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RLRT Annual Report to Membership

by Margo Gustina, RLRT President

Who We Are

We are a group of librarians, trustees, volunteers, and members deeply committed to building the regenerative power of rural libraries and the communities they serve.

Our purpose statement reads that we enable librarians, library managers, friends, and trustees of rural libraries to keep in touch with each other. It seems like such a simple thing in a time of constant connection, but anyone working in a small rural library knows the feelings of isolation that can make time with colleagues of similar interest and experience absolutely necessary to the energy needed to do this work.

Goals – How We Did and Where We’re Going

At the last RLRT Long Range Planning session, the members developed a set of Goals to strive for by 2015.

Goal: To provide quality programming to enhance and build upon excellence in management and governance of rural libraries.

The RLRT has sponsored at least two programs each of the last three years, including:

  1. NYLA 2015: Communities not Collections
  2. NYLA 2014: You Can Do a Book Festival
  3. NYLA 2013: Libraries and Literacy Coalitions: Essential Partners

Goal: Improve knowledge, respect and advocacy for rural libraries and their directors and staff.

Have you ever thought about sharing your skills and experience with another library director, manager or staff person as a mentor? Building a network of reliable mentors for people new to working in rural libraries is one of our priorities in 2016. Contact Margo Gustina for more information on getting involved.

Goal: To expand and build upon the membership of the Rural Libraries Roundtable and to provide opportunities for networking and recognition.

You work in and/or advocate for library services to rural communities? Join RLRT! We’re growing every year and 2016 is going to be our strongest year yet. Become part of a network of librarians and supporters committed to sharing, learning, and advocating!

Goal: Explore and create marketing and public relations tools that benefit the roundtable, promote advocacy and build awareness of rural libraries issues and accomplishments.

Our webpage (thank you Angela Gonzalez, Penn Yan Public Library!) and newsletters (thank you Eli Guinnee, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System!) were our first steps. The Rural Libraries Roundtable is ready to expand its reach. Help us show the isolation busting effects of social media by joining our marketing team. Contact Tom Vitale for more information.

Become a Member

Membership in the roundtable is a mere $5.00 which comes with a newsletter, excellent meetings, and the knowledge that you are partnering with advocates for rural communities. At this time, the only way to get this done if you have a current NYLA membership is to make a check payable to The New York Library Association for $5.00 (memo should read RLRT Membership) and mail it to:

New York Library Association
6021 State Farm Road
Guilderland, NY 12084

Thank you for all you do,
Margo