Info for moderators

Are you a moderator? Great!

  1. Find Kim Detterbeck. She’s in charge of moderating. If you can’t find her, don’t panic. Just follow steps 2-7.
  2. Attend your session. Get there a little early.
  3. Ask the presenters if they need anything like handing out handouts or finding an IT person.
  4. Ask the presenters if they’d like to be introduced. If they say yes, get the information they want you to give out. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
  5. Ask the presenters if they need you to hold up fingers to tell them when they have 10 minutes, 5 minutes, etc. Use the appropriate fingers.
  6. Tell fellow attendees to fill out their yellow session evaluation (everyone has them in their folders.)
  7. Collect them at the end and put them in the designated box on the registration desk in the Great Hall.

That’s it. Have fun!

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Set-up info for poster presenters

If you are presenting a poster on Thursday, set up is at 3pm in the Great Hall.

Don’t want to carry your poster around with you all day? You can store it safely with Tabitha Hanslick Nguyen on the 5th floor of E Building (a.k.a. the library.)

Please mark your materials clearly with your name, contact info, and title of your presentation.

E Building houses the library.
CC is the Great Hall.
210 is Alumni Hall (the dorms.)

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Wireless Access at FIT

Making sure your computer is ready

Basically, before you leave home, make sure your operating system (either Windows or Mac) and antivirus are updated.

Your username and password

Update: these are case sensitive!

Password:  Summer2012

The “Bradford Test”

Update: this is a little downloaded app that deletes itself once it is done.

Before you can connect, FIT’s network will “test” your system for up to date operating system and antivirus. Don’t panic!

Trouble connecting?

To trouble shoot your connection, visit:

FIT Housing tells us that there will be IT help in/near the Great Hall.

Will I have wifi in the dorms?

Only if you are registered to stay in the dorms. People who are not staying in the dorms will have wifi access in the Great Hall.

Update: Alas, we do not have wifi in the public areas other than the Great Hall. This is not due to any oversight, mistake, or misconception on the part of FIT Library or the Local Arrangements committee. It is FIT policy. We regret the inconvenience.

FIT Library has made arrangements to make their computer lab on the 4th Floor of E building available to SUNYLA attendees.It is open between 9am and 7pm. In addition, Starbucks and Argo Tea are across the street, open late, and have wireless for a small fee.

Seriously, try Argo Tea. I’m not going home until I try all their signature drinks.

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Remember to bring your linens!

As we mentioned, FIT does not provide linens of any kind. If you want to use a towel, pillow, sheets, or blanket at any point during your stay, you will have to bring them.

I know this is not ideal, but FIT housing does not provide linens, and we were unable to make an arrangement to provide them for anything approaching a reasonable cost.

FIT housing has suggested making use of the KMart that’s in/near/attached to Penn Station, which is 2 blocks from FIT. If you are unable to bring your things, that may be an alternative.

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A note on checking in

Update: FIT has notified that they do not need to collect any additional information from you at check-in.

FIT Summer Housing has asked us to provide the home addresses, phone numbers, and birth dates of all who are staying in the dorms.

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Thursday dinner – Dine Arounds

Instead of the usual Thursday night group dinners, this year at SUNYLA we will be having dine arounds! Pick out the restaurant that sounds best to you, and sign up for it. On Thursday night, June 7th, at 6:30, groups going to dine will meet in the courtyard outside the Great Hall. There will be a group leader for each restaurant, who will lead you there. The group leaders will have signs so they’ll be easy to spot. Before you sign up for a restaurant please check out their website, and also look at the walking directions – some restaurants are closer than others. This is a great way to meet new people! Questions, contact Rosanne or 516-225-6434 (call or text).

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Diversions and an Invitation

Diversions are now listed as part of the registration form. To add a diversion go to: and modify your registration with your conference confirmation number.

  • You’ll need your confirmation number and last name to modify your registration.
  • You may receive notice that your excursion has been filled up. Most only allow for 15-20 people. In the event that one is booked spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis based on the time-stamp of your last modification.
  • Most are walking tours.
  • Session DV7 Tour: CUNY Libraries is a special invitation that has a MAXIMUM capacity of 20. It includes a luncheon hosted by Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources, and Arthur Downing, CIO & Chief Librarian, Baruch College. See below for more details.

An Invitation to SUNYLA Conference Attendees

The libraries of the City University of New York invite SUNYLA Conference attendees to a luncheon reception at the Newman Library of Baruch College on Wednesday, June 6, leaving FIT at 12pm and going until 4pm pm. Meet with librarians from CUNY and tour the facilities of the award-winning Newman Library.



12:00 – 12:30 Depart FIT and walk to CUNY.
12:30 – 2:00 Luncheon – Hosted by Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries
and Information Resources, and Arthur Downing, CIO & Chief Librarian, Baruch College
2:00 – 3:30 Information Literacy – Meet Prof. Randy Hensley, Head of Instruction at the Newman Library, and other library faculty to hear about the library’s instruction program (information studies minor, credit courses, workshops, and more).
2:00 – 3:30 Small group tours of the Library Building, including The Subotnick Financial Services Center and Wasserman Trading Floor, a state-of-the-art instructional facility that integrates hands-on financial services practice into the business curriculum.

Location and Directions will be emailed to accepted registrants.

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Where to eat?

Our local arrangements committee went overboard in creating a list of local eateries. The link below is to a Google Spreadsheet of the restaurants. Each entry has the name of the restaurant and a link to its web site (with menu of course), the type of cuisine, the price range, and a link to Google walking directions.

Where to eat near FIT –

If you are looking for some people to go out with, use the #sunyla2012eats hashtag on Twitter.

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Train and subway info for upstaters

If you are coming in by Amtrak or LIRR, then you have it easy. Penn Station is so close to FIT that it’s on their campus map!

FIT Campus Map.
Alumni Hall (the dorm) is 210.
The Great Hall is CC.
Dubinsky is A.

If you’re coming in by Metro North, then you’ll arrive in Grand Central Station. You can hail a cab or take the subway. If you take the subway, take the  Subway Shuttle/S train to Times Square, and then the 1 train downtown to 28th Street (FIT).

Navigating the subway can seem intimidating at first, but all you have to do is read the signs to know which platform to go to for the train you want. When you get to the platform, there are more signs overhead, and the trains have signs in their windows saying which direction they’re going in.

To travel on the subway, you need a Metrocard, which you swipe at the turnstile. Some Metronorth and LIRR tickets come with a Metrocard that’s preloaded with a few fares. If you don’t have one, there are automatic kiosks to buy one and load it with money.

If you have a mobile device, go to  for maps, schedules, and more information.

Thanks to Sara Rofofsky Marcus for all her help with public transit and walking directions!

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Arriving early? What to do on Tuesday:

Association of Jewish Libraries – New York Metropolitan Area – Spring Conference

The New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL-NYMA) invites you to attend its Spring Conference devoted to the topic of “Explorations in the Spoken, the Written, the Visual: Oral Histories, Children’s Literature and Art.” The conference will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1-4:30 pm, at Temple Emanu-El, One East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065 (at 65th Street and Fifth Avenue).


**RSVP by June 1st**; Elizabeth Stabler, 744-1400, ext. 360.  Member fee, $10; non-member fee $18. Payment is at the door. *A valid photo ID is required for entrance.*

To get there from FIT:
Walk North (street numbers going up) along 7th Avenue to West 32nd Street.
Take the M4 bus (towards Washington Heights / Cloisters).
Get off at Madison Avenue and East 66 Street.
Walk South (street numbers going down) to 1 East 65th Street.


Take the 1 train North to 42nd Street / Times Square
Transfer to the R train (towards Queens) to 5th Avenue / 59th Street
Walk North to 65th Street and East to Madison Avenue.

Book Expo at the Javits Center


A one-day pass for a librarian costs $45.
Attendee registration here –

To get there from FIT:
Walk NORTH on 7th Avenue (cars going opposite direction) to 38th Street.
Turn LEFT, walk to the opposite side of 11th Avenue.
Take 1 train NORTH to 34th Street
Take local bus (M34) going WEST to 11th Avenue and 34th Street.
Walk NORTH (cars going opposite direction) to 38th Street.

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