From the President: December 2014
Geoff Kirkpatrick, NYLA President
Many of us have just returned from an excellent conference in Saratoga. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved in making the conference such a huge success. It was one of the most highly attended conferences in NYLA history and the quality of the sessions was very high. I frequently found myself making difficult decisions between several excellent programs. The bar has been set for Lake Placid in 2015.
We are entering the most important active season for advocacy. As the governor begins to formulate the executive budget now is the time to make sure that libraries are considered. Over the next few months you will see several advocacy alert emails. Remember, each of these are timed to coincide with specific events during the budget cycle; taking action one time per year simply is not enough to help spread our message.
Never before has contacting your elected officials been so easy. I know that when email messages begin to stack up, it becomes much simpler to simply deleted or ignore. Please take the two or three minutes necessary to send the emails. Make sure that colleagues, coworkers, and friends are aware of the advocacy push too.
NYLA leads, educates, and advocates for the advancement of the New York library community. NYLA is us, and advocating for libraries is our responsibility.