Tag Archives: Queens Library

Librarians @ ABC – Tiempo TV show

Sharing links to my participation along with my colleague Manny Figueroa in Tiempo, a TV show on ABC (Channel 7 in NYC). Topics: libraries, building community, immigrants, Queens Library, Latinos and Spanish speakers. Loida Garcia-Febo

Tiempo – Segment 3

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Tiempo – Segment 4

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Librarians @ Social Media Week 2012

Librarians will be present at this year’s Social Media Week. Queens Libray is presenting “Ushering Your Company Into the Social Media Age” on Tuesday, February 14 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at its Long Island City Library. Come join us!

From the website-

Social networking is the most popular online activity worldwide, accounting for 1 in every 5 minutes spent on the Internet: Join us for a frank discussion of the challenges facing companies—particularly those outside of the tech and social media industries—as they struggle to embrace this new reality.

Queens Library Social Media Manager, Mary Kearl, will give an overview of how she crafted a social media approach that makes sense for her company, a leading nonprofit cultural institution. Karen Keys, an outreach librarian, for Queens Library will discuss the unique ways the library has incorporated social media into programming. Loida Garcia-Febo, Coordinator for Queens Library’s New Americans Program, will discuss connecting with multicultural and multilingual customers through new media. 

For more information and to register, visit http://socialmediaweek.org/event/?event_id=2045

Queens Library wins the 2010 Marshall Cavendish Excellence In Library Programming Award

Last Tuesday, June 29, Queens Library received the 2010  Marshall Cavendish Excellence In Library Programming Award at the ALA Awards Reception. Queens Library was recognized for its Queens Library HealthLink program and its Cancer Action Councils.  More information about the Cavendish Award here.


Innovation in Libraries: User Experience Design @ Queens Library

Queens Library invites all our colleagues to experience “Innovation in
Libraries:  User Experience Design,” Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 9:30 am,
Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard,
Flushing NY. Admission is free. RSVPs are essential. Please email

Aaron Schmidt is a worldwide recognized specialist in library technology
and usability. He has been a circulation clerk, reference librarian, and
library director.  Aaron has published articles in Library Journal,
School Library Journal, Library High Tech News, Online, and others.  He
has presented on the topic of library technology and usability
worldwide. In 2005, Schmidt was named a Library Journal “Mover &

He advises organizations working with libraries nationally and
internationally such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global
Libraries Program. Currently he is the Digital Initiatives Librarian for
the District of Columbia Public Library but still lives in Portland.  He
helps plan forward thinking; fun projects for the library, helping them
connect to the community and teach them about the Read/Write Web.  He
also assists with website visioning, conducts usability testing, leads
the library’s Library 2.0 Interest Group and helps coordinate and
generate ideas for the library’s digital research and development
project called DC Library Labs. He was part of the team that created the
first iPhone and Blackberry online catalog searching applications. Aaron
maintains a library and website usability weblog, walkingpaper.org and
can be reached at librarian [at] gmail [dot] com

Design is more than choosing pretty colors. Design is all about solving
problems and even if you don’t know it, you’re a designer. In this
presentation Schmidt will convince you to take a more active role as
information service designer. After this presentation you’ll have a
keener critical eye and a framework though which you can make your
library a place that people want to use.  He’ll discuss website best
practices, and how design research can create a truly user centered

Loida Garcia-Febo, Assistant Coordinator, New Americans Program and
Special Services
Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. 11432

Event/ Innovation in Libraries: Mobile, Real-time Librarians

You are invited

Queens Library invites all our colleagues to


“Innovation in Libraries: Mobile, Real-Time Librarians 


Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 9:30 am,

Queens Library at Flushing
41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard, Flushing NY, 11355.

tren: 7  to Flushing

also: http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=&daddr=4117+Main+Street+Flushing+NY+11355

Admission is free. RSVPs are essential. Please email egellman@queenslibrary.org


Mobile, real-time services designed to reach users whenever and wherever they are have become popular ways of providing library services and are changing attitudes and expectations on the way.  This is especially true at the intersection of information and access, creating an imperative for libraries to “go mobile” or risk losing touch with a growing percentage of their communities.  How will libraries, and librarians, adapt to lead in the mobile, real-time information environment?  How will they develop the skills and services necessary to overcome challenges and champion a mobile future?


This event intends to address these questions and more as our speakers describe the experience of the librarian as practitioner, consumer, and advocate in the evolving mobile, real-time world.  Our speakers will discuss key themes and leading trends for mobile services and recommend practical ideas and solutions for integrating innovative technologies with existing services and collections.  Topics will include: access and service standards, social catalysts, defining next steps, and developing a mobile-friendly culture among staff and patrons at your library. Twitter, Facebook, text reference, virtual career centers, virtual libraries and much more models for academic, public and special libraries will be included!




Amy J. Kearns, Program Coordinator, Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative


Karen J. Klapperstuck, Virtual Branch Manager of the Monroe Township Library, New Jersey


Joe Murphy, Science Librarian, Coordinator of Instruction and Technology at the Kline Science Library, Yale University   http://twitter.com/libraryfuture


Lisa C. Thomas, Digital Collections Librarian, Yale University Library twitter.com/lisacarlucci






Amy J. Kearns, MLIS is the Program Coordinator for the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (CJRLC) in NJ and teaches part-time for the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers. She is the Past President of the New Jersey Library Association’s Information Technology Section, and has facilitated webinars for WebJunction in the past. Amy’s interests include finding new technologies and providing training to help libraries use new tools to provide services and content to their communities. She is currently involved in a project to provide web-based training to library customers.


Karen J. Klapperstuck, MSLS, is the Virtual Branch Manager of the Monroe Township Library. She is actively involved in local, state, and national organizations. Along with her other NJLA committee work, she is currently co-chair of the NJLA Annual Conference (2010) and is responsible for the successful statewide Emerging Leaders program. Karen presently serves on the ALA Council Committee on Education as well as the YA Galley Committee. She has presented at the PLA Conference, as well as numerous times at the NJLA Annual Conference and The NJ Library Trustee Association Institute. A self-confessed “leadership training junkie,” Karen is a graduate of NJLA’s Emerging Leaders, NJ Academy of Library Leadership and ALA Emerging Leaders. Karen’s interests include leadership and professional development. Other professional interests are service to teens and young adults, as well as technology integration into staff development programs and services to the public.


Joe Murphy (Yale University Science Libraries) is widely recognized as a leader in implementing innovative library services, addressing practical considerations for library 2.0, and designing strategies for the application of mobile technologies to library services. Joe received the prestigious Library Journal Movers & Shakers award in 2009, runs the popular Twitter account libraryfuture (http://twitter.com/libraryfuture), earned a MLISc from the University of Hawaii in 2006, and was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader in 2007.


Lisa Carlucci Thomas is an experienced librarian, manager, trainer, and speaker; known for her leadership in innovation and services at the Yale University Library.  Lisa’s research includes mobile access to collections and services, library 2.0 and the social web, change management in libraries, and professional development for new librarians.  Lisa received her MLIS from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies in 2006. She was recently recognized by the American Library Association as a 2009 Emerging Leader, and she is a 2009 Fellow of the Connecticut Library Association Leadership Institute.   Follow Lisa on Twitter at twitter.com/lisacarlucci

Advocacy: Keeping Libraries Open

Here are two videos with strategies for effective advocacy.  Part I features Elgin Community College Library (Illinois) and their strategies to win a referendum to build a new library. Part II features Queens Library (New York) and their efforts to keep libraries open including a rally at NYC City Hall.  They are available at Loida Time!