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Borges Leaves NYLA

placeholder imageMichael Borges, longtime Executive Director of the New York Library Association, resigned after an eight-year tenure to become Executive Director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials in Albany, NY. Mike assumed his new position on March 12th.

Founded in 1948, the New York State Association of School Business Officials is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Association of School Business Officials International and chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. NYSASBO is dedicated to the advancement of education by providing leadership in the practice of school business management and delivering opportunities for professional growth with supporting services and programs.

He leaves behind a long list of accomplishments as his legacy:

  • Increased Library Aid from $84 million in 2004 to $102 million in 2007.
  • Increased Public Library Construction Aid from $800,000 annually to $14 million annually.
  • Obtained passage of seven bills that were signed into law that benefit libraries and library systems.
  • Love Your Library License Plate – vanity license plate program to fund summer reading. Chapter 303 of 2004.
  • School Library System Merger Aid – increased merger aid from $50,000 to $90,000. Chapter 654 of 2007.
  • Library Budget Votes – clarifies ability of libraries to establish a tax as proposed by board of trustees. Chapter 184 of 2007.
  • Cooperative Bidding – allows libraries and library systems to engage in cooperative bidding or aggregate their purchases. Chapter 385 of 2010.
  • Public Library Construction Aid – reduced matching grant from 50% to 25% and allows funds to be used to purchase vacant land. Chapter 498 of 2011.
  • Local Government Efficiency Grants – Makes public library systems eligible for grants. Chapter 470 of 2011.
  • State Library Hours of Operation – provides flexibility in hours of operation for state library. Chapter 261 of 2011.
  • Obtained changes in law that made public libraries eligible for local government efficiency grants.
  • Made permanent supplemental system aid and waivers of maintenance of effort requirements.
  • Allowed software/textbook aid to be used to purchase library materials in schools.
  • Saved public libraries from adverse impact of tax cap.
  • Prevented Board of Regents from eliminating middle school library skills from curriculum.
Professional Development
  • Created a nationally unique Leadership Academy to train librarians to be directors/managers.
  • Established the only Library Assistant Training Program with community colleges in the country.
  • Obtained Regents approval of mandatory continuing education requirements for new public librarians.
  • Launched Task Force on Civil Service Reform that updated civil service exams for Librarian I, II and Library Director I (currently working on Library Assistant/Clerk revisions).
  • Oversaw creation of an endowment to stabilize NYLA’s financial future.
  • Purchased new NYLA office with training room and needed parking.
  • Managed revision of NYLA’s new website.
  • Increased membership from 3,100 in 2004 to over 4,000 today.
  • Created partnership with the seven Schools of Information Studies in the state.
  • Developed joint memberships with ALA for library assistants and students.
Literacy/Center for the Book
  • Awarded Center for the Book designation in 2010 by the Library of Congress (only state library association so designated).
  • Launched Empire State Book Festival and NYS Writers Hall of Fame.
  • Secured federal Digital Literacy Grant to provide training to librarians on state digital literacy standards.


Many thanks to Michael and all of his extraordinary work for our organization through the years, and we wish him luck with NYSASBO.