NYLA's Library Advocacy Day
Library Advocacy Day - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016
Please note that the information below is subject to change. Contact us if you have any questions!
Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Their efforts have resulted in over $7M in additional library aid since 2011.
Summary of Event
Most activities will take place in the Legislative Office Building (LOB). The LOB is most easily accessed from the Concourse, or through the Capitol Building. Prepare for airport-like security while entering the building. NYLA 'Base Camp' will be available in LOB120 beginning at 8:00AM for packet pick-up and sign-in.
Advocacy Day Packets: Materials are distributed to Library Advocacy Day attendees to use in their meetings with legislators and staff, and can be picked up in room 120 of the Legislative Office Building.
Click here for a map of the Empire State Plaza (PDF)
The Rally for Library Advocates 12:00 PM
Gather in the "Well" of the LOB at 12:00 PM for a Library Advocate's Rally!
Legislative Office Visits
Meetings with individual Legislators (or their office) are coordinated by library systems, or regional coordinators. NYLA will have a listing of all the legislative office visits that we have been made aware of at the NYLA Base Camp (LOB120).
Organizing a Group or meeting with a Legislator? Please fill out the Library Advocacy Day Contact Form
Please be sure to review the 2016 NYLA Legislative Priorities prior to your meetings.
Check out the Library Advocacy Day Video Briefing
Pre-Advocacy Day Activities
Travel to Albany the day before (March 1, 2016) and partake in some top notch professional development, NYLA's Community Conversations, the Library Advocates Luncheon, and more!
Complete details on Pre-Advocacy Day 2016
Directions & Logistics
Where to Stay
NYLA has secured a block of hotel rooms at the Hilton Albany (formerly the Crowne Plaza) in downtown Albany.
Book your room by January 30, 2016!
A limited number of rooms re available to the Renaissance, 144 State Street for $199/night
Please plan for airport-like security measures in place in the New York State Capitol, the Legislative Office Building and its surrounding buildings. Please be prepared to pass through a metal detector and have your belongings go through an X-ray machine to enter.
If you have questions, please contact the NYLA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who will benefit from this advocacy?
What can I do now to support this effort?
If you can’t make it to Albany, you can still help the cause! Post to your Facebook wall, Tweet about Library Aid, or add a button to your library’s website. Check out our page dedicated to Virtual Advocacy.
Outdated heating and/or cooling equipment, out-of-service bathrooms or elevators, over-crowding, water damaged ceilings or flooring… do any of these sound familiar?
The 2016 NYLA Budget Priorities include a big push for more investment in the library aid construction program, so we asked for photos from libraries that illustrate the need for increased infrastructure funding - and wow, did we get quite an overwhelming response!
View the Horror Story photos as a slideshow on the NYLA website!
Read the report, which will be placed in the hand of each elected official we meet with!
NYLA Sections Sponsoring Advocacy Day:
Interesting in being a Library Advocacy Sponsor? Contact NYLA Marketing, 518-432-6952 ext. 105
National Library Legislative Day
ALA's Annual National Library Legislative Day is being held in Washington, D.C. May 2 - 3, 2016. For more information, click here.
Click here for the Advocacy Day 2015 Archive Page
Click here for the Advocacy Day 2014 Archive Page
Click here to view pictures from the 2013 Advocacy Day
Click here for the Advocacy Day 2012 Archive Page