2019 Annual Conference & Trade Show


The 2019 NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show was held in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 13 - 16, 2019. There was over 12 hours of Continuing Education credit, various networking events, and access to the latest and greatest library products! WE had over 1,000 mebers of NY's library community join us.


2019 Keynote

Philosophical Publics: Ruling Ourselves, Thinking Together
Thursday, November 14
9:00 - 10:15 AM
Democracy is a word we hear all the time, but we rarely pause to reflect on what it actually means. Building on her 2018 documentary “What Is Democracy?” and recent book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, Astra Taylor will speak about democracy’s inherently paradoxical nature. [continue reading]

Presented by:
Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director of the philosophical documentaries What Is Democracy?Examined Life, and Zizek!; the author of the American Book Award winner The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age; and a co-founder of the Debt Collective. She has written for The New York TimesThe London Review of BooksThe GuardianThe WalrusThe Bafflern+1, and many other outlets. Her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, is now out from Metropolitan Books.


Consultants Give Back: Open Office Hours

As a value-added bonus to the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference, a select number of library industry experts have volunteered their time to offer brief (20 minute) consultation sessions.

These 'office hours' will take place on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, times vary by consultant at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The following experts have agreed to participate:

Ron Kirsop, PMP: Productivity One-on-One
Thursday, November 14,  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sign-up for a time slot with Ron Kirsop  Registration Closed

Mary Anne Waltz: State Aid for Library Construction
Thursday, November 14, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sign up for a time slot with Mary Anne Waltz Registration Closed

Paul Mays: Construction Project Planning
Friday, November 15,  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sign up for a time slot with Paul Mays Registration Closed

Geoff Kirkpatrick: Civil Service - SOLD OUT
Friday, November 15,  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn more about the Consultants Office Hours here.

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Thank you to our Conference Curators!

The conference programmers are representatives from all the sections, roundtables, and committees that make up NYLA.  It is their hard work that results in the conference as you know it.  Many thanks to each and every conference programmer!

2019 Conference Chair - Amanda Travis
2019 Conference Associate Chair - Ellen Rubin
CE Committee - Deanna DiCarlo

For Trade Show questions, please contact NYLA Marketing or call 518-432-6952 ext. 105.

Section Curators

ASLS - Ryan Perry
FLS - Lisa Wemett
LAMS - Tim Furgal
PLS- Kelly Yim
RASS - Kristin Charles-Scaringi
SMART - Rosemarie Gatzek
SSL - Stacey Rattner
YSS - Jessica Bowen
SCLA - Angela Breslin

Round Table Curators

CORT - Andrea Snyder
ESRT - Selina Sharmin
GIRT - Mary Redmond
IFRT - Frank McKenna
ILRT - Kate Erwin
LAR - Casey Conlin
LGBTQIART - Tom Vitale
LHRT - Peter Ward
M&PRRT - Michelle Metcalf
MSRT - Leah Hamilton
NMN - Arielle Hessler
NYBLC - Sandra Echols
PCRT - Laurie Dreye
RLRT - Andrea Snyder

Affiliate Curators

ESLN - Jessica Philippe
LTA - John McCarthy
SED/NYSL - Frank Rees
SLSA - Susanne Ford-Croghan
ULU - Larissa Larrier

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Future NYLA Conferences

2020: Saratoga Springs, November 4-7
2021: Syracuse, November 3-6
2022: Saratoga Springs, November 2-5
2023: Saratoga Springs, November 1-4

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