Execute Director's Report
by Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director
Freedom from Fear
As we are in the space between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, my folks are on my mind. The greatest gift that my parents ever bestowed upon me was developing in me a lack of the fear of failure. I was always encouraged to take on whatever came up, give it a go, do your best, because you won’t know if you don’t try. That steady encouragement developed into a robust sense that anything is doable if you just begin, make incremental progress, and persist. Of course, there are more than a few instances where my endeavors went down in glorious unbridled flames (just ask my little sister). But even those failures were approached as opportunities for learning and growth; as stepping stones toward the larger goal.
That spirit lives each and every day in every library. The indominable spirit of optimism; that anything is possible – and that the knowledge you need to get there is available to you. Everyone who passes through the doorway is given the opportunity to pursue their goals and dreams free from judgement and expectation. What do you want to explore today? What would you tackle if you knew you couldn’t fail? Ask a librarian for some help. They’ll give it. You’ll get there.
Library as inspiration, springboard, launch-pad.
Selecting Our Leaders - NYLA Council Election 2017
NYLA is dependent on the passion and talent of our volunteer leaders who give of their time to guide and shape the organization. This year NYLA members will be electing:
- A President-Elect, who will serve from Nov. 2017 – Nov. 2018 and then as NYLA President from Nov. 2018 – Nov. 2019.
- Two Councilors at Large who will each serve from Nov. 2017 – Nov. 2020
- One Treasurer-Elect, who will serve from Nov. 2017 – Nov. 2019 and then as NYLA Treasurer from Nov. 2019 – Nov. 2021
The NYLA Council Ballot will be open from June 15 - July 15.
Details on accessing the ballot will be posted on nyla.org and distributed via e-mail.
The Nominating Committee has identified the following slate of candidates.
The Nominating Committee identified the following slate of candidates.
To learn more about these candidates, click here.
NYLA 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 41* 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.
Update: No petitions for NYLA office were received.
Section & Round Table Elections
Coinciding with the NYLA Council election, each of NYLA's Sections will be voting to elect officers. An overview of the candidates can be found here. Details on the candidates for each Section election can be found on the Section's web pages. When accessing the NYLA Council Ballot, all additional Section ballots that you are eligible to participate in will be displayed. Also happening concurrently, the Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) Ballot - click here for details.
Help Spotlight Excellence - Call for Nominations
Each year, NYLA honors individuals and organizations for their support, leadership, and advocacy of libraries and intellectual freedom at the Annual Conference.
Undoubtedly there is someone you know professionally that is deserving of recognition for one of these award. We are dependent on the nominations received from members like you to help us identify those worthy persons. Help us shine a light on the best among us, submit an award nomination.
We are now accepting nominations for the following Awards and Scholarships. Nominations are due JULY 15.
The Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award
The Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who, or a group that, has made a far reaching, sustained contribution to the promotion and/or support of library and information services to the people of New York State or residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.
Outstanding Service to Libraries Award
The Outstanding Service to Libraries Award recognizes and honors an individual who, or a group that, has made a significant, sustained contribution to the development, promulgation, growth or extension of library/information services to the people of NYS or to residents within a designated service area within the State. Recognition may include lifetime NYLA membership, citation, and gift.
NYLA Intellectual Freedom Award
The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that furthers the cause of intellectual freedom in New York State.
Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award
The Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award recognizes a public library director who has developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library.
Please also note that the NYLA Sections & Roundtables offer awards and scholarships - Click here for a listing.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
NYLA Executive Director
518-432-6952 Ext. 101