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February 2013: Advocacy Matters

NYLA works throughout the year advocating for libraries, and our byline is "The Voice of the Library Community," but we can't do it without you.  In this issue we'll explore ways your libraries can make its voice be heard in the community and in Albany.  For a complete list of NYLA's 2013 Legislative Priorities, click here.

Remember to join us for Library Advocacy day in Albany on Tuesday March 5!  Click here for details.

A Message from the President...

February 2013 e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Carol Anne Germain

What’s Your Library Story?

Last week, New Yorkers sadly lost one of its larger than life icons: Ed Koch. The mayor is most notably remembered for asking those around him “How am I doing?” By continuously querying his constituents, reporters, and others about his performance, he had a better pulse of what was transpiring in his city. Sometimes he used the information to improve situations, sometimes not. More importantly, he let those individuals know he cared about the job he was doing for them.

It may be time for New York libraries to be a little more outspoken in asking how we are doing. As New York library professionals a better question for us to ask may be “What’s your library story?”  Responses to this question will give us a better idea on how we are doing and inform how we can improve (or not) our services.

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Urban Librarians Unite: Advocacy Strategies that Work

By Lauren Comito, Director of Communications and Operations, Urban Librarians Unite

Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) is a not for profit in NYC dedicated to advocacy for and the enrichment of urban libraries and librarianship. Most specifically we work in NYC to advocate for sufficient or increased funding for library services in all three library systems. ULU is unique in that we exist outside of the three library systems. This means can say and do things that's larger more politically dependent library can't, and we frequently do.

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Social Media and the Friends of Wood Library

Submitted by Judy Baker for the Friends of Wood Library, Canandaigua, New York. Jane Baker and Ellen Hemming, Co-Presidents

The Friends of Wood Library in Canandaigua, New York received their charter nearly five decades ago, long before the age of personal computers, the Internet, and social networking.  Beginning in 2010, a series of events converged which motivated the Friends to use social media to increase their visibility.  First, Wood Library moved operations to a temporary location as its historic facility was prepared for an extensive renovation.  The library reopened on May 1, 2011, with a large public celebration.

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Advocacy from the Inside Out – 5 Tips to Motivate & Mobilize

By Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System

As libraries of all types around New York gear up for the State advocacy season in Albany now is the perfect time to help internal stakeholders and super supporters feel more comfortable and confident as library advocates.

Over the past few years we have conducted what we refer to as the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment at the Mid-Hudson Library System. Early in the “experiment” we were able to make a direct correlation between an increase in database usage and frontline staff comfort levels with specific products. When the staff felt more comfortable and confident with a database they were more likely to talk it up and spread the word to patrons.

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Library Advocacy. Everyone thinks they do it. But, really what is it?

By Libby Post, President of Communications Services

Advocacy is the art of persuading others to take up your cause. It is the art of getting others to carry your message for you. It is the art of building your base, getting emotional buy in from your supporters and turning them into advocates when you need them.

Advocacy is not just a one person operation. It is, like your library’s brand, something that should be part and parcel to everything you and your staff does. Every speaking engagement by the Library Director should be seen as part of advocacy, part of building your base of support. Be prepared—have a sign-up sheet for folks who want to be more engaged. Then, communicate with them.

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NYLA 2013 Library Advocacy Day

Library Advocacy Day will take place in Albany on Tuesday March 5, 2013.  For complete details, including information regarding busses to Albany from your area, please visit our Advocacy Day page here.

On Monday, March 4, 2013 there are several activities scheduled, including Continuing Education workshops and the Annual NYers for Better Libraries PAC Gala.  Complete details can be found here.

If you are unable to attend Library Advocacy Day in Albany, NYLA provides you with a quick and easy means of showing your support.  Follow the link below, click on ‘Take Action,’ edit the supplied advocacy message as you like, enter your name and address, and hit ‘send message’.
Your message will automatically be delivered to your NYS Senator and Assemblymember.  Click here: NYLA’s Legislative Action Center

Digital Literacy Workshops

More 2013 dates have been added 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

Canton, NY
April 16, 2013
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

Syracuse, NY
May 2, 2013
Central New York LIbrary Resources Council

Plattsburgh, NY
May 16, 2013
Plattsburgh Public Library

Ithaca, NY
May 23, 2013
Tompkins County Public Library

Nassau County, NY
June 20, 2013
Nassau Library System

Niagara Falls, NY
September 25, 2013
Niagara Falls Conference Center