FLS Section History

Embarking on Year Four

The Friends of Libraries Section ushered in the next administration at its Annual Membership Meeting in Saratoga Springs during the 2017 NYLA Annual Conference on Friday, November 10. Outgoing President Janet Kreason passed the gavel to Rebecca Fuss who will lead the Section as President. She is the fourth person to hold this position.

It will be during her presidency that the Section will embark on its first Long Range Plan.  It is the guide for the next three years, continuing many of the initiatives already in place and looking to develop new projects and services for the Friends of Libraries across New York State.

You may read the FLS Long Range Plan here.

FLS is also pleased to announce that all of the Board positions and committee assignments are full at this time. But that doesn’t mean there is no more room for volunteers. An active member form is in the development phase and will be distributed as soon as it is approved by the board.

Please watch for updates about the work of the Friends of Libraries Section and the ways that you can become involved. The December newsletter will also be out soon. It has a complete wrap-up of the most ambitious line-up of programs to date for the Section with record attendance and high marks on evaluations; another very successful year! Special thanks to all of the presenters who made this possible. See the archive of presentation resources from the conference here.

pictured above, left; to right, Rebecca Fuss and Janet Kreason

Passing of the Gavel

FLS held its Annual Membership Meeting on November 4, 2016 at the NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs. The gavel has now been passed from Sarah Sachs, now Immediate Past President, to Janet Kreason, President.

Highlights of the meeting included approving the 2015 FLS Annual Membership Meeting Minutes (read them here), a recap of the year's FLS activities, and the installation of the 2016 - 2017 FLS Executive Board.

Stay tuned for additional highlights from the conference and be on the lookout for the December issue of News and Notes.

left; to right, Sarah Sachs and Janet Kreason


The Beginnings of FLS

The Friends of Libraries Section was formed at the Annual Membership Meeting of the New York Library Association on November 6, 2014.  A motion to approve a change in status from Roundtable to Section, which also included a name change from EFR to FLS, was put forth by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and seconded by Lisa C. Wemett.  It carried by a unanimous vote.

Lisa Wemett, Sarah Sachs, Chrissie Morrison, and Randy Enos 
hold up FLS signs right after the vote to change Empire Friends Roundtable
into Friends of Libraries Section at the November 6 NYLA Annual Membership Meeting

photo by Terry Mulee


NYLA 2016 Legislative Session Recap

Click here for a report by NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen.