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Pre-recorded May 2023

Artificial Intelligence is being implemented across industries, including our own.  As we discover the benefits, we also need to be aware of the issues of discrimination and ethics that artificial intelligence technology still has to navigate.  

AI Now is a think tank whose work ranges from analyzing how “dirty data” impact predictive systems to examining how discrimination and inequality in the AI sector are replicated in AI technology.  Join us to hear thoughts on AI technology from Dr. West, the managing director of the AI Now Institute

Dr. West leads several AI Now research projects, including Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race and Power in AI. She co-designed AI Now’s Gender, Race, and Power in AI and Labor research agendas.


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

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.

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

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 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

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 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

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

Professional Development 1/2 Hour

Libraries Nourish Training: Accessible Library Services. This presentation was recorded May 13, 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: Hunger Solutions NY (SNAP and WIC).  This presentation was recorded April 14, 2022.

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: Nassau/Suffolk Law Services.  This presentation was recorded June 16, 2022.

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

Libraries Nourish Training: Recognize the Signs of Human Trafficking.  This presentation was recorded January 27, 2022.

This initiative is designed to provide continuing education for library staff, an opportunity to earn CEU’s when attending the Libraries Nourish trainings (either live or recorded sessions), and to create a county-wide library advocacy tool, to use when promoting your library.

Recorded October 21, 2022

Please join us for a VIRTUAL program highlighting the vocational rehabilitation services available through ACCES-VR. Doreen Nobile, Business Relations Representative from ACCES-VR (Adult Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) a State and Federally funded agency under the NYS Department of Education will give an overview of eligibility and services. The agency’s primary goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation and career development. Their vision is that all individuals with disabilities who want to work will have the opportunity to achieve employment and independence. Doreen’s presentation will be followed by a presentation from the Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO), highlighting their Peer Support Services for people with disabilities.

Join presenters Annalea Trask and Giuseppina Caravella, from the Stony Brook Cancer Center, Office for Community Outreach and Engagement, to learn how libraries can help their communities take action against cancer. The speakers will discuss ideas for programs and events highlighting prevention and services. They will focus on the most common cancer in the United States, skin cancer, as Suffolk County has the highest number of skin cancer cases in NYS. Learn how your library can go Sun Safe this summer, with Stony Brook’s Cancer Prevention in Action program.

Please join us for a presentation by Andrea Nangle, Patient and Community Outreach Manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Ms. Nangle will share information about resources and support services available from LLS, for people living with blood cancers. Ms. Nangle is also very interested in working with public libraries to share information by hosting a table at your library, attending health care events in your community and providing materials/programming for your patrons.

This session will provide information on how to differentiate between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationship behaviors. How to use strategies to support people experiencing abuse. To learn about The Retreat’s free and confidential services. Join presenters Courtney Hyland, Associate Director of Education and Michelle Navarro-Sanchez, Bilingual Prevention Education and Outreach Specialist, for The Retreat’s. empowering workshop series dedicated to fostering safety and support in the face of domestic and sexual violence. The four-part virtual series will offer invaluable insights into differentiating between healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, recognizing various forms of abuse, and understanding the complex dynamics that impact survivors. Delve into strategies for providing crucial support to those in need while discovering The Retreat's free and confidential services. Whether it's addressing teen dating violence, building community awareness, or creating a network of local resources, these workshops empower participants to contribute to a safer, more supportive society. Join us in making a positive impact in our community by attending this workshop series!

Libraries Nourish Training: PSEGLI Programs and Services for Customers in Need.  This presentation was recorded October 13, 2022. Programs and Services cover 2022/2023

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

Libraries Nourish Training: S.A.V.E. Veteran Suicide Prevention. This presentation was recorded March 10, 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 Scottlisa.benzscott@stonybrook.edu.

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

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

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

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

Explore what effective customer service means for our patrons and what we can do to provide it. We will go through some scenarios, many from a for-profit situation, but we will link them back to the public library.

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