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From the President: June 2015

I want to say thank you for those people recently elected to the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable and the Retiree Roundtable.  Both of these groups are important to a vital NYLA and help give a voice to all NYLA members.  Recently, a message was sent out to the membership asking for volunteers for roundtables.  If you have an interest in taking a greater role in NYLA, the roundtables are a great place to start.

There are still some roundtables in need of someone to step forward, revitalize, and re-envision the groups.  If you are interested, please contact me directly, I would be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.

Last month, the NYLA Council, in recognition of the greater-than-usual number of members from the western part of the state, moved the meeting to the Syracuse area.  After the business meeting, we held an open house with local members of NYLA.  I want to thank the Fayetteville Free Library staff and director for being such excellent hosts.  The facility was excellent, and the conversations were great.  It is always a treat for me to get to know more of our members from across the state.

Reaching out to all of our members in a geographically diverse state like New York is a challenge.  Electronic communication has made it easier for us to conduct business remotely, but face-to-face contact with our colleagues is still extremely valuable.  The NYLA Annual Conference is one of the best chances to network with library peers from around the state.  This year’s conference looks to be an excellent one.

I hope to see you all in Lake Placid this fall.  

Geoff Kirkpatrick
NYLA President