Executive Director’s Report – June 2015
NYLA125: You’re Only as Old as You Feel
I share a ‘milestone’ year with NYLA in 2015, and couldn’t avoid spending some time reflecting on what it means to be ‘getting older’. So many of the cliché comments ring true: ‘age is all in your mind’ ‘you’re only as old as you feel’ ‘125 years young’, the list goes on. What seems to be the deciding factor in age is all in how one approaches the world; the attitude and prerogative one adopts. Is each day approached with optimism and curiosity, or dread and apathy?
Libraries stand as temples to curiosity – and thereby serve as fountains of youth within the communities they serve. The simple act of engaging with the boundless fountain of unfettered information that is available at the library allows each of us the opportunity to remain curious – forever learning and growing.
NYLA itself continues to evolve as it ages; the communications vehicles change, but the passion and values endure: Connecting those who believe that libraries improve the communities they serve, and that they must have adequate resources, and be staffed by individuals committed to professional excellence. I thought I’d share our chartering documents from ‘way back when’ as we reflect on this 125th Anniversary.
Throughout our next fiscal year, beginning on July 1, NYLA will be engaged in a number of activities to commemorate this milestone. Most notably we are undertaking a capital campaign, under the banner of NYLA125, with the goal of raising $125K toward the mortgage on NYLA’s headquarters. I welcome you all to join me in these celebrations.
Selecting Our Leaders - NYLA Council Election 2015
From June 15 – July 15 NYLA members will be electing candidates to the following positions: President-elect, and two Councilors-at-Large. Please participate in the selection of the leaders of your association.
This year NYLA members will be electing:
The Nominating Committee has identified the following slate of candidates.
NYLA President-Elect (Nov. 2015 – Nov. 2016) / President (Nov. 2016 – Nov. 2017)
• Barbara Stripling
Councilor-at-Large (Nov. 2015 – Nov. 2018)
• Joyce Laiosa
Councilor-at-Large (Nov. 2015 – Nov. 2018)
• Elaine Lasda Bergman
Complete details on each of the candidates can be found here.
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 you participate in the NYLA Council Election, you can also cast your vote for the leadership of your Sections.
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.
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.
SirsiDynix Intellectual Freedom Award
The SirsiDynix 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.