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From the President...
April 2012, by Matt Bollerman, Hauppauge Public Library

Michael Borges has left the building.

Since 2004 Michael has been a major presence in the New York library community as NYLA’s Executive Director. He will be missed as the “library guy” in Albany to our State Government and a key member of the NYLA staff at conferences, workshops and meetings at each Annual Conference. I wish Mike all the best in his next efforts.

The NYLA Council has reviewed the job description for the Executive Director position and will be sending out an announcement shortly. At the February Council meeting we appointed Jeremy Johannesen Interim Executive Director while the search is undertaken. The Council hopes to have the position filled in time for the beginning of the State Budget cycle and the Annual Conference.

NYLA is a great resource for furthering your career with ongoing continuing education programs. The Leadership and Management Academy will be meeting June 6th-8th in Saratoga Springs and offering three classes towards the fulfillment of this certificate. Facilities management, budgeting and fundraising will be covered. Another round of the Library Assistant Training Program concluded in Albany in March. Keep an eye out for the next time this training is offered.

YSS and SSL section conferences hold their conferences in the Spring. YSS met in Ronkonkoma in late March and SSL is scheduled for May in Binghamton. Please go the Sections area of our web site, to find out more about their events and other good work the sections are doing on your behalf. 

The Annual Conference planning is well under way for November 7th-10th in Saratoga Springs. A preliminary schedule is being readied for your study, and I hope to have you join us at our signature event.  Many of the Association’s award applications are starting to be filed, so check out your section’s information for opportunities.

I hope all the members have a wonderful spring. I am looking forward to visiting some of the State’s great libraries and spreading the news on the good work that NYLA does for its members. Let me know how we are doing, or @bollermn on Twitter.