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Executive Director's Report

Executive Director’s Report – August 2014

A NYLA State of Mind

The mission of the New York Library Association 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 opportunity for all New Yorkers.

Beyond the benefits of membership that we so readily tout, NYLA is a philosophy, a specific perspective on the profession of librarianship, a state of mind.  NYLA members are those who are committed to professional excellence, to providing unfettered access to information, and making the lives of the patrons and the communities they serve a bit better each day.  NYLA provides a vehicle to connect those who believe in the power of libraries to transform lives and communities, and as an instrument to convey that fact to policymakers.

There is no better illustration of the power of the exchange of ideas to improve libraries than the NYLA Annual Conference.  Over one thousand of the best and brightest librarians from across the state come together for three days with the express purpose of developing themselves and the profession.  Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with peers, explore new ideas and be inspired by what is possible.  For details on the 2014 NYLA Annual Conference, November 5-8 in Saratoga Springs, NY, click here.  Need help convincing your supervisor or director that you should attend?  NYLA provides you with some arguments to help you make the case, click here.

I ask that each you reach out to your like-minded colleagues and invite them to become part of NYLA.  Bringing others that share your passion into the organization, and encouraging them to engage in the sharing of best practices strengthens the library community as a whole.  Help NYLA to help the profession and “enhance learning, quality of life, and equal opportunity of all New Yorkers.”

NYLA Council Election 2014

We are pleased to announce the results of this year’s Council Election, and to report 639 votes cast (up 26.5% from 2013).

  • Debby Emerson, as President-Elect, who will serve from Nov. 2014 – Nov. 2015 and then as NYLA President from Nov. 2015 – Nov. 2016.
  • Rebecca Lubin and Sue Kowalski as Councilors-at-Large who will each serve from Nov. 2014 – Nov. 2017
  • Claudia Depkin, as Treasurer-Elect, who will serve from Nov. 2014 – Nov. 2015, and then as NYLA Treasurer from Nov. 2015 – Nov. 2017.

(All terms start and end at the given years Annual Conference.)

Congratulations to each of our new Council members!

Bios for each of the new elected Councilors remain available – click here.

Thanks to all who participated in the election process; your vote has helped to shape the future of NYLA.

Many thanks to our other candidates:
Jill Dixon
Cassie Guthrie
Katie Bertrand
Eric Trahan

Library Museum Passes

Many public libraries now offer their patrons free or reduced admissions to local cultural centers such as museums. The cultural institutions sell or donate admission passes to libraries, and the libraries loan the passes out to the public.

In the Fall of 2013, the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and the New York Library Association (NYLA) partnered to administer a survey of museum pass programs that are offered to libraries in New York State. The results of the survey are available on the NYLA website, click here.
If you know of a museum or other cultural organization that should be included, please have them complete the Museum Pass Program Registration Form.

Teaching Skills for Librarians

A Professional Development Course Offered in Collaboration with the College of Saint Rose

New for 2014, the course will be offered as a completely online study experience.  The modules will engage students in the development of foundational skills for teaching and learning for librarians; delivery of instruction about libraries and library skills; use of technology for teaching and information resources for teaching library skills; and the need for collaboration in selecting content for effectively teaching library skills.  The course will run from:
Monday, September 8, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014

Complete details and enrollment information.


See you in Saratoga Springs!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jeremy Johannesen
NYLA Executive Director
director@nyla.org
518-432-6952 Ext. 101