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April 2013: Tech Savvy New Yorkers

This issues marks the one year anniversary of our transition to an electronic format for the NYLA Bulletin.  We hope that you’ve enjoyed the change and continue to find the e-Bulletin to be informative.  Within this issue we will explore current technology trends and issues, and the latest advances in the library community.

Take Me to Your Leader Tour

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

This year, Advocacy Day was a great success! We had a wonderful turnout – from the brightly lighted students (thanks Sue) to Art Friedman with his message sandwich board. I extend a HUGE thank you to all who could attend and coordinated this effort – you make advocacy work!  The restoration of $4 million in Library Aid to the final FY 2013-14 NYS Budget indicates that library advocates were heard.

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Pine Grove Middle School iStaff!

By Sue Kowalski, School Librarian, Pine Grove Middle School

On a recent application, one student claimed, "I feel like the library is my HOME!!!!!!!!" and that is very telling about the atmosphere we want for our students. We are constantly searching for ways for students to be engaged participants in our library culture. Another student applicant shared about her work qualities, "I am proactive, nice and never give up." This attitude exemplifies the type of work ethic we want connected to all aspects of our library team.

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If Not for the Library

By: Sue Considine, Executive Director, Fayetteville Free Library

The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) has helped to pave the way for Libraries and Librarians around the country to think differently about Libraries and Librarianship by asserting that the Public Library is uniquely and naturally positioned to be the place in every community to offer access to new, emerging and transformative technologies.  The basic principle is that if we extend our mission of access beyond collections and programming to include access to technologies that provide community members with the opportunity to collaborate make and create, we will engage the community in ways that will allow them to transform and make their own lives better.

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Disaster Relief Update


NYLA established the Disaster Relief fund to provide financial support to New York libraries desotryed by natural or  manmade disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, or fire.  After Superstorm Sandy last fall, the library community's outpouring of support for the effected libraries was unprecedented.  NYLA's Disaster Relief Fund raised $14,000 to be distributed amongst the effected libraries.

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On Wednesday, May 29, 2013 NYLA will present a full day professional development conference at the Javits Center in Manhattan in partnership with BookExpo.  The full program offers up to five contact hours of professional development.  Futurist Garry Golden will be our keynote speaker and the theme for the event will be the future of libraries.  Two breakout sessions will be available during the afternoon, with multiple offers during each session.

Breakout Sessions include:
•    Discovery and Curation in the eBook Era
•    Leadership on the Digital Frontier
•    Grassroots Library Advocacy 101
•    If Not for the Library – Makerspaces in Libraries: Creating Access to Transformative Technologies and Opportunities
•    Make Something New. Now.
•    Learning Disabilities in the Library

Registration is just $95 (by 4/15) For complete details, visit the NYLA@BEA page 

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

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

New York, NY
May 29, 2013
Javits Center (@BEA)

Nassau County, NY
June 20, 2013
Nassau Library System

Guilderland, NY
August 12, 2013
NYLA Office

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