NYLA's Library Advocacy Day

New York Library Advocacy DayReview of 2012 Events

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 

Empire State Plaza Meeting Room 6
Albany, New York 

Coming to Albany for Advocacy Day 2012?
Book your room at the official NYLA Library Advocates Hotel:

Albany Marriott (Click here to book your room)
189 Wolf Road · Albany, New York 12205

Click here to view pictures from this year's event!

Summary of Events 2012

Pre-Advocacy Day Activities

Various NYLA Affiliates will be holding meetings on Monday, March 5, 2012. The New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee is also holding a Fundraising Gala in the evening of March 5, 2012.

Click here for more information about our Pre-Advocacy Day activities and/or to register for the Fundraising Gala.

Overnight Accommodations:
Albany Marriott (Click here to book your room)
189 Wolf Road · Albany, New York 12205

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 – Library Advocacy Day

8:00am - 9:30am - Legislative Meet & Greet: NYLA hosts an informal buffet breakfast for legislators and staff to meet with library advocates from around the state in Meeting Room Six in the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza. Legislators are also given the opportunity at this time to have their photos taken for the annual READ posters and bookmarks that are used to promote the Statewide Summer Reading Program.

The following NYS Senators have confirmed they are attending the Meet & Greet:

John Bonacic
David Carlucci
John DeFrancisco
Patrick Gallivan
Martin Golden
Liz Krueger
Andrew Lanza
Kenneth LaValle
Jack Martins
George Maziarz
Kevin Parker
Patty Ritchie
Joseph Robach
Daniel Squadron
Andrea Stewart-Cousins
David Valesky
Catharine Young

The following NYS Assemblymembers have confirmed they are attending the Meet & Greet:

Peter J. Abbate, Jr.
William A. Barclay
Inez D. Barron
Kenneth Blankenbush
William F. Boyland, Jr.
Anthony J. Brindisi
Harry B. Bronson
Daniel J. Burling
Nancy Calhoun
John D. Ceretto
James D. Conte
Clifford W. Crouch
Joe Giglio
Alfred C. Graf
Stephen Hawley
Hakeem Jeffries
Brian P. Kavanagh
Charles D. Lavine
Peter Lopez
Daniel P. Losquadro
William B. Magnarelli
Tom McKevitt
Joel M. Miller
Joan L. Millman
Michael Montesano
Dean Murray
Felix Ortiz
Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
N. Nick Perry
Dan Quart
Andrew P. Raia
Phil Ramos
Robert Reilly
Robert J. Rodriguez
Addie J. Russell
Teresa R. Sayward
Michelle Schimel
Robert K. Sweeney
Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
Raymond Walter
Helene E. Weinstein
Harvey Weisenberg
Kenneth P. Zebrowski
 

9:30am – 11:00am – Advocacy Day Briefings: Briefings on the current status of budget negotiations and NYLA’s Legislative Priorities will be given at regular intervals in Meeting Room 6, Concourse Level of the Empire State Plaza.

11:30am – 12:00pm - Rally and Speeches: Library advocates rally in Meeting Room 6 to voice their support for library funding and provide a visual demonstration of the strength of the library community to legislators and their staffs. Various speakers are scheduled (elected officials, NYLA leaders, etc.).

Special Guest

Kenneth C. Davis is the author of Don’t Know Much About® History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and gave rise to the Don’t Know Much About® series, which has a combined in-print total of some 4.7-million copies. In June 2011, Don’t Know Much About History: Anniversary Edition was released in hardcover by HarperCollins. A newly revised, updated and expanded edition of the book that started the series, it now presents a complete survey of American history, from before the arrival of Columbus in 1492 right through the events of the past decade –from 9/11 through the election of Barack Obama and the first years of his administration.

To learn more about Kenneth C. Davis - Visit dontknowmuch.com

Library advocates can visit one-on-one with their legislators to inform them of NYLA's 2012 Legislative Priorities

Organizing a Group or meeting with a Legislator? Please fill out the Library Advocacy Day Contact Form.

Advocacy Day Handout: Advocacy materials are distributed to Library Advocacy Day attendees to use in their meetings with legislators and staff.
Stop by Meeting Room 6 to pick up handouts.

Why is it important to travel to Albany to talk with my legislators about library issues?

  • Libraries need you to speak out for them.

  • Libraries need more state money.

  • Legislators need to learn what libraries do for citizens of New York State.

Getting There

Directions & Logistics

Bus & Regional Coordinator Information - Find a bus heading to Albany for Advocacy Day!

- Don't go it alone! 

Security Information

Please plan for airport-like security measures in place in the New York State Capitol, the Legislative Office Building and its surrounding buildings. Please be prepared to pass through a metal detector and have your belongings go through an X-ray machine to enter.All adults (16+) must show a photo ID to enter - it is recommended that attendees carry a photo ID at all times. In addition, items that are sharp or may be construed as weapons are not allowed in any of the Empire State Plaza buildings (including "sticks" attached to Rally signs). Due to the security measures and the number of people expected in Albany that day, please leave yourself plenty of time to travel between Meeting Room 6 and meetings with legislators.

If you have questions, please contact the NYLA Office at events@nyla.org.

Who's going to gain?

  • ALL NY libraries and citizens.
  • ALL libraries and systems which receive direct state aid.
  • Many libraries and systems which receive indirect state aid in the form of cooperative services and shared programs from their library system.
  • Legislators who need to understand how libraries can help them.

What can I do now to support this effort?

  • Call your legislator's office, either at his or her district office, or in Albany.
  • Tell him/her how important your library is to the community—and its voting citizens.
  • Tell him/her that increased funding for libraries is ESSENTIAL and CRITICAL.
  • Use our helpful advocacy tools to help shape your personal message.

We have a great opportunity to speak out for additional funding for electronic resources, construction, and aid for all libraries. It's not hard—and we all need to do our part in strengthening New York's libraries, systems, and special collections.


"Thank You!" to our Lobby Day 2012 Sponsors

 

 

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