NYALS 2013 Registration

To register: NYALS Registration Form

New York Alliance of Library Systems 2013 Retreat
6th Annual Retreat
Thursday, August 15, 2013 to Friday, August 16, 2013

Library system leaders will convene at the Castleton Comfort Inn & Suites (East Greenbush) (www.comfortinnalbany.com) to continue their work on strengthening cooperation and collaboration among the 3 types of NY Library Systems.  This meeting is open to all public, school, and 3Rs systems directors in NY by invitation only.

NYALS Retreat 2013
Final Agenda

(May 2013)

  1.  Theme
    As a follow up to last year’s retreat which explored the idea of collaboration, this year’s retreat will focus on the development of collaborative projects and services.
  2. Overview
    System directors invite key system IT specialists to attend the retreat.
    Day 1 will set the stage by including sessions on best practices, collaborative projects and pilots already in place. Examples from each of the three system types will be highlighted. Open-space technology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-space_technology) will be used to identify and prioritize potential projects.
    Day 2: In self-selected work groups, the system directors and IT specialists will meet and build on progress made and existing joint initiatives to develop system collaborations. 

Day 1: Thursday, August 15, 2013

10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Systems can hold separate meetings as needed. 
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm to 1:10 pm – Introduction
1:10 pm to 1:45 pm – NYALS Progress Reports
• RAC Initiative groups (Vision 2020) – John Hammond, NNYLN
• I2NY –Jason Kucsma, METRO
• CGR report – John Shaloiko, SENYLRC
• Legislative Update – Kevin Verbesey, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
• NYALS Think Tank Update – Patty Uttaro, Monroe County Library System
• Other News- All
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm – Lightning Sessions – 15 minutes each
• SCORE – Mary Ann Hebert, CASLS and April Bliss,  Jefferson-Lewis BOCES SLS
• Ebook platform - Queens Library System
• NY 3Rs Ebook Pilot Project – Sheryl Knab, WNYLRC
• Empire Shared Collection – Karen Senglaup, University at Buffalo
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm – Break
3:15 pm to 3:45 pm – Questions and Answers/Open Discussion
3:45 pm to 4:30 pm – Determining the Possibilities: Ideas for Collaboration
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Establish Work Groups for Day 2
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm –  Hotel Check In
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner, Cash Bar, PAC fundraiser

Day 2: Friday, August 16, 2013

  7:00 am to 8:30 am – Breakfast – Hotel guests receive complimentary breakfast
  8:30 am – 8:35am - Overview of Day 2 Schedule
  8:35 am to 9:15 am –Round 1 Work Groups
  9:15 am to 9:30 am – Break, Move to next group
  9:30 am – 10:15 am – Round 2 Work Groups 
 10:15 am to 10:30 am – Break
 10:30 am to 11:45 am – Report Out, Prioritize, Next Steps
 11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Summary, Final Remarks
 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch

NYALS 2013 Retreat Registration Information

When:  Thursday, August 15 – Friday, August 16, 2013
Location:   Castleton Comfort Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road, Castleton, NY 12033. Phone: 518-479-3217
Directions:   http://www.comfortinnalbany.com/page/directions
Fee:   $115.00 (includes meals, gratuities, and facilitated retreat sessions)
Deadline Extended: Friday, July 31, 2013. Registration Fee does not include hotel lodging.  Please see lodging information below.
To register:   NYALS Registration Form

Lodging Information: 
Hotel rooms have been reserved until Friday, August 2, 2013
Call: 1-518-479-3217 to reserve yours. Refer to "NY Alliance of Library Systems" to receive the discounted room rates.

• Standard King:  $119.00
• Standard Double Queen:  $119.00
• One Room suite Double Queen:  $139.00
• One Room Suite Single King:  $139.00

- Check in after 3:00PM and Check out time is 11:00 am
- All rooms include free WIFI, local phone calls, cable TV and HBO, and free hot & cold breakfast that includes everything you need to get you going PLUS Belgian Waffles, Sausage, Bagels, muffins, hot & cold cereals, assorted yogurts, hard boiled eggs, & fresh fruit, sweet pastries, assorted milk, juice and coffee products. Breakfast is served daily from 6 am to 10 am.
- Heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and fitness center onsite. A business center with computer and printer is also available. 
- Train station shuttle runs are complementary to and from the Rensselaer Train Station from 7am to 11pm daily.

Retreat Cancellation Policy:   
Cancelation deadline for retreat registration without penalty:  August 2, 2013.  Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel room by contacting the hotel directly dependent on the hotel’s cancellation policies.

2013 NYALS Retreat Planning committee:
Sheryl Knab (NY 3Rs)
Kathy Miller (NY 3Rs)
Mary Ann Hebert (SLSA)
Patty Uttaro (PULISDO)


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