Pre-Advocacy Day Activities 2020

NYLA is pleased to announce the following special events taking place

Monday, February 24, 2020

Albany Hilton, Lodge Street, Albany, NY

There is a full day of meetings, programs and events available on Tuesday.
The following NYLA Affiliate Organizations are holding invitation-only meetings:

  1. ESLN
  3. SLSA
  4. NYALS

Library Advocates Luncheon

Share lunch with your fellow advocates.
This plated luncheon will take place at the Hilton Albany from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.
Preregistration is required. Space is limited.
Tickets to the luncheon are $15 per person.
You will receive a registration confirmation via e-mail.  Registration deadline: Monday, February 17


* Note: Credit card is required for registration.  Checks and purchase orders not accepted.

Digital Census Preparation Training

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (1.5 CE Contact Hours)

This session's purpose is to assist libraries who are working with their communities to promote a complete count during Census 2020. If you or your organization is considering providing internet access or digital tools and services, we will help you create safe digital and non-digital pathways to participation for your patrons or community. This is a condensed version of the full-length training sessions that were offered around the state in late 2019 and early 2020.
We will cover public-facing FAQ's, Do's & Dont's for library staff, creating secure participation kiosks, and privacy basics on a budget.

The work libraries are doing in service of a 2020 Census Complete Count is a demonstrable example of how we support sustainable communities. We will share data with you to show how libraries are investing in this effort, and how much more they can do when they are fully funded. You will be able to share this information at legislative meetings.


Carolyn Bennett Glauda is the Education and Outreach Librarian at Southeastern NY Library Resources Council in Highland, NY. She is a member of the New York Librarians Complete Count Committee, and co-author of the committee's Census 2020 LibGuide. She is a recent graduate of the Library Freedom Institute's second cohort, and received her MSIS from University at Albany in 2015.

Caitlin Kenney is the Engagement and Education Services Coordinator at the Western New York Library Resources Council in Buffalo, NY. She is a member of the New York Librarians Complete Count Committee, and has been working on Census 2020 and library advocacy efforts in Western New York. She received her MLIS from University at Buffalo in 2012.


Take It or Leave It: What You Need to Know about Employee Leaves and Absences

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (1.5 CE Contact Hour)

Everything you need to know about the Family and Medical Leave Act, NY’s Paid Family Leave Act, and the other leave-related legal obligations affecting your library and its employees.  Ensure that your policies, procedures, and practices are in compliance, before you face an issue.


Ellen Bach, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP
Robert Schofield, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

There is no fee to participate in this program. Pre-registration is required.


2020 New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC Gala

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Albany Hilton, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY

CLICK HERE for complete details.

Where to Stay

NYLA has secured a block of hotel rooms at the Hilton Albany (formerly the Crowne Plaza) in downtown Albany.
Use this online portal to book your room and receive the discounted group rate of $209 per night.

NYLA Library Advocacy Day Room Block @ Hilton Albany

Book your room by January 29, 2020!