Executive Director's Report
A Victory for Library Advocates
Thanks to the collective efforts of library advocates, we have good news to report. The final FY 2013-14 NYS Budget includes a $4M restoration in Library Aid. Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget carried forward flat funding from last year ($81.6M) and the Legislature restored an additional $4M, for a total of $85.6M.
The restoration is an important step in restoring the 20% reduction in Library Aid since FY 2007-08. This year’s appropriation of $85.6M remains $16.8M below the $102.4M that is stipulated in Education Law (based on the 2010 US Census).
Our thanks go out to the Legislature for the $4M restoration, which originated in the Senate.
Other items of note in the NYS Budget include:
$14M for Library Construction Aid
$1.3M for MTA Payroll Tax Rebate (for libraries impacted by the tax)
While the NYS Budget process is now complete, our work is not done.
NYLA’s Legislative Agenda
NYLA’s Legislative Committee has worked to carefully craft a Legislative Agenda. The complete list of items is available for your review online – NYLA’s 2013 Legislative Agenda. Please discuss these items with your elected officials and voice your support.
A set of complete Talking Points provides background information and impact statements on each item. This document provides you with the details you need to discuss the Legislative Agenda with your elected representatives. – NYLA’s 2013 Talking Points
Congratulations to all NYS Library Advocates on this successful effort! It is only through the collective action of all who participated that we are able to have a positive impact. Thank you all and continue to keep up the good work! Together we are improving NY’s library community.
Speak Up for School Librarians
School districts across New York State are ‘feeling the pinch’ of the Tax Cap, and continue to face tough budgetary choices. Because elementary school librarians are not required under New York State Education requirements, these positions are particularly vulnerable.
Take action to support your fellow librarians who serve in our schools. Your voice as a parent of a student, or community member, is powerful with your local school board. In March, NYLA issued a letter to every school district in New York State providing information on the value of a school library program. Please feel free to use this letter as a starting point for voicing your support for your school’s librarian.
Elementary Librarian Advocacy Letter (PDF)
School Library Programs Improve Student Learning Brochure by AASL
The End 252 Hudson
On March 15, 2013, NYLA official closed on the sale of our previously held office at 252 Hudson Avenue in Albany, New York. The space served as headquarters for the organization from 1990 through 2003. In 2003, NYLA relocated to its current home at 6021 State Farm Road in Guilderland, NY. The space has been purchased by the New York News Publishers Association.
NYLA Wants YOU
NYLA welcomes petition candidates for office on the upcoming NYLA Council election ballot. The positions to be elected for this year are; President-elect, Councilor-at-Large, and ALA Chapter Councilor.
In order to secure a spot on the NYLA ballot, you must be a current NYLA member, submit a signed letter stating your acceptance of the nomination, and a petition of no fewer than 42* signatures of current NYLA members endorsing your candidacy. A petition candidate’s materials must be received by the NYLA office no later than May 31.
* 42 represents 1% of the total NYLA membership as of 12-31-12.
Professional Development in the Spring Time
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013 NYLA will present a full day professional development conference at the Javits Center in Manhattan in partnership with BookExpo. The full program offers up to five contact hours of professional development. Futurist Garry Golden will be our keynote speaker and the theme for the event will be the future of libraries. Two breakout sessions will be available during the afternoon, with multiple offers during each session.
Breakout Sessions include:
• Discovery and Curation in the eBook Era
• Leadership on the Digital Frontier
• Grassroots Library Advocacy 101
• If Not for the Library – Makerspaces in Libraries: Creating Access to Transformative Technologies and Opportunities
• Make Something New. Now.
• Learning Disabilities in the Library
Registration is just $95 (by 4/15) For complete details, visit the NYLA@BEA page.
NYLA Sections PLS, SMART, SSL and YSS are all planning conference activities coming this Spring!
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 diglitny.org.
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.
NYLA Executive Director
518-432-6952 Ext. 101