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June 2024: Executive Director's Report

Happy June NYLA Members! We have much to celebrate this month, including Pride Month, Juneteenth, and the beginning of our first fixed membership year at NYLA. For those who didn’t know, our memberships now run from June 1 – May 31 each year, meaning everyone will be renewing at the same time, which we hope will make it easier to mark on your calendars and plan for. If you haven’t joined the new system yet, it’s not too late. Check the website and join ASAP to make the most of the current membership year. After all, an association is nothing without its members!

During this membership push, and, all year long, I have people ask me what NYLA does…for them, for their libraries, etc. It’s a fair question, and I have spent much of my two and a half years as Executive Director considering this. I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you all.

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April 2024: Executive Director's Report


I’d like to start this update with some exciting news! NYLA has hired a new intern who will begin work with us on May 9, 2024. Anna Maria Varney is currently serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness while earning her degree to become a Certified School Library Media Specialist.  In her current role, Anna does research, reviews communications, and supports the department in various marketing projects. Before that, she headed the Account Management department at Overit, a local marketing and advertising agency, where she oversaw all client marketing plans and communication. Anna is very interested in becoming more involved in NYLA’s advocacy and educational activities and joined NYLA in January 2024 for this very reason. We are thrilled to have Anna joining us at NYLA and in the field of librarianship. This is also the first paid internship NYLA has offered to my knowledge, and we’re hoping Anna gets as much out of this experience as we do. She’ll be working part-time at the office from May through November and will be joining us at all NYLA events, so be sure to introduce yourselves and give her a big library land welcome.

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