Consultant Office Hours

As a value-added bonus to the 2013 NYLA Annual Conference, a select number of library industry experts have volunteered their time to offer brief (20 minute) consultation sessions.

These 'office hours' will take place on

Thursday, September 26 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

at the Conference Center at Niagara Falls.

You must sign up by 12noon on Thursday using the links below.
You will receive a confirmation and the meeting information via the e-mail address you submit when signing up.

The following experts have agreed to participate:

Libby Post: Advocacy and Marketing Strategies
President of Communication Services. For almost a decade, Libby Post has been creating innovative advocacy campaigns for public libraries. With a success rate of 80%, Post has been a public library partner in creating library districts, and passing budgets, funding propositions and building referendums. She was chosen as one of a handful by the Public Library Association to keep the Turning the Page program going.


Rebekkah Smith Aldrich: Library Sustainability and Strategic Planning
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, is the Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where she has assisted 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities since 1998. Rebekkah is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and the author of a number of publications, including the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State.
Sustainable Funding
Building Your Base of Support in Your Community
Director Assistance (management, working with your board, managing your facility, etc.)
Trustee Assistance (leadership, technical questions, policies, etc.)
Strategic Planning
Friends Groups
Greening Your Library / Sustainable Facilities


Ellen Bach & Bob Schofield: Legal Issues
Ellen Bach practices principally in the area of labor and employment law and litigation, with a particular focus on federal and state civil rights litigation. During her tenure at the firm, she has served as special in-house labor and employment counsel to a FORTUNE 100 company.
Robert Schofield is a partner in Whiteman Osterman & Hanna’s Labor and Employment Law, Education, and Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Practice Groups. His areas of expertise include public sector labor and employment issues, education law, and general litigation, as well as State Court practice. Mr. Schofield has been with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP since 2000.


Paul Mays: Construction Project Planning
With over twenty years experience Paul is an accomplished designer, presenter, and research specialist. His design process
incorporates diligent information gathering and creative insight to produce a thorough and precise building design, which places particular
emphasis on reflecting the community in which it is located. He is currently a Trustee for the Southern Adirondack Library System along with several other professional and civic organizations.


Mike Neppl: NYLA Advocacy Feedback
These sesssion are intended for members of the library community to share their thoughts and ideas on NYLA advocacy activities, or just take a few moments to get to know NYLA's new Director of Government Relations and Advocacy.
A graduate of Albany Law School, Michael Neppl comes from the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he has served as Assistant Attorney General and Director of Public Information and Correspondence since January 2011.  Prior to that, Mr. Neppl served as Counsel to Senator Eric Schneiderman, and was named to the 2011 “Rising Stars: 40 under 40” list by City & State.