Friends of the Library Section (FLS) Update
Submitted by Terry Mulee, FLS 2nd Vice President
Friends of Libraries Section - Year Two
FLS had a most productive second year as a NYLA Section.
* Membership increased by 28%
* The treasury increased by 22%
* Presented four regional workshops across the state:
- Two sponsored by Library Systems
- Two sponsored by Friends of the Library groups
- Two Getting Started: Creating and Sustaining a Friends Group for Your Library
- Two Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group
- 118 attendees from more than 40 libraries in eight Library Systems
- 87 % of evaluation respondents rated the workshops "Outstanding"
* Attendance at Second Annual Friends Group Meet-Up sponsored by FLS Executive Board (following annual in-person board meeting) increased by 120%; 22 attendees from eight libraries in three Library Systems and one Regional Library Council
* Secured NYS Senate Proclamation commemorating National Friends of Libraries Week for second year in a row
* Established the FLS Tribute Fund and Honor Roll
* Presented the 2016 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award to Anne Andrianos, President of the Friends of Onondaga Free Library
* FLS Executive Board Leadership Manual updated and uploaded to FLS webpage
* 2016 NYLA Annual Conference highlights:
- First Dewey Fellowship for FLS awarded to Kitty Bressington, Friends of the
- Avon Free Library
- Sponsored four programs
- Increased participation in FLS programs by 40%
- First collaboration with Academic Friends of Libraries Groups for a program at the Conference
- Continued co-sponsorship collaboration with Library Trustees Association of New York State
- FLS member gifts available to Conference attendees second year in a row
- Successful raffle, membership drive, and networking at FLS Booth during the Trade Show
- Offered Consultant Hours for Friends Group Topics for second year
* FLS Executive Board is geographically diverse representing 9 Library Systems
As FLS enters it's third year as a NYLA Section we will be looking forward to our 25th Anniversary at the 2017 NYLA Annual Conference. The Empire Friends Roundtable, the predecessor of FLS, was founded in 1992. In honor of this silver anniversary FLS is hoping to add at least 25 new Friends of the Library Groups to our membership.
The motto of FLS is "Friends Helping Friends." Please help us reach our goal of 25 new Friends groups to further the work of this statewide network of Library Advocates!