Community Engagement Workshop in December

Connecting the Dots: Community Library Collaborations
Thursday, December 7 @ 9:30 AM
Finger Lakes Library System Conference Room

Community connections within and outside of the library’s walls are crucial in today’s sharing economy. Having trouble figuring out where to begin and how? Let’s talk.

What’s so vital about a library being connected to community resources? Does this mean just the non-profits in my community? As libraries across the nation continue to transform into community centers, business incubators, pre-schools and employment counseling service providers, why is it so important that my library get on board? There are SO many organizations to collaborate with, it can be overwhelming – how and where do I start? On the other end of the spectrum, especially in a rural community, there are so few collaborators – do I expand outside of my service area? Through this presentation and our interactive discussion, including some hands on work and take-with-you resources we will tackle the ins and outs of connecting the dots together!

Speaker Bio: Tom Vitale currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System in Jamestown, NY. He has presented at the New York Library Association Conference and at numerous libraries and library systems throughout New York State. Tom worked as a social worker for fifteen years before transitioning into public librarianship. He has research and teaching interests in adults with mental illness and adults with co-occurring disorders. Tom currently serves as President of the Library Access Round Table for NYLA and as an at large member of the New York Library Association’s Continuing Education Committee. He is the current chair of the Western New York Library Resources Council Continuing Education Committee. Tom holds undergraduate degrees from SUNY College at Fredonia in elementary education and Clarion University of PA in liberal studies. He has graduate degrees in social work from Stony Brook University and library science from Clarion University of PA. Tom is a certified public librarian in the States of New York and Pennsylvania, and is a certified adult education teacher in the State of New York. Next Fall, Tom will complete the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Library Administration from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library & Information Science.


Contact: Jenny Shonk 607-319-5613