2022 is truly flying by, with summer knocking on our doors and half of the calendar already behind us. For me, the past three and half months have been a blur of new faces, new roles, and an ever-growing to-do list. While it is a lot to digest, I have also gotten to see NYLA take big strides forward, which is exciting and inspires optimism for what is to come. 

In our last issue, I introduced all our new staff and their roles. Unfortunately for us, Julie Brannon our Membership Services Coordinator was offered an opportunity to return to her previous position which had been updated into her dream job. We are happy for Julie, but sad for us, as she has been a pleasure to work with and accomplished a lot in her short time here. We wish Julie the best of luck in her future endeavors.

The NYLA staff worked quickly to re-post the position and interview candidates, and I’m thrilled to announce that Lauren Hoyt will be joining us beginning on Monday, June 20. Lauren comes to us from Capitol Hill Management Services, where she has been managing the daily operations of two national associations. Given her impressive resume, her can-do attitude, and her sheer enthusiasm for the work, we know she will hit the ground running!

Since my last column, I was lucky enough to attend the Section of School Librarians (SSL) Conference at Turning Stone. SSL did an outstanding job of offering topical, engaging, and inspiring content that was accessible and beneficial to library workers of all kinds. If you have never attended one of their events because you are a public, academic, or special librarian, I strongly urge you to check it out next year. As a librarian with a public background, there were many sessions that cut across our silos and were useful in any setting. You also could not find a more welcoming group than our SSL folks! Congratulations to the SSL Conference team, who worked tirelessly to bring it all together for the benefit of NYLA members statewide. 

NYLA’s first-ever Spring on the Hill event was a hit! Library workers, Trustees, and Friends from all parts of New York joined us in Albany for a day of continuing education, specifically around legislative issues and advocacy. Many thanks to our presenters, who gave so generously of their time and talent to help sharpen our advocacy skills and prepare us for the work to come. Also, thanks to the Library Trustees Association Section (LTAS) for their sponsorship of Stephanie Cole Adams’ presentations! It was wonderful to see so many people face to face after the last few years of Zoom meetings. With such a positive response to this new venture, we are planning to do it all again next year, so stay tuned. 

While you may not have been able to attend the events discussed above, never fear, there’s more fun to come! This year NYLA is hosting an Open House on Thursday, August 4 from 10am-2pm at headquarters. NYLA belongs to our membership, and for that reason we want you to come and check out YOUR HQ and meet the new NYLA staff. We’re also planning a fun local social event that evening, so watch your inbox for news about that and join us for some general frivolity.

Thanks for reading this far, you deserve a medal for getting to the finish line. I appreciate all of your input and your questions. If there is ever anything I can do to be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to email me at director@nyla.org.