NYLA's Library Advocacy Day

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Albany, NY

Thanks to everyone who came out in support of library funding!

New York Library Advocacy DayLegislative Breifing: Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6
Mid-Day Rally: "The Well" of the Legislative Office Building

Click here for a map of the Empire State Plaza (PDF)

Didn't make it to Albany for Library Advocacy Day (LAD)?  Not to worry there are many other ways you can contribute to the effort and speak out for libraries.  NYLA Virtual Advocacy Efforts 2013

Summary of Events

Pre-Advocacy Day Activities


Various NYLA Affiliates will be holding meetings on Monday, March 4, 2013. The New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee held a Fundraising Gala in the evening of March 4, 2013.

Overnight Accommodations:
Albany Marriott (Click here to book your room)
189 Wolf Road · Albany, New York 12205

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – Library Advocacy Day

8:00am - 9:30am - Legislative Meet & Greet: NYLA hosts an informal buffet breakfast for legislators and staff to meet with library advocates from around the state in Meeting Room Six in the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza. Legislators are also given the opportunity at this time to have their photos taken for the annual READ posters and bookmarks that are used to promote the Statewide Summer Reading Program.

9:30am – 11:00am – Advocacy Day Briefings: Briefings on the current status of budget negotiations and NYLA’s Legislative Priorities will be given at regular intervals in Meeting Room 6, Concourse Level of the Empire State Plaza.

11:30am – 12:00pm - Rally and Speeches: Library advocates rally in "The Well" of the LOB to voice their support for library funding and provide a visual demonstration of the strength of the library community to legislators and their staffs. Various speakers are scheduled (elected officials, NYLA leaders, etc.).

12:15pm - The Alliance for Quality Education will host a rally in support of funding for public education on the West Lawn of the Capitol.  SSL President Sue Kowalski will speak on the value of school libraries.  For further details, click here.

Thank you to each of our Legislators who came out to the Meet & Greet for 2013 Library Advicacy Day!  Do you want to order a READ Poster of your local legislator?  Bolded names had READ Poster photos taken.  Click here for the order form.


John Bonacic
Philip Boyle
John DeFrancisco
Martin Dilan
Hugh Farley
Patrick Gallivan
Joseph Griffo
Mark Grisanti
Brad Hoylman
Andrew Lanza

George Latimer
Carl Marcellino
Kathleen Marchione

George Maziarz
Thomas O'Mara
Michael Ranzenhofer

Patty Ritchie
Joseph Robach
Cecilia Tkaczyk
David Valesky


William Barclay
Didi Barrett
Kenneth Blankenbush
Anthony Brindisi
Alec Brook-Krasny
David Buchwald
Jane Corwin

Brian Curran
Steven Cymbrowitz
Michael Dendekker
Jeffrey Dinowitz

David DiPietro
Janet Duprey
Rafael Espinal, Jr.
Gary Finch
Dennis Gabryszak
Andrew Garbarino

Joe Giglio
Alfred Graf
Aileen Gunther

Mark Johns
Brian Kolb
Joseph Lentol
Chad Lupinacci
William Magee
David McDonough
Tom McKevitt
Steven McLaughlin
Bob Oaks
Edward  Ra
Addie Russell
Joseph Saladino

Michaelle Solages
Albert Stirpe
Claudia Tenney

Fred Thiele, Jr.
David Weprin

Special Guest

David Vinjamuri spoke at the Mid-Day Rally in "The Well" of the Legislative Office Building (LOB).

David Vinjamuri writes the “Brand Truth” column online for Forbes. David is also Adjunct Instructor of Marketing at New York University and the founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers, a leading brand marketing training company whose clients have included American Express, Starwood Hotels, The Corporate Executive Board, Gen Re, Ingram Micro and the U.S. Army.  David has over 22 years of marketing and management experience.  He started his marketing career at Johnson & Johnson.  As a Brand Manager there, David twice received the Johnson & Johnson Achievement Award and successfully launched a new OTC consumer product (Uristat®) from concept to market in 11 months.  David worked in field marketing for Coca-Cola, ran promotions for DoubleClick and was VP of marketing for two other consumer companies before founding ThirdWay Brand Trainers in 2004.  David graduated from Swarthmore College with High Honors and from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy as a Citicorp-Walter Wriston Fellow.  David studied marketing and manufacturing at Harvard Business School.

David writes and speaks frequently on marketing.  He has been quoted as an expert on brands in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and Investor’s Business Daily.  In addition to writing online for Forbes, David has contributed to both BrandWeek and Advertising Age.   He has appeared on television as a brand expert on Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV and MSNBC.  David has advised the German pharmaceutical industry and one of the leading motion picture studios in Bollywood on brands and social media.  David’s book: Accidental Branding: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Brands, has been translated into both Japanese and Vietnamese, and Publisher’s Weekly called it “compelling” with “a lively flavor that goes down better than any list of dry strategies.”   David is also the author of the bestselling thriller “Operator.”

Read more about David and his column by clicking here

Library advocates can visit one-on-one with their legislators to inform them of NYLA's 2013 Legislative Priorities

Organizing a Group or meeting with a Legislator? Please fill out the Library Advocacy Day Contact Form.

Advocacy Day Packets: Advocacy materials are distributed to Library Advocacy Day attendees to use in their meetings with legislators and staff.  Stop by Meeting Room 6 to pick up handouts.

Getting There

Directions & Logistics

Bus & Regional Coordinator Information - Find a bus heading to Albany for Advocacy Day!  Don't go it alone!

Security Information

Please plan for airport-like security measures in place in the New York State Capitol, the Legislative Office Building and its surrounding buildings. Please be prepared to pass through a metal detector and have your belongings go through an X-ray machine to enter.All adults (16+) must show a photo ID to enter - it is recommended that attendees carry a photo ID at all times. In addition, items that are sharp or may be construed as weapons are not allowed in any of the Empire State Plaza buildings (including "sticks" attached to Rally signs). Due to the security measures and the number of people expected in Albany that day, please leave yourself plenty of time to travel between Meeting Room 6 and meetings with legislators.

If you have questions, please contact the NYLA Office at director@nyla.org.

Who will gain?

What can I do now to support this effort?

Snapshot Day 2013

NYLA is holding its fourth annual “SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of a Library” initiative NOW through February 23. Our past SnapShotNY programs have been incredibly successful with over 60 libraries participating. Let’s try and double that number for 2013!  Click here for more information.

National Library Legislative Day

ALA's 39th Annual National Library Legislative Day is being held in Washington DC May 7-8, 2013.  For more information, click here.


Interesting in being a Library Advocacy Sponsor?
NYLA 2013 Advocacy Day Sponsorship Form (PDF)
Click Here for Sponsorship Information

"Thank You!" to our Lobby Day 2013 Sponsors

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Thank you to the NYLA Sections Sponsoring Advocacy Day:

Academic & Special Libraries Section (ASLS)
Leadership & Management Section (LAMS)
Public Libraries Section (PLS)
Reference & Adult Services Section (RASS)
Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology (SMART)
Section of School Librarians (SSL)
Youth Services Section (YSS)

Click here to view pictures from the 2012 Advocacy Day
Click here for the Advocacy Day 2012 Archive Page