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    Facebook Live has become popular for hosting library events as we explore new programming norms.  How can we make the most of the Facebook experience for our patrons?  What are the best ways to share and market within the platform, and what options are available?  Please join us for an informative Q&A so you can get the most out of your Facebook Live events.

    About the Presenter:

    Noah Reed worked at Facebook for four years where he did social media data analysis. He is currently a social media and marketing freelancer as he finishes his degree in Business Entertainment focusing on marketing and design. Noah is also the cohost of the FANtom Zone podcast which is released bi-weekly and focuses on comics in its many forms. He is a host, editor, marketer, producer, and social media guru for the podcast. The FANtom Zone can be found wherever podcasts are available!

    This course is an introduction to misinformation and disinformation during the time of coronavirus. Developed in conjunction with Suffolk County's League of Women Voters.


    How accessible is your website? How does the current state of social media stack up in terms of accessibility?  This online presentation will provide practical information on how libraries can make their websites accessible and how to make social media more accessible by recommending third party tools for users as well as best practices for library staff who are content creators for library social media.

    Presenters: Walei Sabry NYC & Willa Armstrong, NYPL

    Recorded presentation on May 5, 2021

    Laura Solomon for Infopeople 

    Gain an understanding of which guidelines are used to measure website accessibility in the United States, and how to begin to evaluate your own library's site for potential issues. 

    Topics for this webinar include:

    • What accessibility means in a web context, and how it differs from web usability
    • Legal issues surrounding web accessibility and how these can affect libraries;
    • National and international standards commonly used for accessibility evaluations, and which to use, when
    • An introduction to automated validators and what they can and cannot do;
    • Actual code examples for both good and bad implementations of some common HTML elements

    April 2021 Recording

    Suffolk Library patrons have new resources to access! Learn about both JobNow and VetNow - two products created by Brainfuse. JobNow is a suite of services and powerful tools to help users in every step of their job search. By using JobNow patrons have access to resume assistance, career planning, interview coaching, and more. Through VetNow patrons can receive online support for Veterans including a benefits navigator, job tools, and college prep skills resources. Join experts from HelpNow as they show attendees all aspects of the two new tools.

    This pre-recorded presentation is from the Adult and Information Services meeting on November 12, 2020

    This pre-recorded presentation provides concrete examples of how Linked Data is enhancing patrons' discovery of library materials today using tool like Google and an explanation of how library staff can use existing linked data tools to enhance the library's own web services.


    Mitch Tobol from CGT Marketing LLC will discuss social media marketing during the time of COVID-19 and self-quarantine.  Mitch not only manages business social media accounts he instructs small business on how to manage their own social media presence for Hofstra’s small business courses.  Learn some best practices from a leader in social media marketing. 

    Adult and Information Services meeting January 21, 2021 presentation on Patron Authentication Options

    Maureen McDonald - Special Projects Supervisor

    Ellen Nasto - Technology & Electronic Resources Supervisor

    Nicole Turzillo - ILS System Administrator

    This pre-recorded presentation is from the Adult and Information Services meeting on February 11, 2021.  The presenters discuss the Plain Sight Project


    Andrea Meyer, Long Island Collection, East Hampton Library
    David Rattray, Editor, East Hampton Star

    We can’t predict the future, yet we do it all the time. We organize events, trips, projects, days, weeks, and years. We plan to buy a home, build a career, learn to dance, teach a class, or get in shape. Our ability to model the world as it is and might be is a gift, but mental time travel is also really hard. Fortunately, since planning is a skill, everyone from playful improviser to rigorous planner can improve, and that’s the aim of this talk. Along the way, we’ll cover: the principles and practices of nonlinear planning; how to grow and sustain hope with willpower and waypower; when to pivot or persist with paths, goals, values, and metrics; how artificial intelligence is poised to transform what we plan; and the relationship between planning and information architecture. If you hate planning, maybe you’re doing it wrong.  Learn how to organize the future by balancing chaos and control, and  find the best way to do so for you. 
    Speaker: Peter Morville. 

    Recorded presentation on April 6, 2021

    Janie Hermann for Infopeople 

    As libraries closed their physical spaces in response to COVID-19 and CDC recommendations for physical distancing, library staff pivoted quickly to transform their services and to move public programming to digital platforms. Creating and hosting meaningful and engaging programs in a virtual environment provides many unique opportunities to engage audiences in new ways. However, it also presents a new set of challenges.


    Samantha DiGiacomo, Head of Adult Services from Port Jefferson Public Library, will discuss how the library's newly implemented online reference service using phone and chat is working. She will describe the roll out and challenges they have faced in the last week .

    Elizabeth Malafi Coordinator for Adult Services and the Miller Business Center Middle Country Public Library will discuss best practices for taking programming online.

    This course is an introduction to wearing and using personal protect equipment like mask and gloves utilizing video content made available by health agencies.

    This course is the first in our EDI and Social Justice series.  This module covers specific terms that will be used through this series of workshops.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This course is the second in our EDI Social Justice series.  Learn what implicit bias is and how that effects diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This course is the third in our EDI Social Justice series.  We will delve deeper into defining what diversity means and how does inclusion relates to diversity.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    The forth in our JEDI training series, this microaggressions training provides library examples and tips to help you avoid perpetrating a microaggression.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This course is the fifth in an EDI Social Justice series. Learn the definition and explore examples of systemic racism.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This is the sixth (and final) training in this EDI Social Justice series.  Terms will be reviewed as well as how to continue your personal growth.

    Professional Development 1/2 Hour

    This course is the first in an a foundational series for staff working on digital inclusion projects.  The module covers the concepts of privacy and security.

    Course Length: 10mins

    Libraries Nourish Training: Accessible Library Services. This presentation was recorded May 13, 2021.

    Libraries Nourish Training: S.A.V.E. Veteran Suicide Prevention. This presentation was recorded March 10, 2022.

    Libraries Nourish Training: Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Resources re-recorded 4-20-2021. Original presentation April 8, 2021.

    Libraries Nourish Training: Evidence-Based Health Resources for Public Librarians. This presentation was recorded February 4, 2021.

    Libraries Nourish Training: Health and Welfare Council of Long Island. This presentation was recorded April 22, 2021.

    Libraries Nourish Training:  Long Island Against Domestic Violence. This presentation was recorded June 17, 2021. 

    Libraries Nourish Training: Mental Health Resources and Services in Suffolk County.  This presentation was recorded January 12, 2021.

    Libraries Nourish Training: National Library Service Talking Book Program. This presentation was recorded March 11, 2021.

    Libraries Nourish Training: Nutrition Resources for Your Community.  This presentation was recorded August 27, 2020.

    Libraries Nourish Training: Public Libraries and the Benefits of Community Partnerships.  This presentation was recorded January 21, 2021.

    Libraries Nourish Training: Suffolk County Department of Labor Resources and Programs.  This presentation was recorded March 25, 2021.

    Libraries Nourish Training: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors. This presentation was recorded May 19, 2022.

    This recording is intended as information for the public libraries of Long Island only; distribution of any kind outside of the Long Island public libraries must be with permission only with the intended purpose stated in a request sent to Dr. Lisa Benz

    Libraries Nourish Training: Veterans Programs and Services.  This presentation was recorded November 17, 2020.

    Professional Development: up to 9 Hours

    This course has synchronous and asynchronous learning elements.  To earn all the PD hours available you must participate in all elements of the course.

    Every week (for 3 weeks) we will read or watch a presentation. On the dates below we will get together and discuss the readings.

    What is covered:
    July 12 : Introduction to Teen Behavior or yes, the teen brain is different.
    July 19: Reader's Advisory and Reference Service for Teens.
    July 26: Supporting and Advocating for Teens: what your colleagues in teen services wish you knew.

    Synchronous schedule:
    July 8: meet online 9:30AM - 10:30AM
    July 16: meet online 10AM - 11AM
    July 21: meet online 10AM - 11:30AM
    July 28: meet online 10AM - 11:30AM


    This course is for Adult Services librarian who provide support or services to teens.

    Professional Development: up to 12 Hours

    This course has synchronous and asynchronous learning elements.  To earn all the PD hours available you must participate in all elements of the course.

    Every 2 weeks (for 8 weeks) we'll either listen to a recording of a discussion with an RA expert  or watch an online presentation.  We will read popular genres and discuss the aspects of the genres.  At the end of the course you will be asked for some reading suggestions based on characteristics of the genre just studies or a specific titles.  You will need to devote at least 3 hours every 2 weeks as well as be ready to read some books from a genre you usually don't read.

    What is covered:
    March 15: Introduction to RA and Why RA Matters
    March 29: The Reader's Advisory Interview  
    April 12: Genres
    April 26: Genres

    Synchronous schedule:
    March 15: meet online 9:30AM - 10:30AM
    April 12: meet online 10AM - 11AM
    April  26: meet online 10AM - 11:30AM