Join us this May in Albany for a full day of educational programs, a celebratory reception, and opportunities to meet with your elected representatives at the Capitol. 
On Tuesday, May 17, we'll offer a full day of continuing education sessions and meetings. On Wednesday, May 18, members are encouraged to schedule their own meetings with their legislators in Albany.






NYLA has secured a room block at the Hilton Albany from Monday, May 16th to Wednesday, May 18th. Nightly rates for single/double occupancy are $219/night. Check-in begins at 4:00pm. Check-out time is 11:00am. 

To reserve a room, contact the hotel at 518-462-6611 no later than April 22, 2022.


Schedule for Tuesday, May 17

Time Room Program Title Speaker(s)
9:00-10:15am Governor E Operating in Our New Reality: Post Pandemic OML Stephanie "Cole" Adams, Attorney


Empire AB

Break(fast) Room: Charge, Chat & Chill  
9:00-10:30am Governor D Censorship: Schools & Public Libraries

Sara Dallas, Director at the Southern Adirondack Library System

Ginger Tebo, Director of School Library System & Learning Resource Center, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

Moderated by Christina Romeo, Director of Communications & Member Engagement at NYLA

10:00-11:00am State AB NYLA Legislative Committee Meeting Members of the Legislative Committee
10:30-11:45am Governor E How to Take Advantage of Digital Inclusion Funds

Casey Conlin, Sustainability Coordinator at the Mid-Hudson Library System

Carolyn Bennett Glauda, Education and Outreach Librarian at SNYLRC

Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist at the Division of Library Development

10:45-11:45am Governor D Preliminary Findings from the Urban Library Trauma Study

Lauren Comito, Board Chair of Urban Librarians Unite

Christian Zabriskie, Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite

11:00-12:30pm Empire AB Partnering Outside Your Silo

Briana McNamee, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy at NYLA

Brian Fessler, Director of Government Relations at NYSSBA

Kyle Belokopitsky, Executive Director at NYS PTA

Patrick Cummings, Counsel at NYSAC

Moderated by AnnaLee Dragon, Executive Director at NYLA

11:15-12:45pm State AB

 Strategies for Sustainable Funding & Governance:

An Introduction to the New Public Library District Toolkit

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Library System

Brian Hildreth, Executive Director at the Southern Tier Library System

12:00-12:30pm Governor D Elevating Our Message Through Political Contributions

Cassie Guthrie, NY4BL Treasuer & Steering Committee Member

John Hammond, NY4BL Chair & Steering Committee Member

12:00-1:30pm Governor C Lunch  
12:45-1:30pm Governor E Advocacy Debrief & Looking Ahead Briana McNamee, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy at NYLA
12:45-2:00pm State AB DEI Initiatives in Your Library

Marie Pierre, Advocacy Co-Chair for Coalition for Library Workers of Color

Morgan Strand, Advocacy Co-Chair for Library Workers of Color

12:45-1:30pm Empire AB Crafting an Op Ed for Advocacy Shawnda Hines, Assistant Director of Communications at ALA
1:45-2:45pm Empire AB RACC & DLD Vision Planning Lauren Moore, State Librarian
1:45-3:00pm Governor E Ask the Lawyer Stephanie "Cole" Adams, Attorney
2:00-3:15pm Governor D Elected Panel: Year in the Rearview

Senate & Assembly Library Chairs Ryan & Jean-Pierre

Senate & Assembly Rankers Jordan & Jensen

Moderated by Briana McNamee, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy at NYLA

2:15-4:15pm State AB NYLA Council Meeting

Members of NYLA Council

Gallery Available

3:00-4:00pm Empire AB ALA: Federal Advocacy with Local Twist Megan Cusick, Deputy Director of State Advocacy at ALA
3:15-4:00pm Governor E Facilitating Meetings: From Board to Staff and Everything in Between Ron Kirsop, Executive Director at the Pioneer Library System
5:00-7:00pm East Gallery Awards Reception

AnnaLee Dragon, Executive Director will present awards to:

Senator Sean Ryan, Legislative Leader 2022

Brendan Cunningham, Legislative Leader (Staff) 2022

David Lombardo, Lighting Up Libraries 2022