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Executive Director’s Report: April 2015

Path to SuccessJeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director

Together with every library advocate who raised their voice, NYLA is celebrating a very successful NYS Budget negotiation.  Library Aid in the FY2015-2016 New York State Budget increased by $5 Million dollars; which represents the largest single year increase in over seven years.  Complete details can be found in the Capitol Update.

Two years ago NYLA embarked on a new path for advocacy.  For the first time in NYLA’s 125 years, a full time position was created to focus solely on advocacy, separately from the executive director’s position.  The first person appointed to the newly devised Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, Michael Neppl, immediately rose to the challenge. Since his inception, NYLA’s advocacy agenda has been advanced in an unprecedented fashion.  This new staffing strategy is not without its challenges; maintaining the funding to support the salary of this top level executive positon is no small task of NYLA.

To everyone who recognizes the accelerated pace of library advocacy over the past two years, and who will benefit for the increases in Library Aid – a call to action.  

NYLA’s operations are built on membership dues, and to continue on the path we have set out upon, we need everyone’s support.  

  1. Encourage your professional peers to join NYLA
  2. Check with your library director to ensure that your library is an organizational member
  3. Make a donation to NYLA’s Advocacy Fund

Less than half of New York’s library community are currently NYLA members.

Together we can improve that number, and ensure that your professional organization has the resources required to continue on our established path toward success.

New Roundtables Springing Up

NYLA’s roundtables cover a host of library issues and provide members with a place to share common interests and educate colleagues through conference programs and other gatherings. With generally fewer than 150 members, roundtables offer you a chance for leadership.  We are pleased to announce the formation of two new NYLA Roundtables.

Making and STEAM Roundtable - MSRT
The newest NYLA Roundtable focuses on Making & STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in our libraries!  

Connecting and sharing knowledge about Making and STEAM is essential across all library types and to all types of library staff.  There is so much innovation and inspired activity happening in NYS libraries. Click here for more information.

Right out of the gate, MSRT is sponsoring a series of FREE webinars:
•    Session 1: Making - It Is Not Just a 3D Printer: April 21, 2015, 2:00-3:00
•    Session 2: Getting Started With STEAM: June 16, 2015, 2:00-3:00    
•    Session 3: Injecting STEAM Into Everything You Do: August 25, 2015, 2:00-3:00
•    Session 4: Making the Makerspace: October 7, 2015, 2:00-3:00
Click here to register.

Pop Culture Round Table - PCRT
Are you a fanboy or a fangirl?  What do you geek out about?  Do you want to learn about how to best serve your pop culture obsessed patrons?  Are you interested in starting a convention or festival at your library?  Perhaps you’re into games and gaming – video games or tabletop based and how to go about starting, or enhancing, gaming programs?  Do you simply want to know more about materials such as graphic novels and manga, films and music, and how to incorporate them into exciting programming?  Then the new NYLA Roundtable, the Pop Culture Roundtable, is for you.  

The purpose of the NYLA Pop Culture Roundtable is to provide information and resources to librarians on a variety of pop culture related topics, including but not limited to comic books and graphic novels, manga and anime, tabletop and video gaming, movies, music, film, science fiction and fantasy, geekery, and fandom.  This roundtable will be of interest to libraries of all types as both librarians and patrons of all types of libraries are interested in various facets of pop culture, and by integrating pop culture into library services and practices libraries establish a continued cultural relevancy with their patrons.

You can join the PCRT today by sending in the Membership Form, or adding PCRT membership to your NYLA renewal!  Membership is only $5.   Join the pop culture conversation now by becoming a member of the PCRT Facebook group.

Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders

NYLA’s Leadership and Management Academy is an educational program for emerging leaders in the library profession. Participants will gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance up the career ladder in library management.

Enrollment in the Library Leadership and Management Academy is limited to 40 students each year. Enrollees are required to complete ten courses over a three year period to receive a Leadership and Management Academy Certificate. Qualifying courses are generally offered around the Annual Conference (Oct.- Nov.) and in June at the NYLA office.

The Academy is designed for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge and basic skills critical to becoming a library leader or manager. Applicants must either have five years of library experience and a Bachelor’s Degree or two years of library experience and an MLS.

The 2015 L&MA Summer Session will take place June 10-12 at the NYLA Headquarters in Guilderland, NY.  Apply today and begin your this exciting program and advance your career.

Interested in a Scholarship to attend the Academy? Click here for details on the Leadership & Management Academy Scholarship.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jeremy Johannesen
NYLA Executive Director
518-432-6952 Ext. 101