(Interim) Executive Director's Report

The NYLA Council continues the important work of identifying the next NYLA Executive Director.  A permanent appointment and public announcement are anticipated before the end of June.

NYLA Launches Digital Literacy Train-the-Trainer Workshops

With support from a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Library Association is pleased to announce a series of train-the-trainer workshops on the NYS Digital Literacy standards. These workshops, to be held throughout the state over the next two years, will introduce the approved digital literacy curriculum to library staff. The goal of the program is to develop a cadre of trained library staff who can advance the digital literacy skills of their patrons. The workshops are open to all public library staff who interact with the public.

There is no fee to attend the workshops, and lunch will be provided. Travel and substitute staffing reimbursements are available to eligible libraries. In addition, libraries that send a staff person for training and then offer one of the recommended classes are eligible for a $150 incentive payment.

For complete details on this program, a schedule of upcoming workshops and the register, please visit – diglitny.org.

For more information, contact Mary Anne Waltz, project manager and trainer, at
518.432.6952 x106

Library Advocacy – Post-Budget Session Update

On Wednesday, June 13, representatives from NYLA’s Legislative Committee will participate in a series of meetings with members of the legislature to advance NYLA’s Legislative Priorities.

The following issues are moving forward with hope of passage:

Library Card Info Distributed to Students 
This bill (S.4174 Oppenheimer/A.8976 Reilly) would require school districts to disseminate informational materials about applications for public library cards to students if they are provided by their library.
Status: Reported and Committed to Finance 5/31/12, Passed Assembly 5/31/12

BOCES-Libraries Internet Partnerships 
This bill (S.1573 Oppenheimer/A.464 Gunther) would authorize BOCES to contract with public libraries or library systems for internet services.  
Replaced by bill (S.7014 Flanagan / A.10147 Nolan) would authorize BOCES to enter into contracts with public libraries or library systems for any available services.  Status: Passed Senate 6/4/12, Referred to Assembly Education 6/4/12

MTA Payroll Tax 
This bill (S.6079 Martins/ A.8868 Abinanti) would add public libraries to list of entities exempt from MTA pay roll tax.
Status: Passed Senate 6/4/12, Referred to Assembly Ways and Means 6/4/12

Your support is always welcome via the New Yorkers for Better Public Libraries Political Action Committee, visit: www.newyorkersforbetterlibraries.org.

Library Assistants Training Program – Fall 2012

Coming this Fall, the popular Library Assistants Training program is coming to Westchester Community College.  The program will run September 10-15, 2012.

This 18 hour, certificate, non-credit program is open to individuals already working in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate, the individual must complete all four programs: Introduction, Public/Circulation Services, Reference, and Technical Services.  The cost for the program is $250.

For details, click here

NYLA Council Election 2012

It is time again for the NYLA Council elections.  Candidate information and ballots will be distributed during the month of June, with elections closing July 15, 2012.

This year NYLA members will be electing:
-  A President-Elect, who will serve from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2013 and then as NYLA President from Nov. 2013 – Nov. 2014.
- Two Councilors at Large who will each serve from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2015
- One Treasurer-Elect, who will serve from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2013, and then as NYLA Treasurer from Nov. 2013 – Nov. 2015.

The Nominating Committee has identified the following slate of candidates:

NYLA President
Cathie Marriott
Sara Kelly Johns

Councilor at Large
Sue Considine
Frank McKenna

Councilor at Large
John Shaloiko
Marcy Strong

NYLA Treasurer-Elect
Geoff Kirkpatrick
Timothy Burke

To view candidate statements/bios, click here.