NYLINK Annual Meeting

June 21, 2010 | News

The annual meeting of Nylink, a non-profit membership organization serving libraries in New York, was held at the Fashion Institute of Technology in June. The topic for the day was “Innovative Patterns for Success: Tailoring Technology Trends to Fit Your Library.”

            The meeting’s featured speakers included Kevin Reiss, university systems librarian, and Angela Sidman, resources librarian, CUNY Office of Library Services, who presented “Open Source & Out-of-the Box: Building Digital Collections With Omeka.” Sidman and Reiss spoke about a pilot project of the Metropolitan New York Library Council’s  to create an open-source digital collections directory with the Omeka web-publishing platform. Their discussion of Omeka included an analysis of its record-creation process and the possibility of expanding its core functionality by adding plug-ins. (Read their published paper here: http://dlib.org/dlib/march10/kucsma/03kucsma.html)

            Sarah Rofosfsky Marcus, electronic and web resources librarian at Queensborough Community College spoke about the learning styles of students, who access knowledge through a variety of media (“Different Styles, Different Formats”). To be effective, librarians must familiarize themselves with formats that go beyond just books and know how students use them. “If librarians accept the different styles by which patrons learn, then they must be open to the varied formats needed to provide the information,” she said. “Whether the information comes in an e-book, database with audio capabilities or a book, we as librarians must raise knowledge of these services and formats.”

            Lehman College’s speakers—Rajeev Jayadeva, instructional technologies librarian, Stefanie Havelka, electronic and web resources librarian, Jennifer King, science librarian, and Adelaide Soto, access services librarian—each talked about Leonard Lief’s Library’s electronic book initiatives (“Leonard Lief LIbrary Sony Reader Program: Leading CUNY in Digital Media Technology”). Library faculty also conducted a poster session on the Sony Reader Program. Topics covered included the importance of eReaders in libraries and advantages of Sony Reader, how to use the Reader, finding eBook content, lending, publicity and future plans.