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Executive Director's Report

Executive Director’s Report – December

‘Cash or Charge’

Responding to a reported need from member libraries; NYLA, in partnership with BancCard has developed a program to allow libraries to collect fines and other payments via credit card.

The program will allow participating libraries to collect payments using a computer terminal via a secure internet processing portal.  NYLA will manage the account, and disburse funds quarterly, less the associated fees, to the library.  NYLA manages all of the payment card industry (PCI) compliance issues, and library patrons get the flexibility to pay their fines when they don’t have any cash.

To find out more about this program, please click here.

Conferences on the Horizon

Spring 2014 will deliver a bounty of professional development options.

Library Assistants Training Program (LATP)
Back by popular demand, the newly re-designed LATP returns for two offerings.  The course is offered on the same day over the course of three weeks (e.g. three consecutive Tuesdays), and each class is six hours long.

January 7-12, 2014
Mid-Hudson Library System

January 8-22, 2014
Upper Hudson Library system

Turning the Page 2.0
January 8 - February 12
This six-part webinar series provides training on the library advocacy platform developed by the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Genealogy Part 2 Webinar
January 16, 2014
Mary Anne Waltz will lead this e-Institute Webinar which builds on the reference materials highlighted in Part I.

YSS 2014 Annual Conference
April 4, 2014
White Plains, NY
Take advantage of the opportunity to hear Roger Sutton and Steve Sheinkin, two award-winning and respected individuals in the field of children’s and young adult literature!

SSL 2014 Annual Conference
April 24-26, 2014
Syracuse, NY
Featured speakers to include Dr. David Lankes, Library Advocate and Dr. Marc Aronson, YA Nonfiction Author.

Long Island Library Conference
May 1, 2014
Melville, NY
Join Keynote Speaker Sarah Vowell and 600 of your closest LI librarian friends for a full day of professional development.

Be the Change

As 2013 draws to a close and we gear up for our 2014 Library Advocacy efforts, I wanted to offer a call to action to the entire library community.  Every one of you has numerous opportunities each day to advocate for libraries and impact our future.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Be BOLD. Change the things that you can.  Improve services and operations in small yet meaningful ways that will make your library better.  Be the best at what you do and exceed expectations at every opportunity.

We all know that libraries are essential.  We all know libraries are transformative within the communities they serve.  Every interaction with the public is an opportunity for advocacy; a chance to shine and to develop one more person who knows that access to a strong and well-funded library makes their lives better.

Whether you are a library director or circulation clerk, library page or trustee; everyone has opportunities to improve their library.  Commit to making 2014 a year in which you, as an individual, strive to make your library just a little bit better in any way that you can.  

NYLA is a vehicle to bring together all those who are committed to professional excellence and to demonstrating the power of libraries.  Join us in Albany on Thursday, February 27 for Library Advocacy Day 2014 and bring along others who share your passion.  Together we can and will make a difference.

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

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