources for Small Businesses
Thursday, May 6, 3 p.m.
60 minutes
Come and learn about online resources that librarians can use to support local businesses. Presented by Alex Blend from the Miller Business Center of the Middle Country Public Library.

Using Technology For Fitness & Wellness
Friday, May 7, 10 a.m.
60 minutes                 
Join technology librarians Alison Mirabella and Anthony Giansante for an overview of popular wellness and fitness services. In this one-hour lecture, we’ll discuss wearables, IOT devices and popular apps such as Headspace, MyFitnessPal and more.

Sharing your Stories from the Front Line: Academic Librarians and the Pandemic
Friday, May 7th, 12 p.m.
60 minutes     
A roundtable event: Sharing your Stories from the Front Line: Academic Librarians and the Pandemic.  Stop by and let’s use this opportunity to learn from each other and talk about what’s happening in our libraries. This event is open to all who have an interest in academic or special libraries.  Since this is an informal networking event, no CEU’s will be offered.

So You Want To Join A Professional Organization
Tuesday, May 11th 2:30 p.m.
60 minutes
Tune in with Katie Brand, Joanne Browning, Rachel Cecchini and Lauren Scottaline as they share their experience in volunteering on and running for a Board of a professional organization, hosting meetings as part of a professional committee, and working on a professional-based conference. Their unique experiences and backgrounds are sure to provide insight into the commitment and expectations of a county-level professional organization.

SCLA Executive Board
Suffolk County Civil Service Update
Wednesday, May 12, 10 a.m.
60 minutes     
Cheryl Caniano and Kim Snyder of Suffolk County Civil Service will lead this presentation. They will provide updates from Suffolk County Civil Service, how the process of being pulled from a list works, and general strategies for taking the multiple-choice Librarian I and II exams.

NCLA / Library Staff of Color Committee
Read Woke Challenge
Thursday, May 13th, 9:30 a.m.
60 minutes     
Cicely Lewis, creator of the Read Woke Challenge, will share her inspirational story of how she came up with the Read Woke Challenge and give us the tools we need to start the challenge at our own libraries.

Be Our Guest at the Desk:  Delivering Five-Diamond Customer Service in Libraries
Tuesday, May 18, 10 a.m.
60 minutes                 
When it comes to customer service, libraries are not all that different from the hospitality industry. Join Outreach Librarian Alicia Collumbell and Assistant Director Wendy Bennett for this fun and interactive talk on delivering top-notch customer service, utilizing techniques borrowed from the hotel industry. Learn how to apply these tools to your everyday interactions, along with tips on navigating delicate situations for when patrons do not come to you at their best.

SCLA / RASD / Outreach Committee
Pathways for At Risk Adults: Literacy, Education and Career Training Programs
Tuesday, May 18, 2 p.m.
60 minutes
Eastern Suffolk BOCES provides services from birth through adulthood.  In this workshop, learn how Eastern Suffolk BOCES can provide a variety of workshops for the patrons of your community for a nominal fee.  Learn about programs that include Early Intervention, Special Education programs for pre-k-12th grade, Secondary Career and Technical Education Programs, Adult Literacy and Career and Technical Education, and Summer Enrichment Programs for Middle School students.  We also offer workshops that can be designed based on specific needs of your community that include Teaching Reading to Your Child, Preparing for a Change of Career, and Helping your Disabled Family Member Navigate their Education.  This workshop will be interactive and provide librarians with a wealth of new information.

NCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
Dr. Seuss: Cut Him Loose?
Wednesday, May 19 at 2:00 pm.
60 minutes
Join the Intellectual Freedom Committee for a program during our May Professional Development series hosted by NCLA, SCLA and CLASC. A panel of librarians will discuss the issues involving intellectual freedom, collection development and programming which arose from recent controversy related to Dr. Seuss’ (Theodore Geisel) and other materials.

SCLA Executive Board
Networking Night
Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.
60 minutes
Come one, come all! Join us on zoom for some fun and exciting virtual games.  Play a round of Scattergories hosted by SCLA’s game guru Brian Schwartz, followed by a hilarious scavenger hunt! With plenty of time for networking and laughs this is sure to be a night to remember.  Prizes will be awarded!

Carol Fitzgerald: Best Bets and Sleeper Hits of Summer 2021:Books your Adult Patrons Will Ask For
Thursday, May 20 10:15 a.m.
60 minutes
Sharpen your readers advisory and collection development skills as Carol Fitzgerald of   highlights  Adult fiction and non-fiction titles that promise to be the hits of Summer 2021.