Pre-Advocacy Day Activities 2015

NYLA is pleased to announce the following special events taking place

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Albany Hilton, Lodge Street, Albany, NY

There is a full day of meetings, programs and events available on Tuesday.
The following NYLA Affiliate Organizations are holding invitation-only meetings:

  1. NY3Rs
  3. SLSA
  4. NYALS

NYLA Community Conversation

10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Building on the recently adopted Strategic Vision Statement, NYLA invites all members to participate this program, which will focus on advancing two of NYLA's Guiding Principles:

  1. NYLA advances excellence in New York libraries.
  2. NYLA enhances member engagement.

Following an opening session, participants will be divided (self-selected during registration) into two working groups: one focusing on NYLA's goals for advancing excellence, and one focusing on NYLA's goals for enhancing member engagement.

Outcomes from these working group conversations will be made available on and will inform NYLA's planning and activities for the coming year.

A ticket to the Library Advocates Luncheon is provided at no cost to those participating in the Community Conversations.
There is no fee to participate in this program.  Pre-registration is required.

Library Advocates Luncheon

Sponsored By:

Share lunch with your fellow advocates.
This plated luncheon will take place at the Hilton Albany from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.
Preregistration is required. Space is limited.
Tickets to the luncheon are $22 per person.
You will receive a registration confirmation via e-mail.  Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 17



Sustainable Thinking: Leading Libraries Forward in Uncertain Times

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3 CE Contact Hours)

By infusing the core value of sustainability - in every area of operations and planning, not just through facilities - library leaders can develop partnerships and messages that will positively impact the future of our libraries and the communities that they serve. There are advantages to be gained on many fronts by adopting and developing a sustainable thought pattern, including funding, public perception, and library worker satisfaction. We will be joined by guest speaker Matthew Bollerman, Director of the Hauppauge Public Library.
By the end of this event participants will:
1) Understand the obstacles facing libraries to get the word out about our importance and value
2) Learn how to take a "whole systems approach" to leading their libraries into the future.
3) Receive practical examples of how other libraries are thinking sustainably


Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP, CSBA) is a passionate advocate for public libraries because she knows that library stakeholders build community, improve lives and can affect positive change in our world. Rebekkah currently serves as the Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY) where she daily assists 66 public libraries in the areas of leadership, funding and facilities. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Rebekkah is a frequent national presenter on the topic of leading libraries forward. Rebekkah is the author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State, a founding member of the American Library Association's Sustainability Roundtable, a past-president of the Leadership & Management Section of the New York Library Association (NYLA), a former NYLA Councilor-at-Large and a current member of the NYLA Legislative Committee.

There is no fee to participate in this program. Pre-registration is required.

Staff Can Be Library Advocates

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (1 CE Contact Hour)

Can you say vote yes in the Library? No. Can you let folks know how wonderful the library is while your behind the reference or circ desks? Absolutely. Be part of an exciting presentation that  brings out the best library staff advocacy strategies.



Libby Post, President of Communication Services, helped 28 out of 30 libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System win their referendum campaigns in 2005-06 through her innovative Library Campaign Training Institute. MHLS hired Post for its “Get to Yes” project. A seasoned campaign consultant, Post also has over 20 years of experience in not for profit branding, marketing, public relations and fund raising. She is now taking her electoral campaign experience and putting it to work for libraries and library systems.

There is no fee to participate in this program. Pre-registration is required.

This program is underwritten by:


2015 Library Champions Reception

Sponsored By:


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join members of the NYS Senate and Assembly as we toast all the hard work of those who have spoken out for library funding during the last Legislative Session.
All are welcome, no registration required.


2015 New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC Gala

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CLICK HERE for complete details.

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.