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Have you been taking advantage of our Vendor Partner benefits?

Did you know that Better World books gives you a chance to get rid of unwanted books while earning extra income for both NYLA and your library?

Better World Books offers a no cost program to help you manage your discarded and donated books and helps you make the most of your books by selling them on 21 online-marketplaces. Discover why over 2,000 libraries across the United States have partnered with Better World Books since the program’s inception in August of 2004. To learn more, send an e-mail with your contact information to:

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!

December 2012: Facility Planning

This year we've taken a look many of the aspects that help your library to thrive.  We've dove into social media involvement and fundraising ideas to utilizing the technology current in today's world.  But we can't have the inner workings of a library without the physical building.  For this issue we will explore everything from renovations, new buildings, landscaping and even that pesky problem of bed bugs that has been creeping up in some libraries (it can happen to you).

As the year comes to a close, the entire staff here at NYLA would like to wish each of you a happy Holiday Season.  We look forward to the year to come.  Check back in February as we dive deeper into the issues surrounding Advocacy.

A Message from the President...

December 2012 e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Carol Anne Germain

I begin by saying how happy I am to take on the challenge of serving as the next president of NYLA. I appreciate all the well wishes from my library colleagues and will strive to serve you well. In approaching this commitment, many individuals asked me a common question: “What will you do?” My initial desire and response was that I wanted to get the word out on the value of New York libraries (all New York Libraries) and NYLA. Though I still plan on following through on these plans, (via visits to New York libraries, systems, library schools, and legislative offices) a more pertinent issue arose in the weeks prior to my taking office: the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and Storm Athena. 

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Facility Planning: A Dream Becoming a Reality

By Karen Watson & Robert Hubsher

"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way." - Ruskin, 1856.

Start with a Vision, end with a Building.  In-between the idea and the finished project lay the difficult and necessary processes that lead to a library that is a vibrant locus of community activity; one that meets your community's needs and that you are proud to call 'your library'.

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Historic Dome Does Not Deter Library Addition and Restoration

By Catherine Creedon, Director, John Jermain Memorial Library

The humanitarian and philanthropist Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage gave the people of Sag Harbor the John Jermain Memorial Library in 1910.  Named for her grandfather, the neo-classical building, with its striking copper dome and graceful proportions, stands at the southern end of Main Street and functions as both symbol and welcome to all who enter the community.

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New Community College Library Merges Great Architecture and 21st Century Learning

By Teresa McManus, Chief Librarian and Professor, Bronx Community College

Everyone I see entering the new Bronx Community College Library (BCC Library) lifts their eyes and raises their head to look up at the high ceiling and tall windows and expansive views as they stand at the entrance to the Dr. Carolyn G. Williams Reading Room.  From the entrance they can see across the entire North Hall and Library building to the north and south, the complete collection of books located on the 3rd floor, and on a clear day the view includes the green quad of trees and grass that forms the center of BCC’s urban campus.  I never tire of watching people as they see it for the first time, it is amazing to see so many people react the same way, they stand a little straighter, breathe a little deeper and one can see them visibly responding to the stunning beauty and spaciousness of the new BCC Library.

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Conference Photos Are Up!

More photos can be viewed courtesy of Sara Kelly Johns by clicking here.

Thank you to all who attended and helped to make NYLA 2012 a success!  We'll see you September 26-28 in Niagara Falls!

NYLA Disaster Relief Fund

Many of New York's own libraries were among those destroyed or damaged duing Supertorm Sandy.  NYLA is currently soliciting donations to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of the effected libraries.  For more information on these libraries or to donate, please visit click here.


Digital Literacy Workshops

2013 dates have started to be scheduled for digital literacy training   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

Green, NY
March 11, 2013
Moore Memorial Library

Painted Post, NY
March 27, 2013
Southern Tier Library System

Tarrytown, NY
April 9, 2013
Westchester Library System

Ithaca, NY
May 23, 2013
Location to be announced