Executive Director's Report
Executive Director’s Report – October
Changes to the Organizational Dues Structure Approved
At the Annual Membership Meeting at this year’s conference, NYLA members voted to approve changes to the dues structure for organizational members. These revisions will reduce dues for the smallest libraries, and increase dues for those with budgets of $100K or more. To balance the increase in dues, the proposal calls for organizations to receive a bundle of individual memberships, in proportion to their budget size. Complete details on the proposal can be found on the NYLA.org website – Click here.
Now that the proposal has been approved, the new dues rates will take effect on all new and renewing library and library system organizational memberships beginning January 1, 2014. The new structure may be made available optionally earlier than that, based on the implementation timeline with NYLA’s membership database provider. As the new rates take effect, please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions or concerns.
The NYLA Legislative Committee has met and drafted a proposed Legislative Agenda for the 2014 Session. This draft will be reviewed and adopted at the November NYLA Council meeting.
The budgetary goal of the collective library community remains the complete funding of library aid as stipulated in Education Law; $102.4M. There is much work to be done to accomplish this goal, and your voice will be needed in the coming months to communicate the needs of our libraries, and information on the services that they provide, to your legislators.
Newly appointed Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, Mike Neppl, will be providing us all with updates and inside information through the session. Check out his introductory e-Bulletin column, click here.
Mark your calendar of Thursday, February 27 – NYLA Library Advocacy Day 2014!
Declare Your Right to Libraries
On August 8, the NYLA Council adopted a resolution endorsing the efforts of ALA President (and New Yorker) Barbra Stripling in advancing a Declaration to the Right to Libraries. This national initiative strives to collect millions of signatures for use as part of National Library Legislative Day, May 5&6, 2014, in Washington, DC.
I encourage each of you to hold a signing event at your library; inviting your patrons, and local officials to publicly endorse the right to libraries.
The ALA has provided a robust website with materials and talking points to support your efforts. Click here.
With thanks to Robert Hubsher and all the members of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, I am pleased to report that an updated version of the NYLA Intellectual Freedom Manual has been prepared and released. The complete document is available for download, click here.
Friends Section Petition Reaches Goal
Congratulations to the Board and supporters of the Empire Friends Roundtable for surpassing their goal of collecting the required 300 NYLA member signatures of support in their effort for a change in status from Roundtable to Section. The NYLA Council will now address this proposal at the November 7 meeting. For complete details – click here.
Return of LATP
I am pleased to report the return of the Library Assistant Training Program (LATP). Over the last several months, the faculty members of the program have come together to review and revise the course content, and to develop a standardized core curriculum. The program will now be offered in partnership with, and hosted by, public library systems and will take place over the course of three consecutive full-weekday sessions. Look for the first offerings under the new format in early 2014.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me.