From the President
by Debby Emerson, NYLA President
One of the best things about being NYLA President is the opportunity to connect with library people from all over the state. In the last issue of the Bulletin, I reported on the two NYLA focus groups that had happened up to that point. There have now been five across upstate NY – Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca, Highlands, and the North Country. Even though our questions were NYLA-focused, everyone was happy to get together and talk about library issues with their colleagues. These folks were from all types of libraries, some NYLA members and some non-members, and they told me they don’t often have a chance to get together like this. Maybe this presents an opportunity for NYLA.
Another joy of being NYLA president: I was honored to be one of the judges for the Rochester Regional Library Council’s Library of the Year contest. This contest is now in its seventh year, and this year there were over 1400 nominations! The judges were asked to select a winner in each of three categories: public library, school library, and academic/special library. It’s heartening to read the wonderful things people say about their libraries. It’s more than “they have great books” and “the people who work there are really nice” (although they say that too!). There are really special comments like:
“Because even thow I don't like to read it will get you in Calleg and a good grade and great future and miss .Kelly will do anythink to get us new book and I hope we win.” (from a city school student)
“I have never seen the atmosphere in this town change so fast as it did after the new library opened. Everyone is so happy with it and so proud of this town because of it. [Our town] always loved the library but now the library loves us back. It is a great feeling; just to walk in the door puts you in a good mood and once you are inside, the librarians and clerks could not be more helpful and cheerful. It's been a gloomy spring around here, but you would never know it in the library.” (from a public library patron)
I love seeing how passionate people are about their libraries, and I’m happy that we take time to recognize and highlight the ways our libraries make a difference.