Everything You Need to Know about #NYLALAD18

Preparing for #NYLALAD18

NYLA Advocacy Town-Hall
This webinar will provide up-to-minute information on where the library community stands in the NYS Budget negotiation process, and the outlook for our 2018 Legislative Agenda. Presented by NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, Mike Neppl, and Chair of the NYLA Legislative Committee, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich.
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Advocacy Day Briefing
This event is designed for all library advocates – library directors, staff, trustees, Friends Groups, volunteers and patrons - who are interested in speaking up for libraries during the New York budget negotiation season. Between now and April 1st library advocates have the opportunity to influence a number of key issues such as library aid and state aid for library construction.
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Real People. Real Dollars.
Real People. Real Dollars. is an effort to drive more library advocates to the NYLA Online Advocacy Center and increase awareness of Library Advocacy Day. This effort was originally started by the Mid-Hudson Library System in 2016 and is now going statewide! We’re calling on libraries from across the state to participate in the 2018 Real People. Real Dollars. campaign. Investing in libraries has a big return on investment for the communities they serve, help us tell that story in pictures as we prepare for Library Advocacy Day on February 28!
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Library Horror Stories
We're collecting photos and comments to show the New York State Legislature, Governor, and policymakers just how critical an increase in library construction aid really is.

We are looking for photos of:
Inaccessible buildings and bathrooms
Ancient HVAC equipment
Wildly overcrowded meeting spaces
Old or crazy wiring schemes

Getting to #NYLALAD18

Directions & Logistics

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Pre-Advocacy Day Activities
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Travel to Albany one day early and partake in some top notch professional development, the Library Advocates Luncheon, and more! View complete details here!

Activities During #NYALAD18

Behind-the-Scenes New York State Library Tour
Two tours – 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM (duration 45 minutes)
Pre-Registration encouraged, 15 participants per tour – register through NYLA
Library staff and trustees are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of the New York State Library.  Tour participants will visit areas of interest that are closed to the public.
Participants should meet on the 7th floor of the Cultural Education Building in the lobby of the Library.  (The State Museum building)

Owl Cowls are Back for 2018
An Owl Cowl is a large loose light yellow (lemon) scarf, to represent the MLS cowl.
Keep your advocacy based knitting going! Help library advocates stand out in the crowd!  And end up with a great new cowl to boot!

The Rally for Library Advocates - 12:00 PM
Gather in the "Well" of the LOB at 12:00 PM for a Library Advocate's Rally!
Join fellow Library Advocates and plan to make your voices heard!

Legislative Office Visits
Meetings with individual Legislators (or their office) are coordinated by library systems, or regional coordinators.  NYLA will have a listing of all the legislative office visits that we have been made aware of at the NYLA Base Camp (LOB120).
Please be sure to review the NYLA Legislative Priorities prior to your meetings.

APL Friends Zone
It's a well-known fact that people who love libraries really love libraries. On Library Advocacy Day this year, the Friends of Albany Public Library are creating a place for library advocates to relax and have a cup of coffee in their favorite place--the library!
When walking the halls of the Capitol has got you worn out, stop by the Large Auditorium at the APL Washington Ave branch. The Friends of APL will have coffee and sweets available for Friends groups visiting Albany for Advocacy Day. Tell us what's going on at your Library and with your Friends group and find out what's going on here.

For more information on NYLA Library Advocacy Day, visit nyla.org/advocacy.