Consultants Give Back: Open Office Hours

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As a value-added bonus to the 2014 NYLA Annual Conference, a select number of library industry experts have volunteered their time to offer brief (20 minute) consultation sessions.

These 'office hours' will take place on:

Thursday, November 6, times vary by consultant

at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.

You must sign up by Monday, November 3 using the links below.
You will receive a confirmation and the meeting information via the e-mail address you submit when signing up.

The following experts have agreed to participate:

Libby Post: Advocacy and Marketing Strategies

Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
President of Communication Services. For almost a decade, Libby Post has been creating innovative advocacy campaigns for public libraries. With a success rate of 80%, Post has been a public library partner in creating library districts, and passing budgets, funding propositions and building referendums. She was chosen as one of a handful by the Public Library Association to keep the Turning the Page program going.

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Rebekkah Smith Aldrich: Library Sustainability and Strategic Planning

Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ALL Time Slots BOOKED
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, is the Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where she has assisted 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities since 1998. Rebekkah is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and the author of a number of publications, including the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State.
Sustainable Funding
Building Your Base of Support in Your Community
Director Assistance (management, working with your board, managing your facility, etc.)
Trustee Assistance (leadership, technical questions, policies, etc.)
Strategic Planning
Friends Groups
Greening Your Library / Sustainable Facilities

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Ellen Bach: Legal Issues

Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ALL Time Slots BOOKED
Ellen Bach is an attorney with Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna LLP of Albany, New York.   Ms. Bach has provided a full range of legal services to libraries and library systems across the State for more than a decade.  She has successfully litigated on behalf of libraries in several notable cases involving legal issues of first impression, developing favorable precedent enhancing libraries’ ability to obtain stable, increased public funding.  In addition, on a daily basis she works with libraries on personnel, construction, policy, litigation and legislative matters critical to providing library services.

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Paul Mays: Construction Project Planning

Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
With over twenty years experience Paul is an accomplished designer, presenter, and research specialist. His design process
incorporates diligent information gathering and creative insight to produce a thorough and precise building design, which places particular
emphasis on reflecting the community in which it is located. He is currently a Trustee for the Southern Adirondack Library System along with several other professional and civic organizations, and a Principal of Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP, a library design firm.

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Mike Neppl: NYLA Advocacy Feedback

Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
These sesssion are intended for members of the library community to share their thoughts and ideas on NYLA advocacy activities, or just take a few moments to get to know NYLA's Director of Government Relations and Advocacy.
A graduate of Albany Law School, Michael Neppl comes from the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he has served as Assistant Attorney General and Director of Public Information and Correspondence since January 2011.  Prior to that, Mr. Neppl served as Counsel to Senator Eric Schneiderman, and was named to the 2011 “Rising Stars: 40 under 40” list by City & State.

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