New York Library Association. - The eBulletin

Executive Director's Report

When hearing of my new position as executive director for NYLA, a cousin asked me “Aren’t libraries on their way out?”  I quickly explained that if you think of libraries as simply a place that has books, then yes, that model is long since gone – but at the core, libraries are about free unfettered access to information.  Regardless of the current form in which information is consumed, libraries provide the community with open access; and that access is a keystone to a healthy and functioning democracy.

Governor Cuomo continues to promote the development and expansion of New York’s broadband infrastructure, recently announcing $25M in competitive grants.  This initiative seeks to bring high speed internet access to every corner of the state.  The question that begs to be asked: “Once the cable is run, where do New Yorkers who don’t have a computer, or can’t afford a monthly broadband access fee, go to use this vast new infrastructure?”  We all know the answer: THE PUBLIC LIBRARY.

NYLA’s Legislative Committee is hard at work crafting a list of priority items for the coming legislative session.  It is not too early to mark your calendar for March 5, 2013 – NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day 2013.  Join advocates from across New York State as we converge on Albany and deliver the message that libraries are an essential part of the Empire State. 

A chapter near you -
As part of NYLA’s effort to better serve the needs of our members, and all members of the library community, the NYLA Council has put forward a motion to amend NYLA’s bylaws to provide for a structure to support regional chapters.  To read more about this exciting development, please click here. NOTE: The proposed amendments will be voted on at the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 8 at 8:00AM at the Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Hello ULU
Welcome the NYLA’s newest affiliate member – Urban Librarians Unite.  Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) is a professional group created to promote and support libraries, library staff, and librarianship in urban settings. Urban Librarian Unite facilitates dialog between libraries and library workers, encourages new developments in library science, and advocates for libraries and librarians in urban areas.  To learn more about ULU visit them online, click here.

KUDOS to the NY3Rs
Congratulations to the NY3Rs who on September 24 & 25 hosted the I2NY Summit, to envision and explore the possibilities for the future of NY’s information infrastructure.  Attended by representatives of a cross section of the library community, the event was conducted in an exciting “un-conference model” which lead to the open sharing of ideas.  To learn more about the event, click here.

Let’s make this a two way communication stream.  NYLA is seeking your feedback on the content of the e-Bulletin as well as other topics of the day.  Please send your comments and content to Cara Longobardi at and please put “e-Bulletin Mailbag” in the subject line.  We will include selected submissions in the following issue.

I look forward to seeing you all in Saratoga Springs, November 7-10 for NYLA’s Annual Conference.

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

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