Making Policies that Support Library Services 



Original Air Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 2pm-3pm

Good library policies set the stage for your library to provide relevant and effective services to your community. At this webinar we'll look at why your policies matter, and how you can make sure they're supporting your staff and your patrons.
Learning objectives: 

  1. Understand the importance and value of library policy for providing library services
  2. Be able to apply best practices to develop and maintain effective library policy



Casey Conlin, Library Sustainability Coordinator, Mid-Hudson Library System

Casey Conlin has held positions in libraries large and small as clerk, librarian, assistant director, and library director. At these libraries he helped increase the visibility, accessibility, relevance, and use of the library by helping the organization listen to and build authentic connections with the people and organizations in the community. As library sustainability coordinator at the Mid-Hudson Library System, Casey and the library sustainability team work to help 66 member libraries build their capacity to create more resilient communities through consulting services to help libraries comply with relevant laws and regulations and create effective relationships in their communities, professional development opportunities that build library leaders’ and stakeholders’ skills and knowledge in project management, leadership, compliance, and personnel management, and trends in library services, and cohort programs and grants that provide local library leaders with space and time to explore ways to deliver new library services, and evaluate new ways to deliver existing services. Casey currently serves as coordinator for the American Library Association’s Sustainability Roundtable, which provides resources and support for the library community in creating a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society through the development and administration of events, courses, resources, and connections. Casey is a founding member of the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative, which created and supports a first-of-its-kind interactive tool to help libraries ensure the sustainability of their organizations using the triple bottom line of sustainability to measure and implement library policy and operations that are socially equitable, environmentally sound, and economically feasible.


Cost and Registration:

The archived version is available at no cost.


There is no cost to attend for current members of the Leadership & Management Section of NYLA.  The NYLA/LAMS membership must be active on March 1, 2021 and the membership expiration date must be after the date of the webinar.  When registering, LAMS members need their assigned username and password to qualify for an “LAMS 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 LAMS) and $35 for those who are not members of NYLA.  

Group registrations are also available ($75 member rate /$99 nonmember rate) per webinar. 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 LAMS to their existing membership in order to attend the webinar at no cost.

Beginning on February 10, 2021 registration will be open through the NYLA Online Membership Center and a credit card is required for payment. Checks and purchase orders are not accepted.  Registration is closed 48 hours prior to the start time of the webinar.