Pre-Advocacy Day Activities 2018

NYLA is pleased to announce the following special events taking place

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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. ESLN
  3. SLSA
  4. NYALS

Library Advocates Luncheon


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 14


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

Care and Feeding of Your Library Board

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

A solid partnership between the library board and the library director is critical to a strong and vibrant public library. This session will explore common communication breakdowns between trustees and directors, and outline the role of the library director in cultivating the traits that trustees need to succeed.

Cassie Guthrie is the Director of the Greece Public Library, a suburban Rochester library serving the 96,000 residents of the Town of Greece. Prior to joining the team in Greece, she was Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System (Canandaigua) and Community Relations Librarian at the White Plains Public Library. She currently serves as NYLA's Treasurer and on the Steering Committee of the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee.

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


Everything You Wanted to Know about NYS Library Construction Grants

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

Does your library need to upgrade its broadband service? Add programming space? Expand its teen room? Improve ADA access? Each year New York State makes millions of dollars in construction aid available to public libraries and library systems. This workshop will walk you through the application process. Learn what constitutes an eligible project and what documents are necessary to include with your application. Avoid pitfalls that can disqualify or delay an application. Life happens; learn how to amend a project once it has begun.

Mary Anne Waltz is the Program Manager for State Aid for Library Construction at the State Library, Division of Library Development. In the three years since assuming the position, she has reviewed over 600 applications and overseen the progress and successful closing of hundreds more. Before coming to the State Library, she was the program coordinator and trainer for the Digital Literacy project at NYLA. In her past life as an academic librarian, she was involved in major renovation/construction projects at Syracuse University, the University at Albany, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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


2017 New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC Gala

6:00 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 26, 2018!