NYLA has the links for you to contact your Legislator – check this out and act on it.

NYLA’s Legislative Agenda

NYLA’s Legislative Committee has worked to carefully craft a Legislative Agenda. The complete list of items is available for your review online – NYLA’s 2013 Legislative Agenda

In support of the items included on the Legislative Agenda is this set of Talking Points, which provide background information and impact statements on each item. This document provides you with the details you need to discuss the Legislative Agenda with your elected representatives. – NYLA’s 2013 Talking Points


The time for library advocates to reach out to their elected representative and voice their support for Library Aid funding is NOW.

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.

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NYLA’s Legislative Action Center

NYLA’s 2013 Library Advocacy Day – Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Join library advocates from across New York State for our annual gathering to show your support for libraries.

Our day begins with Legislative Briefings in Meeting Room Six of the Empire State Convention Center.

We are excited to report that we will be hosting a Mid-Day Rally in “The Well” of the Legislative Office Building, with many special speakers, including Senator Hugh Farley, Assemblymember Micha Kellner, and Assemblymember Kathy Nolan. Also speaking will be Forbes author David Vinjamuri – check out his recent article on “Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More

Also see below regarding legislators who are important in our library funding and legislative action causes. The material below is contributed by:

New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI)

“The voice of New York’s public and private academic and research libraries”

Executive Director: Jason Kramer

NYSHEI News & Updates:

January 24, 2013

Cuomo Budget Proposal

We succeeded in our first test of 2013! Working with allied groups we staved off cuts to library aid in the executive budget proposal. Under the plan released on Tuesday, the Governor calls for library aid to match 2012 levels (including the legislative additions). This is great news and gives us a base to work up from as we work with the Legislature to add support for coordinated collection development, MISP, and NYPL aid to support CUNY students.

Members to Know

Here are four legislators you should know.

Assemblyman Joe Morelle – This Rochester Democrat was just promoted to the position of Assembly Majority Leader, making him the #2 man in the Assembly. He is a big advocate of academic libraries and should prove to be a valuable ally.

Senator Hugh Farley – A longtime booster of libraries, Farley returns to the Senate and maintains the Chair of the special committee on libraries.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner – A Manhattan Democrat with a keen interest in e-textbooks, Kellner has been appointed to head the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Educational Technology.

Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages – Beginning her first term, this Long Island Democrat was an academic librarian at Hofstra University before diving into to politics.

Jason Kramer, Executive Director