ESLN Events & Recordings

New Sick Leave Law Webinar


January 13, 2021
Speakers: Stephanie Cole Adams and Holly Nowak
Session Description: New York implemented a new law requiring employers with 1-4 employees to offer up to 40 hours a year unpaid sick leave. Employers with over 5 employees must offer paid sick leave and must not require the disclosure of confidential medical information to use the leave. As of January 1, 2021 employers required to follow this law must also allow employees to use sick leave time to take care of relatives. This new law impacts libraries that don’t operate as part of government, and other “private” employers. To ensure our affected members get practical guidance on these changes, we have asked attorney Stephanie Cole Adams and Holly Nowak to walk you through revising, developing, and following your sick leave policies.

Know Your Rights: Copyright Hacks for Librarians and Educators Webinar

May 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm  3:30 pm
Presenter: Stephanie Cole Adams
Session Description: Most people know librarians and educators have special rights under the copyright laws, but can they easily recite them?  Join the league of people who can! This 90-minute session will help you learn and remember the special rights of librarians, archivists, and educators. We cover the basics of copyright (what it protects) and then dive into how to use the exceptions built into the law to encourage the free flow of ideas, education, and scholarship. We explore Copyright Act Sections 106, 107, 108, 109 and 110 and the implications of those exceptions on issues like purchasing and licensing.

The 2020 Census Counts Webinar

June 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
  3:00 pm
Speaker: Hillary Loveless-Medina (she/her), Regional Field Manager, Census Counts
Session Description: Communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. This is the time to get involved; the Census counts — and so do you! Join Hillary Loveless-Medina, Regional Field Manager at Census Counts, as she shares information and updates about the 2020 Census as well as instructional resources, lessons, and activities that can be used to teach and promote civic engagement for students at all grade levels. In this webinar, attendees will learn: how the 2020 Census impacts your community; how to access and utilize Census resources at your disposal; and how to empower your students and patrons to become census advocates in their own family and friend network.


Project Outcome For Academic Libraries: Data for Impact and Improvement

June 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am –  2:00 pm
Speaker: Sara Goek, Program Manager at the Associaiton for College & Research Libraries
Session Description: In this workshop, attendees learned how to use the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries surveys and resources. Project Outcome is a free toolkit that helps libraries measure four key learning outcomes – knowledge, confidence, application, and awareness – across seven library program and service areas. The survey topics cover: Instruction, Events/Programs, Research, Teaching Support, Digital & Special Collections, Space, and Library Technology. Project Outcome provides academic libraries of any size the means to easily measure outcomes in those areas and to use that data as the basis for continuous improvements and advocacy.


Reopening Libraries in NYS Webinar

June 16, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
  3:30 pm
Featured Speakers: Lauren Moore, State Librarian; Jeremy Johannesen, Director of NYLA; Stephanie Cole Adams, The Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC; Michelle La Voie, Director of the Olean Public Library; Christian Zabriskie, Executive Director of Onondaga County Library System; Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director of Albany Public Libraries; Mary Lou Carolan, Assistant Director of Newburgh Public Library; Casey Conlin, Library Sustainability Coordinator of Mid-Hudson Library System; Susan Mitchell, Director of North Country Library System; Nate Hill, Executive Director of Metropolitan New York Library Council
Session Description: Public libraries have been given permission to reopen with restrictions as part of NY Forward’s phase one in the reopening process. What does this mean for you, your library, and your community? If you do decide to reopen as part of this phase, where should you begin? Hear from directors of both libraries and library systems in rural and urban regions across New York State. They will discuss the challenges of reopening their libraries, the services their libraries are offering, and how they are ensuring that the library is safe for both their staff and patrons.

Legal Issues & Reopening: The Saga Continues

July 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
  2:30 pm
Speaker: Stephanie Cole Adams
Session Description: Many libraries are now months deep into their process of re-opening. What have we learned? What have we had to re-tool? In this 90 minute webinar, Stephanie Adams presents concrete tips and legal guidance based on our experiences to date, including: use of signage, de-escalating legal threats, reliance on CDC and OSHA guidance, and use of policy and law to support thoughtful operations.