Training Topics Survey

Your input can help us focus our professional development efforts in 2017.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and indicate your interest level in the various suggested topics.  There is also an opportunity to recommend topics that are not listed.

Go to the survey:

Please complete the survey by December 31.

Day of Learning Notes & Handouts

On October 26, 4CLS hosted a Day of Learning, where a variety of speakers covered a number of topics.  We have collected notes & handouts from the Day of Learning and assembled them here for future reference.

Legal Issues for Libraries

Speaker: Jared Mack, Esq. from Levene, Gouldin, & Thompson.

Notes – Handouts: Part 1, Part 2

Right-Sizing Your Collection

Speaker: Megan Biddle, 4CLS. Slides

Managing Volunteers

Speakers: Roz Conner & Linda Shea, Sidney Memorial Library; Kenneth Roman, George F. Johnson Memorial Library (Endicott)

NotesSidney Volunteer Application – Endicott Volunteer Application – Endicott Volunteer Information SheetVolunteer Time Sheet

Social Media in Libraries

Speakers: Tina Winstead, Huntington Memorial Library (Oneonta); Connie Dalrymple, Guernsey Memorial Library (Norwich)

Notes – Norwich & Social Media – Oneonta Social Media Policy

Bonus: All About Instagram, School Library Journal (including some good follows)

Day of Learning 2016

On Wednesday, October 26, 4CLS will host a full day of workshops at the Sidney Memorial Library.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.  Return the Registration Form to Sherry Gorman by October 19.

The Schedule:


9:15 – 9:30 – Registration

9:30 – 10:45 – Legal Issues for Libraries

10:50 – 12:00 – Right-Sizing Your Collection

12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 2:30 – Managing Volunteers

2:30 – 3:30 – Social Media in Libraries

3:30 – 4:30 – Lightening Round

Sessions & Speakers:

Legal Issues for Libraries – Jared Mack, from the law firm of Levene, Gouldin, & Thompson will discuss several legal issues that libraries and non-profits face, with time at the end for some Q & A.

Right Sizing Your Collection – Megan Biddle, Collection Services Manager at 4CLS, will discuss collection management with an emphasis on adjusting your collection to fit and support the use of your patrons.

Managing Volunteers – Linda Shea and Roz Conner from Sidney Memorial Library will join Kenneth Roman from George F. Johnson Memorial Library (Endicott) to discuss their efforts to effectively recruit, manage, and direct the activities of volunteers in their libraries.

Social Media in Libraries – A panel discussion on the use of social media in libraries.  The session will include tips & tricks from libraries inside and outside 4CLS.  Speakers to be announced.

Lightening Round – An idea so good it was stolen from another conference!  Each library present will get three minutes to speak about something good that happened at their library recently.

Registration Form