Press Releases



The New York Library Association Reaffirms the Right to Read in Response to the Hilton Schools Hate Crime - March 2023

The New York Library Association Commemorates The Life Of Janet Welch, Former NYLA President And First Woman Appointed As New York State Librarian - January 2023



NYLA Seeks a New Director of Government Relations & Advocacy - November 2022

NYLA Reaffirms Commitment to Intellectual Freedom in Response to Pride Display Removal at Smithtown Public Library - June 2022

NYLA Statement of Solidarity with Ukraine - March 2022

NYLA Welcomes AnnaLee Dragon As Executive Director - February 2022

NYLA President Advocates for Test Distribution for Librarians - January 2022



NYLA Advocates for Inclusion in the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund - December 2021

NYLA Position Statement on the Defense of Intellectual Freedom - November 2021

NYLA - Member of Newly Formed Media Literacy Coalition - October 2021

A Message to Membership From The NYLA President, Beth Merkle - August 2021

NYLA Announces Incoming Council Members - July 2021

NYLA Executive Director Ogdensburg Op-Ed - May 2021

New York's Libraries Are Ready to Assist - PSA Letter - May 2021

NYLA Build America's Libraries Support Letter (Schumer) - April 2021

NYLA Budget Request Reminder (Mothership) - March 2021

NYLA Requests 1b Status for Library Workers - February 2021

NYLA Testifies at Joint Hearing On Elementary Education (Full Video and Testimony) - January 2021

NYLA Requests Library Workers be Treated as Essential Retail Workers for Vaccination - January 2021



The New York Library Association In Partnership With The Reimagine New York Commission Releases Notable Findings In Telehealth and Libraries Survey - December 2020

New York Library Association Welcomes New Council President And Council Members - December 2020

School Library Systems Association Partners With New York State Library On Remote And Hybrid Instruction Presentation For NYSED Regents And Regents Advisory Council - November 2020

The New York Library Association Announces 2020 NYLA Award Recipients - November 2020

The New York Library Association Releases Major Takebacks From COVID-19 Library Recovery Expenses Survey - November 2020

NYLA Statement Affirming the Need for School Librarian Despite Difficult Budgets - September 2020

NYLA Announces Incoming Council Members - July 2020

NYLA Statement Of Support with the Massena Public Library - June 2020

NYLA & NYBLC State Unequivocally #BlackLivesMatter - June 2020

NYLA Calls on Federal Representatives to Distribute Federal Aid to Libraries - May 2020

NYLA Calls on Governor Cuomo to Distribute CARE Funding to Libraries - April 2020

NYLA Welcomes Christina Romeo as Communications & Marketing Manager - April 2020

NYLA 2020 - 2021 NYS Budget Statement: Reductions in Library Aid Held to 3% in Difficult NYS Budget - April 2020

NYLA Applauds ECA's Call for Changes to Remaining 2020 Elections - March 2020

NYLA Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic - March 2020

Statement from New York Library Association on Deadly Stabbing at Finkelstein Memorial Library - March 2020

NY Libraries Press State Legislature to Back eBook Access Bills: Advocates Send 10,000+ Letter to State Legislators - March 2020

NYLA Testifies at Joint Hearing on Elementary and Secondary Education Funding - February 2020



First "Sustainable Libraries" Certified - December 2019

New York Library Association Welcomes Briana McNamee as Director of Government Relations & Advocacy - December 2019

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Authorizing State Funding for up To 90 Percent of Total Project Costs For Public Libraries in Economically Distressed Communities - October 2019

NYLA Pilots ALA Congressional Key Contact Program - October 2019

Cuomo’s Complete Count Commission Misses The Mark, Calls On  Governor To Fund Complete Count Effort - October 2019

Announcing the 2019 New York Library Association Award Winners - September 2019

NYLA Seeks Director of Government Relations & Advocacy - September 2019

NYLA Treasurer-Elect Named Executive Director of Ramapo Catskill Library System - September 2019

New York Library Association President Named Clarkson University Dean of Libraries - September 2019

NYLA Calls on Macmillan to Reverse Library eBook Embargo - September 2019

New York Library Association Welcomes Incoming Council Members - July 2019

The Library Advocacy Agenda has been Released by the New York Library Association - January 2019



New York Unprepared for 2020 Census: Calls on Governor Cuomo to Fund Complete Count Effort - December 2018

Proposed NYLA Bylaws Amendments 2018 - November 2018

61 NYS Libraries Receive $1.5M in Bullet Aid from NYS Assembly - June 2018

665 NYS Libraries Receive $4.3M in Bullet Aid from NYS Senate - June 2018

NYS Budget Includes $34m Investment For Local Public Library Capital & Construction Aid - April 2018

The New York Black Librarians Caucus Joins the New York Library Association - March 2018

New York Library Association Releases Siena Research Institute Findings - March 2018

NYS Legislature Proposes Historic $64m Investment For Local Public Library Capital & Construction Aid - March 2018



New York Public Libraries Urge Governor Cuomo To End Funding Cuts - December 2017

NYLA Announces 2017 Award Winners - October 2017

NYLA Council Approves Sustainable Library Certification Program; Historic Decision Launches First Benchmarking Initiative of Its Kind - September 2017

NYLA Announces 2017 Dewey Fellows - September 2017

Magnificent Seven - NY Libraries Embrace Sustainability - August 2017

School Librarians - Future Ready in NY - August 2017

29 Libraries Receive $431,000 in Bullet Aid from NYS Assembly - June 2017

583 NYS Libraries Receive $3.7M in Bullet Aid from NYS Senate - June 2017

Helping All Trustees Succeed Curriculum Endorsed by Statewide Organizations - May 2017

NYLA-SI Launches Road Map to Sustainability Android App

NYLA Releases March 2017 Siena Poll Findings - March 2017

NYLA Endorses ALA Statement on Core Values

New Collaboration Offers Leadership Opportunity for Public Libraries in New York State - February 2017



Information on Legislation to Require a Certified Elementary School Librarian

NYLA Supports the ALA Statement on Libraries, Diversity and Inclusion - November 2016

541 NYS Libraries Receive Bullet Aid in the FY 2016-17 NYS Budget

NYLA Awards Library Leaders and Advocates at 2016 Annual Conference - September 2016

The NYLA 2016 Council Election Results - July 2016

Help NYLA Advocate for the NY Library Community for Another 125 Years!- June 2016

NYLA Council Statement on the MSRT Petition to Form a Section - May 2016

NYLA Continuing Education Committee Conducting Professional Development Survey- April 2016

Summer Meals at Your Library!- February 2016

NYLA Testifies at Joint Hearing on Elementary and Secondary Education Funding- January 27, 2016

Economic Impact of Public Libraries in New York State - Request for Proposals- January 2016

Updated Information on the Help American Vote Act (HAVA) for 2016

Information for Libraries on New York State of Health Marketplace



Library Systems Directors Call on Cuomo to Increase Construction Aid to NY Libraries- December 2015

Hearing of the NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries & Education Technology- November 6, 2015

NYLA Sustainability Initiative Releases Initial White Paper- October 2015

2015 NYLA Annual Membership Meeting - October 2015

NYLA Membership Approves By-Laws Revisions - October 22, 2015

Special Legislative Library Districts and Governor Cuomo's Veto- August 2015

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Jeremy and Jack's Excellent Library Adventure - July 2015

R. David Lankes to Deliver Keynote Address at NYLA Annual Conference

NYS Library Aid Increased $5M in FY2015-16 NYS Budget - April 2015

NYLA Testifies at Joint Budget Hearing on Education - February 2015

Siena Poll: Library Usage Up - Broad Support for Increased Library Funding - January 20, 2015

2015 NYLA Legislative Priorities

New Roundtable Formed for Library Assistants

NYLA Council Passes Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries

Restructure of Organizational Dues



NYLA to Bestow Awards at 2014 Annual Conference - October 2014

2014 Legislative Session Wrap-up - August 2014

Results of the 2014 NYLA Council Election - July 2014

NYLA Endorses 2014 School Library Summit Recommendations- July 2014

NYLA's Reaction to the New York State FY2014-15 Budget - April 2014

US House Budget Proposal Dismisses Role of IMLS - February 2014

NYLA Releases 2014 Legislative Priorities and Talking Points - January 2014

NYLA Testifies at the Joint Budget Hearing on Elementary and Secondary Education - January 28, 2014



NYLA Council Passes Resolution in Support of ALA Declaration for the Right to Libraries - August 8, 2013

NYLA Council Passes Resolution Condemning the Surveillance Activities of the National Security Administration - November 2013

Information to Aid Patrons in Registering for the STAR Tax Exemption

NYLA Council Passes Resolution on Library Service to the Community in a Natural Disaster

NYLA Council Passes Information Fluency Continuum Resolution

NYLA Council Passes e-Book Proclamation

NYLA Testifies at Joint Budget Hearing on Elementary and Secondary Education - January 29, 2013

Video of the Testimony on YouTube



Proposed NYLA Bylaw Revisions to Be Presented at Annual Membership Meeting

NYLA Announces Approval of School Librarian Evaluation Rubric by State Education Department

2012 Voter's Guide for Library Advocates Released

Senate Select Committee on Libraries - Roundtable - March 5, 2012

NYLA Testifies at Joint Legislative Budget Hearing - January 23, 2012

Senate Establishes Select Committee on Libraries



Court Rules Public Libraries are Educational Institutions for Zoning Purposes (PDF)

Tax Cap Information for Libraries: Tax Cap Guidance from SED

NYLA Testifies at 11/29 Assembly Library Committee Hearing

2011 Voter’s Guide for Library Advocates Released

2011 New York State Writers Hall of Fame Inductees Announced



2010 Voters Guide Released by New Yorkers for Better Libraries

Snapshot NY - April 1, 2010

Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on 2010-2011 Executive Budget - February 4, 2010

Library Funding Cut for Fifth Time: Libraries Need Legislative Champions - January 19, 2010

Testimony on Deaccessioning Legislation - January 14, 2010

NYLA Executive Director Interviewed on Impact of Library Cuts



11-05-09 NYLA Testifies at Senate Budget Hearing on Mid-Year Cuts to Library Aid

Legislature Passes DRP that Increases Cuts to Libraries Beyond Governor’s Proposal

7/28/09 - NYLA Testifies at Library Procurement Hearing

7/24/09 - Status of Deaccessioning Regulations/Legislation

3/9/09 - VIDEO: Amy Paulin's Legislative Update with guest Michael Borges

3/10/09 - NYLA's Library Lobby Day 2009

3/10/09 - Library Advocates Rally to Restore Funding

NYLA Executive Director Interviewed on Senator Liz Krueger's Cable Show

2/11/09 - Libraries Protest the Ultimate Unfunded Mandate: Tax Collection Services

2/09 - News Stories on Proposed Library Cuts and Assisting the Unemployed

Judith Dzikowski receives School Library Systems Association's Distinguished Service Award

NYLA Affiliates with NYSUT to Enhance Advocacy Efforts

The U.S. Dept of Education Guidance Title I Funds Provided under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

NYLA SnapShotNY and Libraries: Essential Advocacy Campaign

Library Advocates Come to Albany to Rally Against 5th Round of State Cuts

NYLA Joins Open Book Alliance

NYLA IFC Releases Updated Intellectual Freedom Manual