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Execute Director's Report

by Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director

The Key to the Future is YOU!

It’s that time of year again – the time when NYLA puts out the call for those interested in serving in a leadership role with the association.
The idea might seem intimidating; ‘What do I know about being on a Board?’ ‘Do I really have time for another thing?’ ‘I’m sure there is someone more qualified that can do it…’
But the fact of the matter is we need YOU.
NYLA is driven by those who step forward, who step up, who give of their time and talents to shape the organization.
As passionate and dedicated as the NYLA staff is, we are not librarians.  The role of the staff it to provide an infrastructure to allow for the work of the organization to advance.  Without the active engagement of our membership to guide our policies and activities, we are unable to fulfill our mission to ‘lead, educate and advocate for the advancement of the New York library community.’

For 2017 NYLA will be electing candidates for:
President-elect, Treasurer-Elect, and two Councilors-at-Large.

Take this as your personal invitation.  NYLA Immediate Past President, and Chair of the Nominating Committee, Debby Emerson, would love to hear from you as the 2017 NYLA Council slate is being developed.

NYLA also welcomes petition candidates for office on the upcoming NYLA Council election ballot.  In order to secure a spot on the NYLA ballot, you must be a current NYLA member, submit a signed letter stating your acceptance of the nomination, and a petition of no fewer than 54* signatures of current NYLA members endorsing your candidacy.  A petition candidate’s materials must be received by the NYLA office no later than May 1.
* 54 represents 1% of the total NYLA membership as of 12-31-16.

Additionally, many NYLA Sections and Round Tables are currently compiling their slate of officers for 2017-2018 – if you are interested in becoming more involved with your association, please consider reaching out to the current president of any of our Sections and Round Tables.  You’ll be glad you did.

Sustaining a Successful Model

Together with every library advocate who raised their voice, NYLA is celebrating a successful NYS Budget negotiation.  Library Aid in the FY2017-2018 New York State Budget remained stable, despite Governor Cuomo’s proposed $4 Million-dollar reduction; and the Library Construction Aid program will be funded at $24M, a $10M increase above what was in the Executive Budget. Complete details can be found in the Capitol Update.

This year's budget was the most challenging in recent memory. The cumulative effect of your advocacy efforts  - your letters, phone calls, meeting with your legislators, participation in Advocacy Day - made the difference and allowed us to fare better than many groups which saw funding reductions.  We set a new record for library advocacy, over 9,000 individuals took action, and collectively we sent over 350K messages to Albany.

This year’s budget victories are not isolated; since 2011 our collective advocacy efforts, have resulted in over $16M of additional Library Aid funding.  This represents an over 16% increase in state dollars allocated to the support of libraries.

All of these successes require funding.  NYLA’s operations are built on membership dues, and to continue on the path we have set out upon, we need everyone’s support.  

•    Encourage your professional peers to join NYLA
•    Check with your library director to ensure that your library is an organizational member
•    Make a donation to NYLA’s Advocacy Fund

Less than half of the New York library community is currently NYLA members.
Together we can improve that number, and ensure that your professional organization has the resources required to continue on our established path toward success.

Ascending New Heights

Academic, Research and Special Library Summit 2017
The State of Our Libraries:  Connect. Collaborate. Advocate.

NYLA and the Academic & Special Library Section (ASLS) are hosting a one-day Summit to better understand the needs and concerns of New York State’s academic, research and special libraries.

Several academic library related organizations have been invited to register two representatives, duly-appointed to speak for the group, to attend the Summit, which will take place, Friday, June 9, 2017 in the Capital Region.

The delegates from each invited group will have an opportunity to share strengths, opportunities, and challenges to fulfilling their given mission, propose strategies to identify which of these are common or possibly systemic, and offer collaborative strategies to build on common strengths and lessen or eliminate challenges.  Particular attention will be given to those concerns that may be addressed via legislation at the state level.

Summit participants will also work toward the development of a white paper commenting on the status of Academic, Research and Special Libraries in New York State.  This report will provide a snapshot of the community based on collectively agreed upon benchmarks. The intent in creating this paper is to formally document the immense value of our strong and rich mix of academic, research and special libraries in New York State.

Watch for a reporting on the outcomes of the Academic, Research and Special Library Summit 2017 coming in Fall 2017.

Steering Committee
Michelle Young, Clarkson University
Marcy Strong, University of Rochester
Debby Emerson, Wadsworth Library
Elaine Lasda, University at Albany
Barbara Stripling, Syracuse University
Jeremy Johannesen, NY Library Association

Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders

NYLA’s Leadership and Management Academy is an educational program for emerging leaders in the library profession. Participants will gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance up the career ladder in library management.

Enrollment in the Library Leadership and Management Academy is limited to 40 students each year. Enrollees are required to complete ten courses over a three year period to receive a Leadership and Management Academy Certificate. Qualifying courses are generally offered around the Annual Conference (Oct. - Nov.) and in June at the NYLA office.

The Academy is designed for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge and basic skills critical to becoming a library leader or manager. Applicants must either have five years of library experience and a Bachelor’s Degree OR two years of library experience and an MLS.

The 2017 L&MA Summer Session will take place May 31 – June 2 at the NYLA Headquarters in Guilderland, NY.  Apply today and begin this exciting program and advance your career.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jeremy Johannesen
NYLA Executive Director
518-432-6952 Ext. 101