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Take advantage of this and other programs, offering everything from insurance discounts to earning rewards points just for shopping for every day items online.  Visit the NYLA Vendor Partner page to start taking greater advantage of your NYLA membership!  


NYLA Annual Conference

Planning for the 2012 Conference has begun! The event will be held November 7th-10th in Saratoga Springs. The Conference Promotional Brochure including preliminary schedule is being prepared and should be arriving to each of you later this Spring. For more information as it becomes available, please feel free to visit our website.

We hope to see you in November, where we are sure you will find a wealth of programming to enhance your career.


A New Chapter for NYLA's Communications

Since 1952 the NYLA Bulletin has been arriving in your mailbox 4 times a year.  As librarians are well aware, the times and technology are ever-changing.  The Bulletin is no exception, so with your overwhelming response to turn digital, we welcome you to the next chapter of the Bulletin.  Six issues per year will continue to arrive electronically to your inbox.  Each issue will align with a particular theme, technology being the first.

So being the very first issue, as always, the e-Bulletin is a work in progress.  Comments or suggestions concerning the content or layout can be addressed by contacting  As the readers, your input is critical!

As you browse the articles in the e-Bulletin be sure to click "Current Issue" to return to this main page.  The "Home" link above will take you to the NYLA homepage.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the new format, and are very excited for you to join us in our latest endeavor. 

A Message from the President...

2012 Spring e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Matt Bollerman

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.

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What is Your Library's Digital Future? 

A public library’s guide to alternatives to Overdrive Digital Library and easing your patrons access and discovery of digital content

By: Monica Kuryla, Director of Virtual and Innovative Services, Fayetteville Free Library 

It is no secret that public libraries are key players in this digital revolution.  During this time, it is essential to determine the best option for your library and patrons, particularly by choosing the vendor that meets their needs.  Although Overdrive has been the leader in digital content delivery over the past few years, it is inevitable that some other companies are rising to the challenge of obtaining libraries as customers.  Some of the leading concerns with patron and library users are the complication of the download process, title availability and the lack of title ownership.  As Overdrive tries to continue to innovate and keep up with the competition, they are still not doing it fast enough for the growing market. 

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“How Do I Download to my Device?”

One Library’s Way of Handling the Surge in eBook Queries
By: Leah Kraus, Director of Web Services, Fayetteville Free Library

“I heard I can download library books to my (Kindle/Nook/iPad/phone/etc). How can I do that?”

This is a question that reference librarians hear almost hourly at the Fayetteville Free Library, a suburban public library in upstate New York.

Since 2007, Fayetteville Free Library has loaned downloadable materials via a countywide OverDrive digital collection. While the library has seen steady growth in eReader/eBook reference queries over the past 5 years, the surge that has followed the 2011 holiday season is truly unprecedented.

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Library Assistant/Technician Training Program

This certificate, non-credit, one-week program is sponsored by NYLA in cooperation with community colleges around the state. It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate from the college, the individual must complete the entire 18 hour program.

Programs are coming up in Long Island (May 14-19, Nassau Community College) and Syracuase (June 25-30, Onondaga Community College).

For more information or to register, please click here.



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