Why Attend NYLA 2014?
Coming to NYLA's Annual Conference & Trade Show offers a variety of career enhancing opportunities - but convincing your boss for the time off or for funding to attend may prove to be a challenge.
The key is to convince your boss how the Conference will make you better at your profession - and ergo a better employee at your library.
NYLA's purpose is to lead in the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning, quality of life, and equal opprtunity for all New Yorkers. NYLA's Conference is held annually to provide the knowledge and tools to keep all library professionals at the cutting edge of your profession.
How do we do this?
Over 70 sessions, for all segments of librarianship
10 Continuing education classes
Over 100 vendors to update you on the latest products and services
Networking opportunities with 1,000 of your peers
Continuing education hours are required for many types of librarians to retain certification. Bottom line - you need these courses to keep your job. What better way to meet these requirements than in a setting with your peers?
Draft a plan
After you return from Saratoga, how will you use the information you were provided? Outline how you plan to share the information with the library.
Maybe you will organize a team meeting for all library staff upon your return. Let them know what you learned, and how you can use this to enhance your library. Assign some of these tasks out to each individual employee. If you can share your knowledge, it will be more cost efficient to spread it amongst your peers!
Set a goal for yourself while away. If there is a particular trend that you want to learn more about, focus on workshops in that area. Meet the vendors who can provide you with products or services.
And don't forget to set a plan up for while you are away! Have a point of contact to be "you" while you are away. Offer to check and respond to your e-mails nightly. Ensure that your work doesn't suffer being away fromt he library for a few days.
What if it is too expensive?
The NYLA Conference can be done very affordably. The most imporant thing to remember, is to register EARLY. Registration rates can be found here, and can accomodate several pricing points. If you register by August 22, 2014, you will recieve the cheapest conference rates possible. This gives you plenty of time to get the Early Bird deadline without a problem.
We also have room blocks for NYLA attendees at 3 different hotels. Pricing can be found here.
What if I can't get the time for all 3 days? Can it be done in a day?
Saratoga is an easy trip from almost anywhere in New York. An Amtrak station is located 2 miles from the Saratoga Hilton, and Albany International Airport is just a 40 minute drive. Conference attendees will recieve discounted Amtrak tickets by booking here. For more travel information, click here.