NYLA Strategic Vision
NYLA Mission Statement:
NYLA leads, educates, and advocates for the advancement of the New York library community.
NYLA will advance this mission, in partnership and collaboration with; public, school, academic and special libraries; library systems and staff; librarians and library staff; library trustees, and friends.
NYLA is committed to these Guiding Principles:
- NYLA advocates for the New York library community.
- NYLA advances excellence in New York libraries.
- NYLA enhances member engagement.
Further clarification of each Guiding Principle and defined goals for each:
NYLA advocates for the New York library community.
- Introduce and influence legislation and policy impacting libraries and library funding
- Assert the position of libraries as an essential part of New York’s education infrastructure
- Communicate the economic impact and contributions of all libraries
- Cultivate individuals who can champion libraries at all levels
- Promote free, open, and equal access to information
- Develop a comprehensive messaging strategy
- Tie Library Aid funding to sustainable annual education increases
- Pass a bill requiring a certified school librarian in all schools (expanded for Elementary)
- Address eContent access issues
- Develop advocacy and communication calendar and create templates and toolkits
- Monitor Civil Service issues
NYLA advances excellence in New York libraries.
- Deliver top-quality professional development via a variety of formats
- Promote exemplars and best practices
- Provide training for the development of leaders and leadership skills
- Encourage diversity of the library profession
- Evaluate effectiveness of organization’s professional development and continuing education activities
- Identify opportunities for partnerships to encourage diversity
- Create a unified NYLA-wide professional development and continuing education calendar
- Increase participation in, and awareness of, NYLA awards
- Identify opportunities to encourage sustainability in all aspects of libraries and library service
- Explore creating a NYLA program-planning institute
NYLA enhances member engagement.
- Create multiple opportunities and pathways for member involvement
- Provide and promote leadership opportunities within the organization
- Encourage inter-member communications
- Cultivate a diverse and robust NYLA membership via recruitment and retention activities
- Engage iSchools
Member Engagement Goals
- Attain 5,000 individual members
- Attain 500 organizational members
- Arrange informal regional events
- Develop NYLA Involvement Pathway Guides
- Educate members on communication options
Strategic Planning Taskforce Members:
Sara Kelly Johns, NYLA President
Geoff Kirkpatrick, NYLA President-Elect
Debby Emerson, Incoming NYLA President-Elect-Elect
Sue Kowalski, Councilor-at-Large-Elect
Rebecca Lubin, Council-at-Large-Elect
Marcy Strong, Councilor-at-Large
Chrissie Morrison, YSS President
Tim Burke, NYLA Treasurer
Mike Neppl, NYLA Director of Government Relations
Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director