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PLS Update - June 2015

The Public Libraries Section(PLS)  of NYLA is happy to update and inform Section Members on 2015 initiatives. At the beginning of the year, PLS Board Members established the following annual priorities:

1. Increase professional development opportunities for PLS & NYLA members
2. Highlight the accomplishments of public libraries and library systems
3. Develop PLS Mentor Program through NYLA Section/Roundtable/Affiliate Collaboration
4. Overall Advocacy for New York Libraries
5.  Membership

(1) In terms of professional development opportunities, the PLS Board approved the language and funding for its newly created 2016 L&MA Scholarship. The award package will cover registration, hotel, and mileage for the award winner. This is an annual scholarship to be provided to one PLS member per year under the guidelines of L&MA.  The application deadline is June 30, 2015.  To apply, please email your supporting documentation as outlined above to  Please put “2016 PLS – Leadership Management Academy Scholarship” in the subject line.
Questions may be sent to the same email address.
Five PLS Scholarships are also currently available for the 2015 NYLA Conference in Lake Placid, NY.  Applicants can find more information on the NYLA website under the Public Libraries Section.

(2) We have found new ways to highlight public library accomplishments. We will do this by presenting New Building Awards and the L. Marion Moshier and Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship.  Candidates can find more information on the NYLA website under the Public Libraries Section.

(3) The development of a PLS Mentor Program is currently in the planning phases.  The framework for the 2P2A Initiative (Professional Path for Association Advancement) was crafted in Spring 2015 by PLS board members. The PLS board will work with current PLS members to develop and maintain lasting professional relationships between NYLA leaders and new NYLA members.  The intent is to improve Association communications, and grow our membership as a whole.

(4) Overall, advocacy for New York libraries has been a continual effort this year. PLS has provided monetary support to many great causes within the New York library community.  In total, PLS has provided financial support in the amount of $7,780.  Program beneficiaries include: Advocacy Day, Urban Librarians Unite, Empire Center for the Book, New York Black Librarians Caucus and the NYLA Sustainability Retreat.

(5) Membership enrichment has been improved through PLS Facebook interaction, informative email communications and updates regarding continuing education, advocacy, scholarships, and awards.

The Public Libraries Section looks forward to this year’s Conference in Lake Placid, New York.  We hope all PLS members can take advantage of the great CE’s, and opportunities NYLA has to offer.

Kindest Regards,
Brian M. Hildreth – Public Libraries Section President – 2015