From the President
by Debby Emerson, NYLA President
The first two regional focus groups took place in Rochester on April 26 and in Highlands, NY on May 13. Both groups included both NYLA members and non-members, and school, academic, public and special librarians. The purpose of these groups is to gather input for NYLA’s new strategic plan. Upcoming groups are June 3 at the Western NY Library Resources Council, June 13 in Ithaca at the South Central Library Resources Council, and June 21 at the Northern NY Library Network. Please contact me if you’d like to attend one of these groups! The Rochester group and the Southeastern group both had lively discussions, and our participants told us they enjoyed the opportunity to get together and chat with colleagues they don’t see every day. Isn’t that really what NYLA is all about? We all like networking and learning from each other. There are a lot of great things happening in our libraries and it’s interesting to learn how different types of libraries approach the same issues.
National Library Legislative Day
I had the opportunity to attend National Library Legislative Day in Washington, DC on May 2-3 along with NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannessen, former NYLA President Sara Kelly Johns, state delegation leader Robert Hubsher, and delegates Christian Zabriski, Carol Anne Desch (NY State Library), Jill Goldstein, Laroi Lawton, Tiana Taliep, and James Teliha. While advocating at the Federal level is different from what we do at the State level – you are talking about different kinds of issues – having a presence is still important. Key priorities include confirming Dr. Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress, support of LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literature funding, Freedom of Information Act reform, public access to taxpayer-funded research, privacy and surveillance law reform, affordable broadband and strong net neutrality protection, and passage of the Marrakesh Treaty which will improve access for the print disabled. Everyone in our delegation had stories to tell, and those stories resonated with the staff we met with. Your NY delegation even took a little side trip to the Library of Congress!