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Executive Director's Report

Advocacy Begins With You

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

I have been told time and again by legislative staffers, at all levels of government, that it takes a remarkable small number of letters or calls from the public to ‘move the needle’ of attention on an issue for lawmakers.  Never doubt that the time you take in sending in a letter or making an office visit makes a difference.  Let your passion for libraries shine through; together we can ensure that they remain the trusted resource of open and unbiased information for the communities they serve for generations to come.

All the Latest from Albany

NYS Budget 2013-14

We are pleased to report that Governor Cuomo included $81.6 million in Library Aid in his FY 2013-14 Executive Budget.  This is equal to the level of funding enacted in the FY 2012-13 Budget.  While not an increase, it allows us to move forward without having the fight for restorations.  Library Construction Aid was include at the same level as the previous year at $14 million.

On Tuesday, January 29, I had the opportunity to testify before the Joint Budget Hearing on Elementary and Secondary Education.  In keeping with the established Legislative Agenda, my remarks called for the full funding of library aid based on formula funding of $102Million.  Click here to read the entire testimony.

Take Action

The time for library advocates to reach out to their elected representative and voice their support for Library Aid funding is NOW.

NYLA provides you with a quick and easy means of showing your support.

Follow the link below, click on ‘Take Action’, edit the supplied advocacy message as you like, enter your name and address, and hit ‘send message’.

Your message will automatically be delivered to your NYS Senator and Assemblymember.

Click Here:
NYLA’s Legislative Action Center

Legislative Agenda

Looking beyond the budgetary process, NYLA’s Legislative Committee has worked to carefully craft a Legislative Agenda.  The items adjust and introduce laws that allow libraries in New York State to function more efficiently and effectively.  The complete list of items is available for your review online – NYLA’s 2013 Legislative Agenda

NYLA’s 2013 Library Advocacy Day – Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Join library advocates from across New York State for our annual gathering to show your support for libraries.

Our day begins with Legislative Briefings in Meeting Room Six of the Empire State Convention Center.  We are excited to report that we will be hosting a Mid-Day Rally in “The Well” of the Legislative Office Building, with many special speakers, including Senator Hugh Farley, Assemblymember Micha Kellner, and Assemblymember Kathy Nolan.  Also speaking will be Forbes author David Vinjamuri – check out his recent article on “Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More.”

For complete details on 2013 Library Advocacy Day, including travel information, parking and more click here: NYLA’s 2013 Library Advocacy Day

Pre-Library Advocacy Day – Monday, March 4, 2013


As added incentive for traveling to Albany, NYLA is pleased to offer the following special events taking place on Monday, March 4, 2013.

Legal Issues Clinic for Libraries
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Public Relations (PR) Essentials: Avoiding the Top 10 Mistakes (Or how to ruin your library's reputation in 10 easy steps!)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Turn the Page on Library Advocacy
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

NYLIBS-PAC Gala Fundraiser
Join NYLIBS-PAC for this special evening to support the library community of New York. The evening will begin with an open-bar cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.

For complete details on the Pre-Advocacy Day Activities – Click HERE

A Bounty of Continuing Education Opportunities


On Wednesday, May 29, 2013 NYLA will present a full day professional development conference at the Javits Center in Manhattan in partnership with Book Expo America.  Futurist Garry Golden will be our keynote speaker and the theme for the event will be “the future of libraries.”  Breakout sessions will be available during the afternoon.  NYLA will be an exhibitor at BEA for the remainder of the show (Thursday – Saturday).  Watch for further details and registration information.

NYLA Sections PLS, SMART, SSL and YSS are all planning conference activities coming this Spring!

Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) is hosting its first conference on Friday, April 5, 2013 in New York City – for complete details visit

NYLA’s “Train the Trainer” workshops on providing Digital Literacy workshops to the public continue with many, many offering coming up in all areas of the state.  Find a location and date near you, visit

Mark your calendar now for the 2013 NYLA Annual Conference – ‘Libraries Spark Imagination’ – September 25-28 in Niagara Falls.

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

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