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Have you been taking advantage of our Vendor Partner benefits?

Did you know that as a NYLA Member you are entitled to Dental and Vision Insurance at discounted rates: New York Long Term Care Brokers provides access to affordable dental and vision plans from a variety of carriers, laid out in a manner that even a 4th grader could understand.  Click here for more information!

Take advantage of this and other programs, offering everything from insurance discounts to earning rewards points just for shopping for every day items online. Visit the NYLA Vendor Partner page to start taking greater advantage of your NYLA membership!

October 2012: Taking Advantage of Social Networking in your Library

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, we know what they are.  We use them on a personal level, but can these social networking sites be good on an organizational level?  This issue will focus on how your peers are taking advantage of these sites.  What works, what doesn't work, and where should you be heading?

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A Message from the President...

October 2012 e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Matt Bollerman

I am about a month away from presiding over my final Council meeting as President. I have had the good fortune to work with a group of dedicated, smart and engaged people who care deeply about New York’s libraries. I want to thank Marcia Eggleston, Kelly Yim, Barbara Nichols-Randall, Pauline Herr, Joyce Laiosa, Mary Donohue and Tom Bindeman for their service on Council.

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Texting School Librarian Connects Students with the Library

By Sue Kowalski, School Librarian Pine Grove Middle School

Seldom a conversation happens these days without mentioning Twitter, Facebook, texting, blogs, YouTube and other avenues for social media.  When I see something go viral in minutes, it seems only logical to tap into such forums to get the word out about our school library.   As educators we have to balance student safety and responsibility with the opportunities social media put at our fingertips.  

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One Library’s Journey with Social Media: The Good, Bad & Ugly

By Valerie Herman, Reference Librarian at Somers Library

Several years ago, I recommended that Somers Library utilize various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) to reach out not only to our local community but to share information beyond Westchester and to reach others worldwide. After 20,000 tweets, 4,200 pins, and countless Facebook entries, the good news is that our efforts have resulted in recognition of our library as a valued resource “to follow”. Social media offers an opportunity that intersects beautifully with the librarian’s role; after all, curating information and disseminating it to the public is what we have always done, but now we can do it faster, better, and more extensively.

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NYLA Annual Conference

November 7th-10th, 2012

The deadline for Advance Pricing for the NYLA Annual Conference is October 12th!

Please also note the following hotel reservation cut off dates:
Saratoga Hilton: 10/6/12
Courtyard by Marriott: 10/10/12

Should you book either of these hotels after these dates, you will not be eligible for the special conference pricing.  Scheduling and registration details on 2012 Annual Conference & Trade Show website!  You can also download the Promotional  Conference Brochure by clicking here.

2012 Library Advocate's Voters Guide 

Election Day is fast approaching, and the New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC has released its 2012 Voter’s Guide: The Library Advocate's Guide to the Voting Records of the New York State Legislature.

Before you go to the polls, be sure to take a peek and see which NYS legislators are voting on library funding and legislative issues!  Click here to download the Guide. 

Digital Literacy Workshops

The final dates for 2012 Digital Literacy training have been announced.  Training sessions will resume in April 2013. To register for any of these sessions, click here. For more information, contact Mary Anne Waltz, project manager and trainer, at or 518-432-6952 x106, or visit

October 15
Albany Public Library
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
November 7
NYLA Annual Conference
Saratoga Hilton
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
November 14
Westchester Library System
540 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
December 5
NYLA Office Training Center
6021 State Farm Road
Guilderland, NY 12084