Thank you to those who attended and presented at our virtual conference on Friday, October 16! Keep an eye on this page for details about our NEXT Annual Conference in October 2021.
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2020 Virtual Conference Program
10 to 10:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks
10:15 to 11 a.m.: Keynote Address from New York State Senator Rachel May
Senator Rachel May represents Central New York’s 53rd District, which includes most of the City of Syracuse, parts of Onondaga and Oneida counties, and all of Madison County. She chairs the Senate Committee on Aging and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, and is a member of the committees on agriculture, elections, environmental conservation, higher education, and Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation.
As a freshman legislator, Senator May was instrumental in passing transformative legislation, including comprehensive election reforms, tenant-centered housing reforms, unprecedented criminal justice reform, and the nation’s most ambitious climate legislation. She worked hard to bring the people of Central New York into the process of decision-making in Albany, by holding a record number of legislative hearings in and focused on the region, including hearings on the Climate Leadership and Community Preservation Act, rural broadband, farm labor rights, health care for all, and upstate nursing home issues during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, she has brought her downstate colleagues to Central New York for roundtables on opioid addiction treatment and prevention, minority and women-owned businesses, and childcare and child welfare. She also sponsored and passed into law a bill to create the first regional STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) school for Central New York, which is currently under construction in the City of Syracuse.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, she has been a vigorous supporter of home care workforce initiatives, expanded funding for in-home care programs, the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, and nursing home accountability. She has sponsored bills to create a Reimagining Long Term Care Task Force, authorize a family caregiver tax credit, and create a home care jobs innovation fund to support workforce growth.
A resident of Syracuse, Senator May had a successful career in higher education prior to running for public office. She started out as a professor of Russian language and literature at Stony Brook University, where she was a proud member of UUP, before earning tenure at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She moved to Syracuse in 2001 and retrained in ecology and sustainability, becoming director of sustainability education at Syracuse University.
Senator May earned a master’s degree from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship and a Ph.D. in Russian language and literature from Stanford University. She also earned a master’s degree from SUNY-ESF. She and her husband, a professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, have one daughter who recently graduated from Cornell University.
11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Virtual Outreach – Socially Distant but Still Reaching Our Community
Join us for a panel who will discuss their experience with virtual outreach during this time of closed doors and social distancing. We’ll discuss their initial responses, successes and failures over the past months, what they consider their best practices, and what they envision for the future.
- Nancy Howe – Assistant Director, Baldwinsville Public Library
- Sheryl Soborowski – Librarian, Olean Public Library
- Mary Zawacki – Executive Director, Schenectady County Historical Society
12 to 1 p.m.: Lunch Break!
1 to 1:45 p.m.: New York State Library: Here to Serve Every New Yorker
Librarians from the New York State Library will provide an overview of tools, resources, and services available through the New York State Library, including the Talking Book and Braille Library, NOVELny online databases, and a renowned research library collection with extensive legal and genealogy materials. Research and Outreach librarians are available to help you connect your library to the State Library’s unique resources.
2 to 2:15 p.m.: Business Meeting & Library Awards!
2:30 to 3:15 p.m.: CLRC New Initiatives Grant Recipient Lightning Talks!
- Biking by the Book
- Jennine Bloomquist – Librarian, Camden Middle School
- Nature Discovery Backpacks @ Your Libraries
- Carol Johnson –Branch Manager, Onondaga County Public Library
- Stop Motion Video Creative Animation
- April Bliss & Kim Rudwall – Dunham Public Library
- Art in Conversation
- Erin Cassidy – Assistant Director of Technology, Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville
- New Media: The Silent Generation
- Mary Klucznik – Library Media Specialist & Teacher, Chittenango High School