Meet the People at Backstage!
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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WNYLRC Board Room and Training Center


It’s all about access. Backstage Library Works provides professional services to cultural heritage institutions to help you create and improve paths for patrons to access your collections. Backstage services range from cataloging and non-MARC metadata to authority control and record enrichment, from digitization and microfilming to on-site inventory, reclassification, and RFID tagging. Backstage offers technology, expertise, and human resources to enable librarians and archivists like you to accomplish your goals.

Whether you have worked previously with Backstage on a digitazation project, or are considering doing so, this is your opportunity to meet the new Northeast representative from Backstage, Thomas Forsythe, and learn about Backstage's services of digitization and more!

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Thomas Forsythe
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Thomas Forsythe has been working in libraries in one way or another since he was 17 years old. He graduated with his MLS from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006, and shortly thereafter began working for Backstage Library Works, running projects for libraries. In 2016, he transitioned over into Backstage’s Sales and Marketing Department.  

Before transitioning to your account representative for the Northeast, Thomas managed seventeen on-site projects, including reclassification projects for Elizabeth City State University, Duke University, Princeton University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Kent, among others. He has also managed projects for RFID implementation, inventory, and collection analysis for the Library of Congress.

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Cross-Library Collaboration: A Conversation with Michelle Young, 2019 NYLA President

Date: Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 pm

Michelle Young, NYLA 2019 President is touring the state to discuss cross-library collaboration.  She will be sharing what projects are underway in other regions.  To demonstrate what we are doing, we have invited Mandi Shepp, Erin Weller, Maria Lowe, David Lewis, and Ken Fujiuchi  to share the collaborative projects they have spearheaded with their committees or task groups. So take this opportunity to learn more about what your Western New York Colleagues are doing on behalf of the region. Lunch will be provided.


9:30 am to 10:30 – Michelle Young will facilitate discussion

10:30 to 11:30 – Presentations, discussion, Q&A

11:30 to 12:30 pm – Wrap up and Lunch


Spring Academic Directors Caucus Meeting

Date/Time: Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3pm or 3:30.  Please meet in the library

Where: Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst ( )

We would also like to welcome any of our Rochester Council's academic library members to join us this year! 


9:00 am to 9:30 am Continental breakfast
9:30 am to 9:40 am Welcome and Introductions
9:40 am to 11:45 am Ithaka S+R Reports:
Restructuring Library Collaboration: Strategy, Membership, Governance
How Leaders Create and Use Networks
11:45 am to 12:00 pm Tour of library
12:00 am to 1:00 pm  Lunch
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm WNYLRC and Rochester Updates
Digital Services Update: Heidi Ziemer
Ask the Lawyer – Sheryl Knab
Professional Development Events and Ask US 24/7 – Caitlin Kenney
Annual Meeting location/theme – Caitlin Kenney
Empire State Immersive Experiences (ESIE) – Sheryl Knab
Civic Data Project – Heidi Ziemer
Library Complete Count Steering Committee – Sheryl Knab
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Discussion topics
Continuing Education Needs
What’s happening at your library
If you have other discussion items you would like added, please email Sheryl Knab as soon as possible.