April 2024: The Operations Update


Spring has sprung, and that means tons is going on at NYLA!  As many of you know, the organization launched our new member database and website in January. Since that date we have had just over 2,000 profiles added to our new system, with this number steadily on the rise!

We appreciate our members’ flexibility as we continue to move through many changes within the organization. The next year is all about trial and error with the new system, so please feel free to email [email protected] with any thoughts, ideas, edits, updates, etc. We will do our best to accommodate!

We appreciate those who have embraced the new system and joined, but we still have a long way to go in getting our database back to its previous membership numbers.


Just a reminder, the office did not transfer any past member data into the new database. Everyone must JOIN to establish their new member account. As NYLA is moving to a new fixed membership year, June 1st – May 31st, all joining members will be completing a 2024-2025 membership form to establish their new account and new renewal year.

Members with previous memberships expiring after June 2024, would receive a prorate for the months they will not be receiving membership. All forms are being placed in a “pending” status for the office to review and provide any proration available. We kindly request 2 - 4 business days for the office to review your form before accounts are made active. Organizational account-included members will be sent a welcome email with their new username and instructions to create a password.

We welcome anyone interested in reestablishing their account or joining as a new member to do so before May 31st, 2024!


The office has developed a Membership and Website Guide available in the Quick Links Menu and in the Form and Guide Center.  We strongly recommend reviewing this guide as it provides information about new features of the website and how to use the new Join Form. This guide will continue to be updated as changes are made to the website.

We also recommend you review the new Calendar . Stay up to date on all events, webinars, office announcements, and more using this new feature.

Keep an eye out for all things New NYLA Database in your inbox and on the website!




This year's conference will be in-person at the Oncenter in Syracuse, New York on November 6-9.

The time is now to recognize that all library workers are leaders! Let's work together across our sections and roundtables as we strive towards sustainable funding; empowering library workers to advocate for their libraries and the communities they serve; and protecting our workers and institutions from continued assaults on intellectual freedom. Our academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the people who work and volunteer in them, are the mentors and protectors of the core values of our profession.

Let's come together during our 2024 Annual Conference to not only network, but to support each other and continue growing and learning as leaders who show our communities that libraries are welcoming places for everyone, and that every story deserves to be heard!

Who’s ready to go to Syracuse?! Planning is well underway for our 2024 Conference. The staff visited the OnCenter to meet with our planning team and see some of the renovations that have been completed since the last time NYLA was there over the summer. We are very happy to note, that not only have they added some new meeting space with AV technology included, but they also have upgraded their larger spaces to include new features such as multicolor lighting. The general aesthetic has been refreshed with paint and new flooring, so we are excited to plan a great event in this space.  

Proposal Submissions are now closed!

Thank you to those who submitted a proposal for this year’s event. There were many great proposal topics submitted, and we are excited to begin scheduling.

Proposal submissions have been anonymized and provided to the Continuing Education Committee for their review. The committee will meet in late April to choose the slate of programming. Once the slate is finalized, the office will provide a confirmation email with speaker contract information for each accepted presentation.

NYLA SSL 2024 Conference

The 2024 SSL Conference, Stories Link Our Past, Present & Future will be held on May 16 – 18, 2024 in Lake Placid, NY. Registration for this event is now open. Click here to register. For those requiring a quote to generate a PO, the PO Request Form can be used for approval. Further event information can be found on the SSL Conference website. The last day to register or cancel a registration for this event is May 5th, 2024. Cancellations must be emailed to the office at [email protected]. After the May 5th, 2024, deadline has passed, no refunds will be issued. Registrants who do not attend the Conference and fail to submit a written request of cancellation will be liable for their entire conference fee.

Questions? Event questions can be emailed to [email protected].

NYLA YSS 2024 Conference

The 2024 YSS Conference, The Roaring Twenties: Finding Your Voice in a Loud Decade, will be held April 19th, 2024, in Clayton, NY.  Registration for this event is now closed. On-site registration will be offered. Please note payment (check or cash) will be required for onsite registration. Further event information can be found on the YSS website page. If you have questions about conference programming, lodging, or planning your conference travel, please contact [email protected].

Just a reminder for all membership, finance, and general association inquiries to [email protected] and all event and continuing education inquiries to [email protected].

As always, we appreciate your continued membership with NYLA and stay tuned for more operational updates in the April edition of The NYLA Voice!

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