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From the President

by Debby Emerson, NYLA President

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I took over the Presidential gavel from Geoff Kirkpatrick. The year has flown by! The time has gone way too quickly to accomplish all that I hoped to (isn’t that always the way?), but NYLA has made some significant strides in the past year.

  1. Membership is now over 5000.
  2. The NYLA Leadership Manual has been revised and updated.
  3. We have a new Sustainability Committee.
  4. The new strategic plan is being finalized.

Our “Libraries are Education” message has been heard loud and clear, resulting in another welcome bump in library funding and a much-needed increase in library construction aid.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with many of you as I conducted a series of six focus groups around the state. We heard from both NYLA members and non-members and got some good input for the strategic plan. But even more important, these groups of colleagues really enjoyed the chance to get together and chat about a whole variety of library-related issues.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the hard-working members of NYLA Council who have been instrumental in leading our organization for the past year, and another huge thank you to the dedicated NYLA staff who make this all happen. It has been a pleasure working with all of you, and I look forward to another year of involvement as past president. I also look forward to Barbara Stripling’s presidency; she will be a great leader for NYLA and will steer us in new directions.

As we focus on preparing for the annual conference, I’m happy to see our theme playing out. We can clearly see that NYLA is strong, strategic, and sustainable. I look forward to seeing many of you at conference.