FLS: Friends of Libraries Section
The newest section in NYLA
The mission of the Friends of Libraries Section
is to promote and inspire local Friends groups in libraries
of all types for the betterment of New York State's library community.
The benefits of membership in the FRIENDS of Libraries Section:
Friends News and Notes quarterly newsletter
Reduced NYLA membership rates for Friends and Friends groups
Inspiration for new ideas, projects, and activities to promote your Friends group and your
Engage in advocacy for libraries locally and statewide
Network with Friends groups across the state
Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award and the FLS Dewey Fellowship
Special registration rates for the NYLA Annual Conference and attend FLS sponsored
Webinars for Free!
Please consider selecting FLS as your primary section when you join NYLA or renew your NYLA membership.
It's the Friendly thing to do.
Click here for a hard copy of an FLS Membership Form that includes registration for Elected Officers of a Friends Group Organizational Member.
NEW Scholarship Opportunity for FLS Members!!
FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship
Available in 2019 - click here for all the details
The FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship will provide financial assistance for two members of the Friends of Libraries Section, who are also members of a Friends of the Library group at any type of library in NYS, to attend the NYLA Annual Conference. One scholarship will be for an individual attending for the first time and a second for anyone wishing to go regardless of how many conferences previously attended.
FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award
This award to honors a volunteer member or group within the library community whose efforts have contributed to the growth of libraries or Friends organizations.
Additional information about this award is available here.
All nominations must be received by July 1. Nomination form; Word document, PDF
Email questions to Marie Bindeman, FLS Casey Library Advocacy Award Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her at 716-433-0548.
FLS Sponsored Workshops
Getting Started: Creating and Supporting a Friends Group for Your Library
The Upper Hudson Library System invites you to a free workshop presented in cooperation with FLS.
Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 10 a.m. – 12 noon
UHLS, Large Conference Room
28 Essex Street, Albany, NY 12206 518-437-9884 www.uhls.org
Sign-in and refreshments begin @ 9:30 am; Lunch provided @ 12:00 pm
Learn the benefits of gathering community volunteers to support your library’s programs and services. We’ll utilize a checklist to develop a Friends of the Library group: recruiting helpers for a steering committee, determining the Friends’ mission, expanding their membership, and growing the leadership to maintain an active organization.
Register online at https://bit.ly/2CPKMrE (this link will take you away from NYLA.org and will open in a new window)
Please e-mail Natalie Hurteau for more information: Natalie.email@example.com
Click here for the event flyer.
Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group
Presented by FLS, co-sponsored by the Central NY Library Resource Council (CLRC) and the Friends of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville
Join us for a follow up of last year’s popular workshop, “Getting Started: Creating and Sustaining a Friends Group for your Library.” The event will start at 10 a.m. but registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, June 7 from 9:30 a.m. until noon
Continuing to develop your library’s Friends group is vital to sustaining the organization long-term. Get tips on membership recruitment and volunteer engagement. Networking within your community and constantly sharing your message will revitalize your core supporters and help to maintain the group’s crucial advocacy work for the library.
Registration opens May 1 at https://clrc.org/event/workshop-keep-it-growing/ (this link will take you away from NYLA.org and will open in a new window)
Read the latest FLS Newsletter:
March 2019 (Volume 5 # 2)
The newsletter centerfold in the newly announced FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship Application Packet.
Administrative Teams: A New Approach for Friends Leadership
View the webinar and accompanying resource material here. (Presentation date: March 19, 2019)
Scroll down the page to read the description and learning objectives, view the webinar, see the presenter bios, and access handouts.
2018 FLS Annual Report to the Membership
Read the Annual Report from the FLS Annual Membership Meeting held on November 9, 2018 in Rochester, NY
2018 NYLA Annual Conference Program Resources
Follow this link to an archive of resources from programs offered at the 2018 NYLA Annual Conference. The archive is organized by the sponsoring NYLA unit. Scroll down the page to find FLS programs.
Find the Conference Promotional Brochure here or the complete On-Site Conference Program here.
Year Five for FLS
The Friends of Libraries Section had its most successful conference ever this year! The Section offered four different programs on Friday, Friends Day at the Conference, and a double session on Saturday.
Thanks to the support of the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, FLS was able to host its first ever Friend-Raiser Luncheon. The sold out event kicked off with the Section's annual membership meeting. The agenda included the installation of the new Executive Board, the passing of the gavel from outgoing President Rebecca Fuss to incoming President Lisa C. Wemett, and the announcement of the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award -- congratulations to Recipient Bonnie Shannon (Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library) and Honorable Mention presentation to Nancy Bauder (Geneva Library Foundation).
As evidenced in the PowerPoint presentation at the meeting along with the FLS 2018 Annual Report, FLS is well positioned to enter its fifth year. Membership is holding steady (and we’re hoping to increase our ranks in the coming year) and our finances are solid. We have members on our Executive Board from many regions of the state. And we are well on our way to completing many of the goals set forth in New Frontiers for Friends, the Long Range Plan through 2020.
pictured above, left; to right, Rebecca Fuss and Lisa C. Wemett
Would you like to be more involved with FLS? Click here for our Active Member Form.
The FLS Presidents
Left to right: Randy Enos, President Emeritus; Lisa Wemtt, President #1, Sarah Sachs, President #2, Janet Kreason, President #3, and Rebecca Fuss, President #4
The 2017 - 2018 FLS Executive Board
Front row, left to right: Terry Mulee, 2nd VP; Lynne Madden, Secretary; Marie Orlando, MAL; Vicki Kosovac, MAL; Sarah Sachs, Outgoing Past President; Pat Loughan, MAL
Back row; left to right: Rusty Wigg, MAL; Lisa Wemett, VP / President Elect; Janet Kreason, Immediate Past President; Rebecca Fuss, President; Jean Sheviak, NYLA Legislative Committee Representative; Amy Pass, NYLA Continuing Education Committee Representative
Not pictured: Randy Enos, President Emeritus; Terry Morris, MAL; Leslie Riley, MAL; Sue Swanton, MAL; Marie Bindeman, Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Coordinator; Joyce Laiosa, Casey Award Committee Reader; Kitty Bressington, FLS Dewey 2018 Dewey Fellowship Award Coordinator (MAL = Member At Large)
Watch the First FLS Webinar!
Best Practices for Management of Friends Boards
Originally offered on Tuesday, March 20, but now available in the NYLA Webinarary Archive
To view the webinar, click here.
2018 FLS Executive Board Election Slate: APPROVED
Read Candidate Profiles here.
The new Executive Board will be installed at the FLS Annual Membership during the Friend-Raiser Luncheon at the 2018 NYLA Annual Conference in Rochester in November.
Making a Difference, One Workshop at a Time
Since 2015, FLS has teamed up with library systems and Friends of the Library groups all around New York State to present two different workshops specifically for Friends.
“Getting Started: Creating and Supporting a Friends Group for Your Library” has been presented in Plattsburgh, Newburgh, Corning, and Cazenovia. “Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group” has been well received in Poughkeepsie, Orchard Park, Watertown, and the Rochester area.
Check out the FLS Events page for additional information on upcoming workshops and to learn how to host these two-hour workshops in your area.
To contact Friends of Libraries Section please send an email to FLS.NYLA@yahoo.com
Click here for FLS History