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You won't want to miss our 50th Anniversary Conference to be held July 14-18, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Rochester, New York. See the Registration Form for pricing and full details on the workshops, pre- and post-conference tours and other exciting things to see in the Rochester area. Please be aware that the hotel can only guarantee our conference rates until June 21, so be sure to make your reservation before then.

Please Note: The schedule of workshops has been revised. If you registered before June 3 (or use an older form), we will let you know when the workshops you selected are being presented.

Workshops for CSLA 50th Anniversary Conference - Revised Schedule

Sunday, July 16, 2:30 PM

1A: Jim Anderson – Improve Your Library. A hands-on, interactive workshop with answers to specific concerns about your congregational library. Handouts are included for areas such as promotions, updating the collection, gaining funds for operating costs, and volunteers and how to keep them, together with other ideas to improve your library program. (formerly 4A)
1B: John Schuster – OPALS. Learn the best ways to use this system for your library from an expert from this online, library cataloging service.
1C: Glenda Strombom & Carol Campbell – Organize a Library or Resource Center: Creaating a Policy and Procedure Manual. How to create an organizational/operational manual to get your library running "ship shape and Bristol fashion."

Monday, July 17, 10:30 AM

2A: Belinda Boon – Weeding the Collection is considered by many librarians the very hardest task one must do. This most appreciated workshop from Kent is reprised to get you out of the weeds and show you the best and most efficient ways to get weeding done.
2B: John Schuster – Using Genre Organization in the Library. Learn about a new way to organize resources, mainly in the fiction section.
2C: Meghan Harper – Helping Those Who Hurt. In her CSLA guide Dr. Harper has an abundance of materials in several media types to assist not only the hurting people, but those who help the hurting.

Monday, July 17, 2:30 PM

3A: Meghan Harper – Creating a Procedures Manual. Rather than have to answer all those questions from your volunteers, Meghan will show you how to create the most useful tools for yourself and your workers. We must also think of those who will come after us and answer their big question, “What have you been doing here?”
3B: Jim Anderson - Broadening the Scope of Your Library. A variety of ideas to reach out to members of your congregation with excellent resources from your library. Activities to encourage a heightened use of the library, combined with specific program initiatives that will creat more users for the library programs.
3C: Scott Dutkiewicz: RDA, LCGFT, LCDGT Classification: Another session to help us get our minds around these new cataloging terms and rules.

Tuesday, July 18, 9:00 AM

4A: Bill Doole - Selecting a Computerized Cataloging System. For those looking to choose cataloging software or needing to change to a newer system, this presentation provides easy-to-follow assistance in selecting the right system for your library. This is a walk through the CSLA guide produced by the presenter.
4B: Susan Snyder - Dewey Classification. Even as we are learning RDA, we still need to keep up with the processes and rules of Dewey Decimal Classification. Susan Snyder is one of our resident experts who has been clearing up our Dewey questions for many years now.
4C: Jennifer Jae Gutierrez - Preservation of Photographs for Libraries & Archives. Excellent suggestions and knowledge about preservation of photographic materials, presented by the Executive Director of the Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Pre- & Post-Conference Tours

Friday, July 14

Morning to Mid-Afternoon: Tour The Strong: National Museum of Play and its library and archives. The Strong is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, National Toy Hall of Fame, World Video Game Hall of Fame, Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, Woodbury School, and American Journal of Play.
Evening: Shabbat Service at Temple B’rith Kodesh

Saturday, July 15

Morning: Visit the George Eastman Museum and Exhibits, the internationally recognized museum of film and photography preservation, plus the mansion of Eastman Kodak’s founder, George Eastman.
Afternoon: Tour two congregational libraries.

Tuesday, July 18

Dinner Cruise - See the Erie Canal while you dine on a 3-hour excursion aboard the Colonial Belle.


The 49th annual conference at Kent State University, hosted by the School of Library and Information Science, provided education, fellowship and fun for all. See photos on Facebook!

Download the brochure from the very moving Peace Celebration. Please note that this is a very large PDF file (16 MB) and takes a while to download.

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