Friends of the Library Sections (FLS) Update

Submitted by Terry Mulee, FLS 2nd Vice President

FLS Election Results:

On August 2 the FLS Executive Board accepted the results of the 2019 election at the annual inperson board meeting. Congratulations to the newly elected. A warm welcome to incoming Vice President/President Elect Karen Sperrazza who is new to the board and welcome back to the incumbents! Click here to read their profiles.

The elected slate is as follows:
President/Immediate Past President - filling an unexpired term due to vacancy
Term Ending: November 2021
Lisa C. Wemett
Macedon (Pioneer Library System)

First Vice President/President Elect
Term Ending: November 2022
Karen Sperrazza
Sauquoit (Mid York Library System)

Term Ending: November 2021
Lynne Madden
Forestport (Mid York Library System)

Members At Large
Term Ending: November 2021
Kerstin Cruger, Poughkeepsie (Mid-Hudson Library System)
Patricia L. Loughan, Plattsburgh (Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System)
Terry Morris, DeWitt (Onondaga County Public Library)
Marie Orlando, Valatie (Mid-Hudson Library System)

FLS Presents a New Webinar: Connecting With Today’s Volunteers

Save the date for another exciting webinar from FLS! Connecting With Today’s Volunteers to Transform the Friends of the Library: Expectations, Engagement, and Impact, will be offered on Wednesday, September 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. Volunteer service is a valuable strategy for community engagement, but traditional volunteer programs in libraries of all sizes need to be redesigned to work with today’s volunteers -- many of whom have limited time to give and expect to have their expertise put to good use. Join us and learn how to engage and harness the power of skilled volunteers with talents ranging from graphic design and public relations to event planning and leadership. Get a coupon for a 20% discount on Carla’s book, From Library Volunteer to Library Advocate: Tapping into the Power of Community Engagement (Libraries Unlimited, 2018)

Carla Lehn, former Library Programs Consultant for the California State Library and author of From Library Volunteer to Library Advocate: Tapping into the Power of Community Engagement (Libraries Unlimited, 2018), will be sharing innovative approaches that are reshaping other nonprofits such as online volunteer recruitment sites and virtual volunteers working remotely on library projects. See how these changes can have an impact and help the Friends succeed in their mission.

Before joining the California State Library staff, Carla was a private consultant on volunteer engagement, board development, and community collaboration. She also worked at United Way for over a decade. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to 1) identify current trends that require a shift in traditional volunteer management practices; 2) inventory their organization’s needs that can be met by the expertise and skills of new volunteers; 3) design effective job descriptions establishing explicit expectations of training, investment of time, and clearly delineated tasks; and 4) prepare an achievable recruitment plan to locate skilled volunteers to meet the
organization’s needs.

There is no cost to attend for existing personal and organizational members of the Friends of Libraries Section of NYLA. The NYLA/FLS membership must be active on August 1, 2019 and the membership expiration date must be after the date of the webinar. Elected officers of Friends Group organizational members of NYLA are also eligible for this benefit, as long as these individuals are included on the “Elected Officer Registration Form” on file with Lois Powell, NYLA’s Director of Membership Services. When registering, FLS members need their assigned user name and password to qualify for an “FLS Member Reg Pass” that will waive the webinar registration fee.

The charge for the webinar is $25 for NYLA personal or organizational members (who are not members of FLS) and $35 for those who are not members of NYLA. Group registrations are also available ($75 member rate / $99 nonmember rate). Interested participants may choose to join NYLA prior to registering for the webinar to receive the NYLA member rate. However, at the time of registration, a NYLA member may not add FLS to their existing membership in order to attend the webinar at no cost. Registration is closed 48 hours prior to the start time of the webinar.

Registration is through the NYLA Online Membership Center and a credit card is required for payment. Checks and purchase orders are not accepted. Online registration will open on August 14 on NYLA’s web site.
Get a coupon for a 20% discount on Carla’s book, From Library Volunteer to Library Advocate: Tapping into the Power of Community Engagement (Libraries Unlimited, 2018)

FLS at the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference:

Click here for the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference page which includes a link to register or here for the three pages of the FLS June issue of Friends News and Notes with info on registration details and programs specific to Friends.

FLS on NYLA Pre-Conference Workshop Day:

On Wednesday, November 13, FLS is sponsoring a Continuing Education Workshop presented by Evelyn Neale, Executive Director for the Colonie Town Library and owner of Successful Change Inc. Achieving Success for the Friends Through Strategic Planning is from 1:30 - 4:30. Advance registration and a fee is required. Click here for more workshop details and here for registration rates.