The RLRT will once again offer a scholarship for a rural library worker
to attend the NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show. This year's 
conference will be held November 1- November 4 in Saratoga Springs
(click here for more information). 

The award is $800, which includes full conference registration and other related conference

Applicants need to be a current RLRT member or agree to join RLRT
upon award of the scholarship. A professional degree is not required.

Click here to learn more and apply. Deadline is June 23, 2023.

Sometime soon, you can expect to see the conference brochure and
app posted. Conference Registration opens on August 1.

The 2023 NYLA Annual Conference will take place Wednesday,
November 1 – Saturday, November 4 at the Saratoga Springs City
Center in Saratoga Springs. The conference hotel is the Saratoga
Hilton at 534 Broadway. Link here.





FEBRUARY 2023 - SPECIAL - Board and Conference News!  The Rural Report MEMBER BLAST

Link here!



Minutes for the Annual Meeting are on the Communications tab above or on Minutes tab from the Board tab.

To find the By Laws, click the Board and Officers tab above. Then click the By Laws tab on the page that comes up.  



Rural Libraries Round Table Long Range Plan 

2023-2025 - adopted Nov 2, 2022

Rural Libraries Roundtable Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the New York Library Association (NYLA) Rural Libraries Roundtable (RLRT) is to foster communication among individuals who work in or serve as trustees for rural libraries in New York State. The group will serve as a platform for discussion and peer-support on issues of specific interest to rural libraries.


In 2009, the founding members of the Rural Libraries Roundtable drafted a Long Range Plan (LRP) to help guide the work of the roundtable. 

In 2022, the RLRT Board surveyed membership to determine what issues were most important to rural libraries’ staff. Those results have directed an updated LRP serving the years 2023-2025.  

Goals and Actions

In response to the 2022 survey, the following goals and actions were developed to meet the needs of RLRT membership. 

Goal One: To provide quality training, programming, and resources to help support the operations of rural libraries.



Goal Two: To build Rural Libraries Roundtable membership and provide opportunities for networking and recognition.




Goal Three: Create marketing and public relations tools to promote RLRT and build awareness of rural library issues, areas of opportunity, and accomplishments.



The RLRT Board, led by the President, will continuously monitor and evaluate the RLRT’s progress towards these goals, presenting an update to membership at the Annual Meeting.



RLRT Board 2022 – 2023

Our newly elected board members officially begin their term of office on Friday, November 4th. This year, only the president and vice-president are new to those roles. Please congratulate Keturah and Suzanne.

President: Keturah Cappadonia, Southern Tier Library System

Vice-President / President Elect: Suzanne Macaulay, OWWL Library System

Treasurer: Debby Emerson, Wadsworth Library, Geneseo

Secretary: Karen Ash, Angelica Free Library

Immediate Past President: Michelle La Voie, Olean Public Library             

Member-at-Large: Vince Sperrazza, Clayville Library Association


RLRT Board 2021 - 2022

President: Michelle La Voie, Olean Public Library                 (

Vice-President: Keturah Cappadonia, Southern Tier Library System

Treasurer: Debby Emerson, Wadsworth Library, Geneseo

Secretary: Karen Ash, Angelica Free Library

Immediate Past President: Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn . Avon Free Library

Member-at-Large: Vince Sperrazza, Clayville Library Association



About Rural Libraries Round Table

The purpose of the NYLA Rural Libraries Roundtable is to enable librarians, library managers, friends and trustees of rural libraries to keep in touch with each other as well as assist NYLA in its mission and goals.

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”:

The roundtable is able to serve these functions:

 For comments, suggestions, or questions contact RLRT member Vince Sperrazza at