News & Updates from the Rural Libraries Round Table
There ARE openings coming up on the RLRT Board!
A note from our RLRT President
Greetings RLRT members!
Please mark your calendars - the Annual Meeting of the Rural Libraries Round Table will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Tuesday, November 2nd (Election Day!) at 3 PM.
The RLRT executive board election will take place at this meeting for the positions of Vice President, Secretary, and Member-at-Large.
The Zoom link, agenda, and additional reports and materials will be sent out in advance of the meeting. Stay tuned! We hope to see you there!
Michelle La Voie
Existing Board and Election Information
President: Michelle La Voie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice-President: - vacant –
Treasurer: Annie Miller (AMiller@sals.edu)
Secretary: Debby Emerson(email@example.com)
Immediate Past President: Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Are rural libraries important to you?
Please think about joining our RLRT Board.
Open positions are:
- Vice President/President-Elect
- Board Member-at-large
Michelle has agreed to stay on for one more year as President to try to achieve some continuity among the board.
Current Treasurer Annie Miller is retiring, and Debby Emerson has agreed to take over as Treasurer.
- RLRT members interested in open positions please contact RLRT Immediate Past President: Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn (email@example.com )
- Nominations are due Monday, October 4.
- Voting will be virtual at the annual meeting, November 2nd.
Tuesday, November 2 at 3:00 pm via Zoom.
This is where you VOTE for Board members!
Watch for more information.
Exhibit hours are 10:30 am – 5:00 pm on Thursday November 4, and 8:00 am – 12 noon on Friday, November 5.
- We need volunteers to staff the booth.
- We hope you can join us in person in Syracuse.
- Watch for more information.
Reminder: Are you sure you’re an RLRT member?
If you’re unsure, please check your membership profile at NYLA.org. Join!
New: under the Communications tab above, find back issues of the RLRT newsletters.
NYLA Friends of Libraries Section Seeks Small Rural Library Participation in 2021 Survey!
FLS is gathering data that will help them better assist Friends groups serving small rural libraries throughout New York State. They want to help ensure the long-term success of these volunteers, and your input will help them accomplish this goal!
FLS defines “small” in relation to the population of the library’s potential service area (generally 10,000 or fewer residents) and/or libraries that are distant from an urbanized area. The size of the Friends group roster is unimportant as far as survey participation is concerned. FLS welcomes any library or Friends group that identifies as rural and/or small to complete the survey.
The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BHL389H; it is also posted on the FLS homepage, www.nyla.org/friends, where people can also read more about their work. If you prefer a paper copy of the survey, it can be downloaded from the FLS homepage.
All Friends groups that respond to the survey will be entered into a drawing for a free one-year organizational membership in FLS/NYLA, a $50 value! Multiple survey replies from various group members are acceptable and would be appreciated, but the group’s name will only be placed in the drawing once. Responses are being accepted through Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
FLS’s mission is to create a network to connect and inspire Friends groups in all types of libraries to support the New York library community. Thank you for assisting them in their work by taking the time to participate in this survey and by encouraging your members to do so as well!
About Rural Libraries Round Table
This roundtable is designed to be of interest to libraries of all types including public, school, rural libraries, special and corporate, and small academic libraries.
Defining characteristics of “rural libraries”:
- Limited service population
- Limited budget
- Minimal staff
- Geographically isolated
The roundtable is able to serve these functions:
- Create a network of people who work, volunteer or are interested in rural libraries.
- Provide a forum for the smallest of NY state libraries to exchange ideas and experiences.
- Provide an opportunity for continuing education relevant to rural libraries.
Hello RLRT members. I'm Vince Sperrazza, the RLRT member working on up dating this NYLA web page. There is also an idea for "Rural Libraries Virtual Visits" with an aim to increase networking and hopefully increase membership.
Any members interested in working on an ad-hoc committee for this project please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with RLRT in the subject line.
I hope to hear from you.
Please note that the RLRT is in the process of updating this web page. For comments, suggestions, or questions contact RLRT member Vince Sperrazza at email@example.com.