NYLA 2016 - Strong. Strategic. Sustainable.
by Kelsey Dorado, NYLA Communications & Marketing Manager
NYLA 2016 was one for the books! It was filled with learning, discussions, and of course, singing. On November 2-5, 2016 over 1,000 librarians took over Saratoga Springs, NY creating the BEST CONFERENCE EVER and keeping NYLA strong, strategic, and sustainable.
This year’s conference began on Wednesday, November 2 with a handful of great CE Workshops and progressed right into Thursday’s Keynote Address presented by Garry Golden, Tapping Your Inner Futurist: Libraries and the Future of Sustainable Communities. The Keynote Address was focused on three main topics, the first being how libraries can help their local communities become more responsive and resilient in the ever-changing world. Golden then helped attendees imagine how libraries can enable sustainable strategies and conlcuded by looking at the hype vs. hope associated with blockchain technology.
The Strong. Strategic. Sustainable. message continued to be prominent throughout NYLA 2016 and was consistently highlighted in conference programs. Programs ranged from computer science and coding to having beer in your library, some helped library staff better their interactions with patrons while others discussed libraries behind the scenes.
Programs weren’t the only opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in the conference experience. NYLA 2016 was full of luncheons, banquets, receptions, and after hours events that brought attendees together to listen to discuss all things library. Attendees could check in at the Empire State Center for the Book Luncheon with Ezekiel Boone and Steve Hamilton. They could also stay for our Saturday morning breakfast with Greg Lukianoff and discuss Intellecutal Freedom. Battle Decks, a NYLA Annual favorite, returned with hosts Christian Zabriskie and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, and crowned a new winner – Jane "Calamity Jane" Herbst a retired School Library Media Specialist from Babylon Jr.-Sr. High School!
It all came to a head during the 2016 NYLA Inaugural Banquet where several leaders in the library community were honored and the Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award was dedicated to Senator Hugh Farley in honor of his retirement and continuous devotion to the advancement of New York State’s libraries.
NYLA 2016 was filled with more than just librarians. Over 100 exhibitors also joined in on the fun this year and brought along the latest in library products and services! While attendees roamed the trade show floor they saw architects, publishers, automation companies, and maybe even a painting session.
If you missed the BEST CONFERENCE EVER there is no need to worry, we will be back in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 7 – 10, 2017 to do it all again. We hope you are all ready to Choose Your Own Adventure!