Pre-Advocacy Day Activities 2019

NYLA is pleased to announce the following special events taking place

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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 12


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

Hacks for Better Library Service & Productivity

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

As computing power increases, more and more of the tasks we perform can be aided by software. Likewise, new developments in search and consumer expectations mean new opportunities to bring the library to the community’s attention. We’ll showcase some of our favorite free and low-cost tools for doing better outreach, increasing the library’s visibility, processing data, taking advantage of Google’s structured data, automating basic processes, communicating, and more. There will also be time allotted for people to share their own hacks and tips.

Casey Conlin, Mid-Hudson Library System

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


Libraries Respond to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

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

Engage with library leaders and learn how New York State libraries are responding to the opioid overdose epidemic.  This panel discussion will include representatives from public, school, and academic libraries.  An overview of the state level perspective and resources available from the New York State Library will also be presented.  The second half of the program will deliver Narcan training for all those in attendance via Project Safe Point.  Project Safe Point is a program of Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services Harm Reduction services to the greater Capital Region.

Frank Rees, New York State Library, Division of Library Development
Thomas Vitale, Patterson Library
Matt Pfisterer, Middletown Thrall Library
Joseph Filippone, Director of Prevention Services, Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services

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


The All of Us Research Program and Public Libraries

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3 CE Contact Hour)

The National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine have partnered to support public libraries in meeting the health information needs of their patrons and engaging their communities around the All of Us Research Program. This preconference will provide an overview of the program, precision medicine, and the partnership.

The discussion will revolve around programming ideas, funding opportunities, and community engagement for public libraries around issues of health literacy, precision medicine, and All of Us. Attendees will explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different ages and special populations through hands-on interaction and idea-sharing. They will also learn about core health resources, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program is an unprecedented effort to gather data from one million or more people mirroring the diversity of the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.                                                                                  

In this workshop, participants will:

  1. Define precision medicine and the goals of the All of Us Research Program.
  2. Gain knowledge of consumer health resources and confidence in providing information to patrons.
  3. Brainstorm and participate in health programming ideas and community engagement strategies around All of Us related topics that will appeal to your community.
  4. Learn about opportunities for funding and training to develop and deploy health programming at your library.
  5. There is no registration fee to participate in this preconference program, which is limited to 30 attendees. Attendees will also be eligible to apply for funding to implement the presented programming ideas at their own libraries.


Dr. Elizabeth Gross Cohn loves libraries and grew up in a number of them on Long Island and New York where she spent her formative years among the stacks and reading all manner of books.
She was named by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change in Precision Medicine for her work at the intersection of precision medicine, public health and health equity. She is the Rudin Professor of Community Engaged Research at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and was the Inaugural Executive Director of the Center for Health Innovation at Adelphi University. She leads Community Engagement for the All of Us New York City Consortium as well as the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at Columbia University and Cornell University.
She has had funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and New York State Department of Health. As an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, she works to transform lives with both her award-winning teaching and her research. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, in The Atlantic and in Men’s Health.
Dr. Cohn received her Associate’s Degree from Nassau Community College, her Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Purchase, her Master’s Degree and Nurse Practitioner from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Doctorate from Columbia University.

Veronica Leigh Milliner is the All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Middle Atlantic Region based in Pittsburgh, PA. She works with public libraries to build capacity to provide health programming, improve health literacy of their patrons, and education & awareness around the All of Us Research Program. She is a librarian who has previously worked in public libraries, both within the United States and abroad, with a focus on programming, youth development, outreach services, and staff training. She is interested in exploring the role of the public library as a community asset and nontraditional library programs and services that improve lives in their communities.



2019 New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC Gala

6:00 PM - 9:00 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 31, 2019!