NYLA's Library Advocacy Day

2015 DATE

, February 25, 2015

Albany, NY

New York Library Advocacy Day

2014 Details

WEDNESDAY, February 26, 2014
Albany, NY

THANK YOU to the over 800 library advocates who participated!
Together we held meetings with over 45% of members of the NYS Legislature.
Review the resutls of our 2014 Advocacy Efforts - 2014 Session Wrap-up

Join with fellow library advocates from across New York State as we converge on Albany to speak up for Libraries and Library Funding!  On January 21, 2014, Governor Cuomo announced his proposed 2014-2015 Exeutive Budget. Click here to see how this effects libraries, and what you can do to take action now.

Organizing a Group or meeting with a Legislator? Please fill out the Library Advocacy Day Contact Form.

Summary of Event

The forced date change has resulted in many revisions to our 2014 Library Advocacy Day activities.
There will NOT be a Legislative Breakfast gathering. 
NYLA 'Base Camp' will be available in LOB120 begining at 8:00AM for packet pick-up and sign-in.

Advocacy Day Packets: Advocacy 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)

READ Posters
Members of the Legislature have been invited to LOB120 to have their photographs taken for READ posters between 8:30 AM – 3:30PM.

Have you always wanted a READ poster of your very own?  Visit LOB120 can have your photo taken and place your order.  READ posters are $25 each and pre-orders are required to have your photo taken.

The following Legislators are scheduled to attend:
Those listed in BOLD had their photos taken for READ posters.

Assemblymember Peter Abbate 10:00am-10:15am
Assemblymember Thomas Abinanti 12:15pm:12:30pm
Assemblymember William Barclay 10:15am-10:30am
Assemblymember Michael Bendetto 8:45am-9:00am
Assemblymember Joseph Borelli
Assemblymember Edward Braunstein 9:15am-9:30am
Assemblymember Harry Bronson 8:30am-8:45am
Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny 1:45pm-2:00pm
Assemblymember Kevin Cahill 11:15am-11:30am
Assemblymember Karim Camara 11:30am-11:45am
Assemblymember William Colton
Assemblymember Jane Corwin 9:30am-9:45am
Assemblymember Marcos Crespo
Assemblymember Clifford Crouch 8:30am-8:45am
Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz
Assemblymember Michael Dendekker 12:00pm-12:15pm
Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz 8:30am-8:45am
Assemblymember David DiPietro 9:15am-9:30am
Assemblymember Janet Duprey 9:15am-9:30am
Assemblymember Steve Englebright 2:30pm-2:45pm
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy 10:00am-10:15am
Assemblymember Gary Finch 9:00am-9:15am
Assemblymember Sandy Galef
Assemblymember Andrew Garbarino 11:30am-11:45am
Assemblymember Joseph Giglio
Assemblymember Deborah Glick 1:00pm-1:15pm
Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder 10:30am-10:45am
Assemblymember Aileen Gunther 10:00am-10:15am
Assemblymember Stephen Hawley 12:00pm-12:15pm
Assemblymember Mark Johns 9:00am-9:15am
Assemblymember Michael Kearns 10:30am-10:45am
Assemblymember Ron Kim
Assemblymember Brian Kolb 9:30am-9:45am
Assemblymember Joseph Lentol 1:30pm-1:45pm
Assemblymember Barbara Lifton 1:30pm-1:45pm
Assemblymember Chad Lupinacci 11:00am-11:15am
Assemblymember William Magee
Assemblymember Margaret Markey 11:30am-11:45am
Assemblymember Shelley Mayer 11:30am-11:45am
Assemblymember John McDonald III 12:15pm:12:30pm
Assemblymember David McDonough
Assemblymember Steven McLaughlin 9:30am-9:45am
Assemblymember Joan Millman 10:45am-11:00am
Assemblymember Joe Morelle 9:00am-9:15am
Assemblymember Francisco Moya 3:00pm-3:15pm
Assemblymember Bob Oaks 10:15am-10:30am
Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell 11:00am-11:15am
Assemblymember Felix Ortiz 1:00pm-1:15pm
Assemblymember Steven Otis 11:45am-12:00pm
Assemblymember Phillip Palmesano 2:30pm-2:45pm
Assemblymember Anthony Palumbo 11:00am-11:15am
Assemblymember Amy Paulin
Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes 10:45am-11:00am
Assemblymember Gary Pretlow 11:15am-11:30am
Assemblymember Edward Ra
Assemblymember Phil Ramos 3:00pm-3:15pm
Assemblymember Jose Rivera 10:15am-10:30am
Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez
Assemblymember Gabriella Rosa 9:30am-9:45am
Assemblymember Joseph Saladino
Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara 10:45am-11:00am
Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda 10:30am-10:45am
Assemblymember Frank Skartados
Assemblymember James Skoufis 9:45am-10:00am
Assemblymember Michaelle Solages 9:00am-9:15am
Assemblymember Dan Stec 9:30am-9:45am
Assemblymember Phil Steck 9:45am-10:00am
Assemblymember Al Stirpe 9:15am-9:30am
Assemblymember Fred Thiele 10:30am-10:45am
Assemblymember Michele Titus
Assemblymember Raymond Walter 9:00am-9:15am
Assemblymember David Weprin 10:00am-10:15am
Assemblymember Keith Wright 10:45am-11:00am

Senator Tony Avella 2:00pm-2:15pm
Senator John Bonacic
Senator Phillip Boyle
Senator Neil Breslin 8:45am-9:00am
Senator John DeFrancisco 9:15am-9:30am
Senator Ruben Diaz 10:30am-10:45am
Senator Simcha Felder 12:15pm-12:30pm
Senator Michael Gianaris
Senator Terry Gipson 9:45am-10:00am
Senator Martin Golden 12:45pm-1:00pm
Senator Joseph Griffo
Senator Mark Grisanti 8:45am-9:00am
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson 1:30pm-1:45pm
Senator Brad Hoylman 8:30am-8:45am
Senator William Larkin, Jr. 8:45am-9:00am
Senator Andrew Lanza 1:00pm-1:15pm
Senator Kenneth LaValle 11:00am-11:15am
Senator Elizabeth Little
Senator Carl Marcellino 12:15pm:12:30pm
Senator Jack Martins 8:30am-8:45am
Senator George Maziarz 12:00pm-12:15pm
Senator Michael Nozzolio
Senator Ted O'Brien 2:30pm-2:45pm
Senator Thomas O'Mara 8:45am-9:00am
Senator Kevin Parker 1:30pm-1:45pm
Senator Michael Razenhofer 1:45pm-2:00pm
Senator Joseph Robach 1:00pm-1:15pm
Senator Diane Savino
Senator Michelle Schimel 12:30pm-12:45pm
Senator James Seward
Senator Dean Skelos 10:15am-10:30am
Senator Malcolm Smith 10:15am-10:30am
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins 9:45am-10:00am
Senator Lee Zeldin 12:30pm-12:45pm

The Rally for Library Advocates 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Gather in Hearing Room "A" of the LOB at 2:00 PM for a Library Adovcvate's Rally!
Join fellow Library Advocates and plan to make your voices heard!

NEW for 2014 - NYLA will host a Legislative Reception at the Albany Hilton from 5:00PM - 6:00PM  This reception is free and open to all advocates.  All members of the NYS Senate and Assembly have been invited to attend.

The New Yorkers for Better Libraries will host their Annual Gala at the Albany Hilton from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  For complete details and registration information, click here.

Post-Advocacy Day Activities

Spend the night in Albany and partake in some top notch professional development!  NYLA is offering a pair of continuing education workshop on the morning of Thursday, February 27.  Click here for complete details.

Please watch this page for updated information that will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Virtual Advocacy

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.

Getting There

Directions & Logistics

Bus & Regional Coordinator Information - Find a bus heading to Albany for Advocacy Day!  Don't go it alone!

Where to Stay

NYLA has secured a block of hotel rooms at the Hilton Albany (formerly the Crowne Plaza) in downtown Albany.
Use this online portal to book your room and receive the discounted group rate.

NYLA Library Advocacy Day Room Block @ Hilton Albany

Book your room by January 28!

Security Information

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.All adults (16+) must show a photo ID to enter - it is recommended that attendees carry a photo ID at all times. In addition, items that are sharp or may be construed as weapons are not allowed in any of the Empire State Plaza buildings (including "sticks" attached to Rally signs). Due to the security measures and the number of people expected in Albany that day, please leave yourself plenty of time to through security before meetings with legislators.

If you have questions, please contact the NYLA Office at director@nyla.org.

Who will gain?

  1. ALL NY libraries and citizens.
  2. ALL libraries and systems which receive direct state aid.
  3. Many libraries and systems which receive indirect state aid in the form of cooperative services and shared programs from their library system.
  4. Legislators who need to understand how libraries can help them.

What can I do now to support this effort?

  1. Call your legislator's office, either at his or her district office, or in Albany.
  2. Tell him/her how important your library is to the community—and its voting citizens.
  3. Tell him/her that increased funding for libraries is ESSENTIAL and CRITICAL.
  4. Use our helpful advocacy tools to help shape your personal message.

Snapshot Day 2014

NYLA is holding its fourth annual “SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of a Library” initiative January 13 through January 31. Our past SnapShotNY programs have been incredibly successful with over 75 libraries participating. Let’s try and double that number for 2014!  Click here for more information.

National Library Legislative Day

ALA's 39th Annual National Library Legislative Day is being held in Washington DC May 5-6, 2014.  For more information, click here.


Interesting in being a Library Advocacy Sponsor?
Click Here for Sponsorship Information

"Thank You!" to our Lobby Day 2014 Sponsors




Thank you to the NYLA Sections Sponsoring Advocacy Day:

Academic & Special Libraries Section (ASLS)
Leadership & Management Section (LAMS)
Public Libraries Section (PLS)
Reference & Adult Services Section (RASS)
Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology (SMART)
Section of School Librarians (SSL)
Youth Services Section (YSS)

Click here to view pictures from the 2013 Advocacy Day
Click here for the Advocacy Day 2012 Archive Page
Click here for the Advocacy Day 2013 Archive Page