From the Archives
The recent death of former Governor Mario Cuomo on January 1 caused our friends at New York State Library/Manuscripts & Special Collections to take a look into the NYLA Archives to reflect on Cuomo’s relationship with the New York Library Association. He served as governor from 1983 – 1994.
A Kiss for the Governor!
In 1984, when Governor Cuomo signed the library aid bill NYLA Executive Director, Nancy Lian, and Janet Welch, Chair of the Legislative Committee rewarded the Governor with a “Thank You Kiss.”
Cuomo was visible at library events
In preparation for the 1990 White House Conference on Libraries, Cuomo held a Governor’s Conference on Libraries and Information Services (November 28 – 30). Pictured here is Governor Cuomo in conversation with Daniel W. Casey, a member of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS). NCLIS existed from 1970-2008. The 2007-2008 budget limited funding and instructed the commission to terminate its operations. It was consolidated under IMLS (Institute of Museum & Library Services) and the offices closed March 30, 2008.
The Friends of Libraries Section of the New York Library Association gives an award named the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award. This award, sponsored by the Empire Friends since 1993, honors a volunteer member or a group of the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends of the Library organizations. Please consider nominating an individual or group from your community who deserves special recognition.