From the President...
April 2012, by Matt Bollerman, Hauppauge Public Library
Jeremy Johannesen has been appointed as the New York Library Association Executive Director. The Council was impressed with Jeremy’s experience in running a membership organization, his advocacy efforts and his vision for NYLA’s continued success and made the decision on June 18. I look forward to watching his success now and in the future.
In June I spoke to students and recent graduates of the Palmer School at CW Post about the job market and where NYLA and other professional associations fit into getting a position. NYLA can assist job seekers by providing opportunities to network with others, allow interested people to present at poster sessions (now called Pecha Kucha Presentations), or present a program. Most of these activities occur at our Annual Conference, November 7-10 in Saratoga Springs. The early bird discount for registering ends on August 17. There are a number of scholarships available for those looking to attend who may lack the resources to. Please visit the scholarship and awards page of www.nyla.org for details.
I would like to congratulate the winners of our NYLA elections and thank all who offered their talents to serve by being nominated. If you would like to serve the Association in some way and are unsure of where to start, contact me. I would be happy to discuss the organization with you and maybe help introduce you to some people who would love a hand.
Finally, I want to thank all the folks who respond to our legislative alerts, make phone calls to their representatives, visit the local offices of politicians, contribute to the New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC, and generally pitch in to let those in government know how important libraries are to their lives. Without you NYLA would have no voice. With you, we can easily live up to our moniker, “Voice of the Library Community.” Thanks.
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