Friends of Libraries (FLS) Section - April Update
Submitted by Terry Mulee, FLS 2nd VP & Communications Chair
FLS creates a network to connect and inspire Friends groups in all types of libraries to support the New York library community.
Revised Mission of FLS, passed by the Executive Board on May 20, 2020
FLS/NYLA Commitment to Diversity
The following statement was adopted by the FLS Board on March 25, 2021.
The Friends of Libraries Section (FLS) of the New York Library Association embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion in all their forms.
We broadly define diversity to include ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
FLS is committed to preparing our members to be leaders in a multicultural and global society.
To this end, we strive to:
- ensure that our Section leadership, policies, and practices are inclusive
- integrate diversity into our professional development opportunities
- promote and nurture an environment in which diverse perspectives and experiences are respected and valued
- recruit and retain members and volunteers serving as library civic leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups
- participate in outreach to underserved communities within New York State
We are committed to cultivating an environment in the library community that is open, representative, and equitable to all.
FLS Awards and Scholarships
FLS is now accepting nominations for the FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award and applications for the FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship. The submission deadline is June 1st at 5:00 p.m. Complete information is available here.
The FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award honors a volunteer member or group within the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations.
The FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship will provide financial assistance for two members of the Friends of Libraries Section, who are also members of a Friends of the Library group at any type of library in NYS, to attend the NYLA Annual Conference. One scholarship will be for an individual attending for the first time and a second for anyone wishing to go regardless of how many conferences previously attended.
- Volume 7, Issue #2 of the FLS Friends News and Notes newsletter is now available.
- This issue invites you to apply for the FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship and/or submit a nomination for the FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award. There’s a Message from FLS President, Karen Sperrazza and an interesting article about meeting minutes. You’ll also find Part 2 of When Book Sales Just Aren’t Enough. The first installment of this collection of fundraising ideas appeared in the June 2020 issue of Friends News and Notes.
- Volume 7, issue #1 of the FLS Friends News and Notes newsletter is available online. You’ll find recaps of 2020 NYLA Virtual Conference events and sessions, along with information on the FLS Focus on Friends Webinar Series. We strive to include relevant and useful information for Friends, trustees, staff, and other library advocates in each issue.
- Visit www.NYLA.org/Friends > Publications to view FLS newsletters.
FLS Active Member Form
Are you looking for ways to become more involved with the Friends of Libraries Section? Please complete an Active Member Form. Many hands make light work. There’s an opportunity waiting just for you!