Pre-Advocacy Day Activities 2016

NYLA is pleased to announce the following special events taking place

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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 Conversations
with the Continuing Education and Membership Committees

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Building on the recently adopted Strategic Vision Statement, NYLA invites all members to participate in one of two focus groups helping to advance two of NYLA's Guiding Principles:

  1. The NYLA Continuing Education Committee will lead a discussion on the principle "NYLA advances excellence in New York libraries"
  2. The NYLA Membership Committee will lead a discussion on the principle "NYLA enhances member engagement"

Outcomes from these working group conversations 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 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.
Preregistration is required. Space is limited.
Tickets to the luncheon are $15 per person.
You will receive a registration confirmation via e-mail.  Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 23


* Note: Credit card is required for registration.  Checks and purchase orders not accepted.

Meaningful Personnel Evaluations

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (1.5 CE Contact Hours)

Learn how to go beyond the standard performance evaluation to make it the most important and meaningful process in the development of your Library.

Evelyn Neale, Director, William K. Sanford Library, Colonie, NY

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


Dealing with the Media: Ummmm.... There's a Reporter on the Phone

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (1.5 CE Contact Hour)

Gain insights and useful strategies for working with reporters, including how to handle yourself during an interview and how to make YOUR points heard.  Plus tips on how to build relationships with the media, and get your press releases noticed.

We are pleased to have a panel comprised of a trio of Library Public Information Officers.

Mark Curiale, Guilderland Public Library
Kristen Roberts, Bethlehem Public Library
Stephanie Simon, Albany Public Library

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


2016 Library Champions Reception

5:30 PM - 6:30 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.

2016 New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC Gala

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Albany Hilton, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY

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.

NYLA Library Advocacy Day Room Block @ Hilton Albany

Book your room by January 30, 2016!

Pre-Advocacy Day Schedule of Events




10:00 – 12:00

NYLA Continuing Education Committee

(11:00 – 12:00 Community Conversation)

Empire Room


NYLA Membership Committee

(11:00 – 12:00 Community Conversation)

State Room

11:00 – 3:30

SLSA Meeting (invitation only)

Governor’s E


ESLN Meeting (invitation only)

Capitalo Room

12:00 – 1:00

Library Advocates Luncheon

Governor’s A

1:00 – 3:30

PULISDO Meeting (invitation only)

Governor’s D

1:30 – 3:00

CE Workshop: Meaningful Evaluations

Governor’s C


Sustainability Initiative – Check-In

Empire Room

1:30 – 4:30

NYLA L&MA: Essential Skills

Governor’s B

3:30 – 5:00

CE Workshop: Dealing with the Media

Governor’s C

4:00 – 5:00

NYLAS Meeting (invitation only)

Governor’s D

5:00 – 5:30

Library Advocates Briefing

Governor’s B

5:30 – 6:30

Library Champions Reception

Old Kelsey’s **

6:30 – 9:30

NYers for Better Libraries Gala (ticketed)

Governor’s A