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)
January 7-12, 2014
January 8-22, 2014
Turning the Page 2.0
Genealogy Part 2 Webinar
YSS 2014 Annual Conference
SSL 2014 Annual Conference
Long Island Library Conference
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.