Grace Riario

Candidate for Treasurer-Elect (2019-21) / Treasurer (2021-23)

Interim Executive Director, Ramapo Catskill Library System

My experience as a Member-At-Large from 2015 to 2018 was rewarding, and I hope for the opportunity to continue it. During my time on Council, I had the opportunity to meet professionals from diverse backgrounds that brought different perspective to the discussions regarding the continuous changes in the field of Librarianship. My experience working as part of the team that developed the New York State trustee education curriculum and the update of the library minimum standards reinforced my opinion that NYLA is an essential ingredient to the success of libraries being seen as a key partner to community development. The success of advocating for libraries over the past few years can be credited to the NYLA strategic plan of speaking with one consist message across all libraries in New York. My top concern is, if NYLA is a key player to the future of libraries, why are all libraries not funding that key organization. My hope is to work with the NYLA Executive Director to increase revenue and find new ways to promote NYLA services to libraries.


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