Awesome Shit Happening at NYLA – 4th Edition

It’s librarian migration season again, and where are we headed this year but Rochester New York?! Once again we gather together to think deep thoughts. And also have fun, yes?

Guess what? ULU has a booth!

That’s right, we have so much stuff going on this year that we figured we couldn’t tell you about all of it without a booth!

Pop by and visit us at Booth 14 to learn all about what ULU has going on now, and the amazing things that are coming up next!

Our raffle is the best raffle

So we convinced our fearless leader, Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen to let us raffle off the opportunity to pie him in the face! Yay! Drop by our booth to buy a raffle ticket!

One ticket = $3
Four tickets = $10
Ten tickets = $20

Monthly ULU donors get a free raffle ticket!!


Let’s get to the important bits first yes?

NYLA Afterhours – Stupid Librarian Tricks

Center City Lounge @ The Hyatt
November 8, 2018

  • What is your party trick that nobody knows about?
  • Are you a yodeler, a yo-yoer, or a yoloer?
  • Can you recite all 50 states in two minutes or less? Spin a plate? Play the ukulele?

This is NOT a talent show, this is a chance for you to share those special abilities that nobody knows are hidden in the library.

Drop ins are welcome but if you want to let us know what you have in store for the crowd so we can wear extra socks (to cover for the ones you will be knocking us out of) please catch us at the conference or email us here

As usual this Late night party is a fundraiser. This year we will be collecting money to support a bookdrive that ULU is doing for unaccompanied minors in detention in Yonkers NY. It’s a great cause and a great facility and every penny donated will go directly to putting books into the hands of kids who were picked up at the border.

NYLA presents Battle Decks!
Friday, November 9
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Not  a party, but as fun as a party! Improv meets public speaking: courageous volunteers tackle a live presentation based on PowerPoints slides that they have NEVER seen before. Hilarity will ensue. This is a free event.


Are you looking for the best time you have ever had at a library conference?  If so, you won’t be disappointed by coming to the NY4BL KARAOKE and DRAG SHOW 2018!
Come to the party, sing, listen, clap, drink, be amazed and awed…it’s all part of the NY4BL Karaoke and Drag Show 2018! Experience.

Friday, November 9th at 140 Alex Bar & Grill, located at 140 Alexander Street. Karaoke begins at 9:30 pm, followed by the best drag show in Rochester at 11 pm.
Tickets are $20 in advance for regular admission, or $100 for VIP admission (VIPs receive drink tickets and a custom t-shirt). Admission will also be available at the door for $25

Sessions That Sound Awesome


9:00 – 10:15 AM
Our Voices Together: How Conversations Create Change
Leah Esguerra & Jennifer Keys

In 2009, the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Department of Public Health entered into an innovative program that started with an unusual partnership. This pairing resulted in the placement of a licensed social worker, Leah Esguerra at the Main Library to link homeless patrons to housing and social services. Collaborative efforts between an urban public library and community-based organizations were instrumental in achieving new breakthroughs with an underserved population of patrons that librarians traditionally struggled to assist. Plus, a job-training component was added, providing opportunities for people who were formerly homeless to return to the workforce.

4:00 – 5:15 PM

Engaging Your Community
NYS has libraries that serve some of the smallest and largest communities in the country. We will discuss ideas and different approaches to help your library connect with varied constituencies.

Brian Hasbrouck, Brooklyn Public Library
Thomas Vitale, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Uniondale Public Library

Bringing Library Literacy to Classroom Teachers
Learn about a successful model to teach fundamental library, research, and information literacy skills to preK-12 educators by offering professional development programming out of your library.

Amy Mikel, Brooklyn Public Library
Carolyn Bennett Glauda, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council


8:30 – 9:45 AM
Serving Refugees: Working Together as a Community
Maplewood Community Library collaborates with various community partners that serve refugees. Learn about the many programs and services that are available in the Rochester area for that vulnerable population.

Evanna DiSalvo, Maplewood Community Library

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Discovery Through Literacy and Science

Literacy and science are both gateways to knowledge and understanding. Their synthesis nurtures curiosity, exploration and confidence in learners. Brain-building is accomplished through innovative programming, materials, and unique assessment strategies.

Indira Mukherjee, Queens Library
Lynn Cole, Queens Library
Mary Blieka, Queens Library

2:15 – 3:00PM
Conversation with a Bunch of Millennials **ULU Sponsored Program**
Explore the hottest topics hitting your feeds with a panel of millennials and learn how to engage in discussions about social justice while bypassing voyeuristic dialogues.

Jhani Miller, Urban Librarians Unite
Anastasia Chiu, Stony Brook University
Christina Gavin, Herbert H. Lehman HS

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Libraries are for Everyone
As institutions and community hubs, libraries should always be striving to be more inclusive and welcoming to ALL members of their community by providing a welcoming environment, resources, information, and programming. This also includes providing learning opportunities and conversations so that community members can learn about each other and the world at large.

Andrea Snyder, Pioneer Library System


9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Libraries Respond to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Engage with library leaders and learn how New York State libraries are responding to the opioid overdose epidemic. This panel discussion will include representatives from public, school and academic libraries.

Frank Rees, New York State Library, Division of Library Development
Thomas Vitale, Chautauqua-Cattaragus Library System
Matt Pfisterer, Middletown Thrall Library