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Season’s Greetings!

December 20, 2018

The SCLA Support Staff Division Board

wishes you all the warmest greetings for the holiday season!

Web Junction Webinars

December 20, 2018

Just a reminder that Web Junction provides free access to webinars focusing on libraries and library staff.

Opening an account is FREE and easy! Take advantage of a great resource for training and growth.

Here is a small list of the webinar categories:

Customer Service:

Personal Growth & Development:



October 18, 2018

The SSD Annual Membership Meeting and 3rd Annual Safety Conference was a huge success!  Over 50 participants attended the event which was held at the Brentwood Public Library on Wednesday, October 17th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Lee Mandel, CEO of Intralogic Solutions, gave a presentation of his product that links all building alarm systems together making them more efficient and quicker – a lock down in 15 seconds as opposed to 15 minutes! Intralogic Solutions also sponsored the refreshments served at the Conference. 

Stuart Cameron, Chief of Department of the Suffolk County Police Dept.,  was our Keynote Speaker. He spoke about the Smart 9-1-1 for Facilities: the RAVE panic button application that library staff are using to report active shooter, medical emergency, 911 calls; the shield program; results of the Department of Justice law suit compliance (today’s top Newsday story); and the public feeling comfortable calling 911 to report crimes/gang activity.

Nicole Marks, MEP, CEM, NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services for Long Island, gave an overview on Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) which is the next phase of planning for a disaster.

Matthew Setteducati, Supervising Safety & Health Inspector, PESH, covered how to be compliant with the NYS Workplace Violence Law. PESH has consultants ready to help you develop your policy and become compliant with this very important safeguard for your staff.

Jessica Price, School Counselor, Brentwood School District, provided strategies to incorporate EMPATHY into our everyday interactions and shared how these strategies are working in the Brentwood School District..



Stephanie Sloan, MS, CASCA, Senior Drug Abuse Educator, Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services, provided a NARCAN training session and kits for all participants. to help combat the rising incidents of opioid overdose.

Nicole Marks of NYS Homeland Security returned in the afternoon with Patrick Beckley and Jillian Ringhauser to conduct a workshop on developing an Emergency Operations Plan for your library.  The participants broke up into three groups and step by step developed an Emergency Operations Plan for their “library” based on a scenario given to the group. Following are materials used in this workshop:

2018 SCLA SSD Safety Conference Presentation

What Is An EOP

EOP Example

Copy of Hazard and Vulnerabilty Assesment Template_2014

FEMA Business Emergency Response Plans_10pg_2014

Writing SMART Goals

All participants left with invaluable information and various resources to keep their libraries and staff safer.

The SCLA Support Staff Division would like to thank Tom Tarantowicz, Director of the Brentwood Public Library, for hosting our event and for his consistent support of SSD plus his wonderful, helpful staff.




Introduction to Canva Class Update

September 25, 2018


Introduction to Canva Hands-on Class was held today with 22 participants.

Our instructor, Roberto, from Sharper Training Solutions, took the class through the designing of flyers, banners, invitations and introduced us to the many tools and templates available within Canva.



Canva logo

Introduction to Canva Class

July 24, 2018

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Introduction to Canva Hands-on Class

Canva logo

Canva is a graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012.

It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts.

It is used by non-designers as well as professionals.


Conducted by Sharper Training Solutions

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2018

Time: 2-4 pm

Where: Suffolk Cooperative Library System Training Room

Class is free for SSD members

$10.00 for Non-SSD members


Registration is online at:

Non-members please send a $10.00 check made out to NYLA/SCLA to:

Alana Jagnanan
Brentwood Public Library
Phone: 631-273-7883

2018 Long Island Library Conference Presentation

May 22, 2018

The SSD Long Island Library Conference program: was a huge success – well attended by all levels of staff. 2018 LILC SSD Program audience




Celia Vollmer, SSD President presenting the “Go Bag” raffle prize to the winner: Marianne Kobbe, Director of Malverne Public Library.





Here are links to the presentation as well other valuable resources:

New York: State of Resilience PowerPoint

Disaster Plan Template for Libraries



Other Resources:

Here is the NYSDHSES Website

Grants website

Local Contacts:

Nassau OEM:516-573-0636 or 526-573-9000 (24/7)

Nassau Homeland Security: 516-573-9788 Sgt Connolly

Suffolk OEM: 631-852-4900

Suffolk Homeland Security: 934-852-7273

Mr. Beckley recommends registering for SHIELD

New York: State of Resilience

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New York: State of Resilience


May 16, 2018

Webjunction is a website containing various training webinars for all aspects of work in a library.

You can access the website’s courses at:

Course topics cover customer service, personal growth, active shooter and much more.

The courses are FREE.  Go to the Course Catalog and choose a topic.

You will be asked to create an account and then you will have access to all the courses available.

Take advantage of this FREE resource and improve your skills in customer service, work interactions, and more!