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The Newsletter of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative 



We’re so busy getting ready for the NYLA Annual Conference next week that we’re taking a break from our usual newsletter format. Look for us in your inbox next month where we’ll feature Local Supports Local initiatives.

We hope to see you in Saratoga Springs November 9-11th.

Look for us on the Trade Show Floor in Booth #112 and be sure to attend all of our sessions!


Libraries are a Powerful Platform for Change

Thursday, November 9: (4:15 - 5:15p)

Sponsors: LAMS / PLS, ESRT, IFRT
Track: Administration & Leadership

Libraries are a powerful platform for positive change in the lives of those we serve. We can change the world, one library at a time. Raise your awareness and be inspired to own your role as a sustainability leader in your community. Our goal: Ensure that New York's communities thrive, bounce back from disruption and are infused with new and better life for everyone. Libraries can lead the way. This event will combine the conceptual with the practical. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to position the library as a community leader, create mutually beneficial partnerships and inspire future investment in the library.



Matthew Bollerman, Hauppauge Public Library
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System


Youth Services Sustainability, Growing Our Own

Friday, November 10: (9:00 - 10:00a)

Sponsors: YSS
Track: School & Youth Programs, Services, and Literacy

Youth Services Departments work with parents, caregivers, and children every day - yet how often do we think of our work as being sustainable to the future of libraries? This presentation will introduce you to the basic concepts of sustainability in libraries, and will focus closely on how Youth Services Departments can play a vital role in helping their library be a leader in creating sustainable, resilient communities.



Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System



Show Us Your Road Map!

Saturday, November 11: (9:30 - 10:30)

Sponsor: SI
Track: Administration & Leadership

In 2016 the NYLA Sustainability Initiative launched a Road Map to Sustainability. We’ve heard from dozens of library leaders across the state that they are making good things happen. We want to hear more! Come and share how you got started, what you’ve been working on and how the NYLA-SI project has changed your thinking about the future of your library. At this event we will also share details of the new Sustainable Library Certification Program being launched through NYLA!

And don't forget to bring your Road Map!



Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System
Matthew Bollerman, Hauppauge Public Library
Stephen Maher, NYU Health Sciences Library



Break a Sweat


Support the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

Spring Trail Fun-Run

Friday November 10th: (6:30 - 8:00 AM)
Approximately 3 miles

On this out and back run, we will take a slightly hilly 5k course around the Skidmore Campus. We will pass mansions reflecting Victorian architecture from the 1870s to the turn of the twentieth century as well as the newly built Palazzo Riggi that will be decorated for the holidays. Sidewalks, bike lanes and soft gravel paths will keep us all safe, but since this is a pre-dawn event, headlamp and reflective gear are suggested.

Registration for this event is $8 per person. Proceeds to benefit the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Fund.
Contact NYLA to add this event to your registration, or bring cash or check with you the day of the run.



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