Executive Director’s Report
By the Numbers
Nearly 25 years ago the world was introduced to the concept of evidence based practice, which stipulated that decisions should be based on the best available scientific data. Beginning in the health care sector, over the years, the idea has spread to many other facets of our lives. The appetite for ‘hard numbers’ has become so overwhelming that it has become difficult to present any argument without data to back it up. To that end, NYLA has embarked on these three data gathering projects:
The Great School Librarian Census 2016
In support of the effort to pass legislation requiring a certified school librarian K-12, NYLA, working in conjunction with the School Library System Association (SLSA), is conducting an independent census of school librarians in all of NYS’s public schools. This data will allow us to more effectively project the cost to implement the proposed legislation.
The census asks for information about the existence/availability of a dedicated or shared library, as well as staffing for each building. The staffing questions are tied specifically to certified school librarians, and their hours as measured as portions of a full time equivalent (FTE). The focus for this survey is certified library media specialists, and how much time each school building in New York State has access to that person. We are also interested in schools that are completely out of compliance – no school library space, and/or no school librarian.
Economic Impact of Public Libraries Study
NYLA is currently reviewing proposals for the completion of a study of the economic impact of public libraries in New York State.
NYLA seeks to have data drawn from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) annual reporting data collected by the NYS Library, Division of Library Development, the US Census, the NYS Economic Development Corporation, and others, to demonstrate the economic impact of public libraries. The intended product of this project is a report examining the collected data sets and presenting any statistically significant findings. The report would examine both direct and indirect economic impacts, and specifically examine the return on investment of public spending.
Siena Public Research Institute Poll
For the second year running, NYLA has contracted with the Siena Research Institute to conduct a random sampling poll of New Yorkers. The poll includes seven questions that are designed to gauge public usage of libraries, and their support for library funding as well as for the construction aid program. The results will be used to support our advocacy messaging - look for results in February 2016.
Raise Your Voices & Tell Your Friends
The 2016 Legislative Session is now in full swing. Governor Cuomo has proposed $91.6M in Library Aid, which includes the additional $5M provided by the Legislature in the 2015-16 Budget.
This represents flat funding and leaves Library Aid at 2000 levels.
Your action is needed! You are all familiar with NYLA’s Online Advocacy Center, which makes it quick and easy to connect with your elected representatives. This year we are calling on all of our advocates to leverage your social media connections to encourage your family, friends and patrons to join the fight. Post a link to the NYLA Online Membership Center on your Facebook wall, tweet about your support for library aid, and urge your colleagues to do the same. Together we can send a record number of messages to the NYS Legislature regarding library issues – make sure your voice is part of the fight!
NYLA’s Online Advocacy Center
NYLA’s Virtual Advocacy Resource Page
NYLA offers Webinars - sign up today to get new ideas, enhance your skills, and earn CE credit!
The Small Library Gauntlet
Thursday, February 11
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursday, February 18
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Spring conferences are just around the corner; click the links below for more information or to register.
Long Island Libraries and Pop Culture Conference
April 14, 2016
YSS Spring Conference: Find Your Stride!
April 25, 2016
Long Island Library Conference
May 5, 2016
SSL Spring Conference: Capitalizing on the Past, Revolutionizing our Future
May 5 - May 7, 2016
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
NYLA Executive Director
518-432-6952 ext. 101