Urgent: NYS Library Aid FY 2017-2018 – Needs Your Support!

NYS Library Aid FY 2017-2018 – Needs Your Support!

As the final budget is being crafted the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly one house budget proposals remain on the chopping block!

TAKE ACTION NOW! Use NYLA’s pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the FY 2017-2018 Budget.

Even if you have already written to your representative, please follow this link to send this NEW message to your legislators that library funding is NOT NEGOTIABLE!


  • State Library Aid: +$8M over Governor’s Executive Budget ($99.6M total)
  • State Library Construction Aid: +$15M ($29M total)


  • State Library Aid: +$4M ($95.6M total)
  • State Library Construction Aid: +$11M ($25M total)

These adds are a testament to the hard work and commitment of New York’s library advocates. Thanks to your efforts, we currently have support in each house heading into final negotiations with the Governor. But, remember these numbers are mere proposals, and nothing is assured. Unless we convince the legislature to dig in and defend library funding, we still face Governor Cuomo’s funding cuts!

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEND LIBRARY FUNDING – NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT! We are counting on you to ensure the legislature fights for libraries as negotiations take shape.

TAKE ACTION NOW! Use NYLA’s pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the FY 2017-2018 Budget.

Even if you have already written to your representative, please follow this link to send this NEW message to your legislators that library funding is NOT NEGOTIABLE!

After you submit your name and address you will have the opportunity to view and EDIT our pre-drafted letter.  Our system determines your elected representatives based on your address, and submits your message directly to their inbox. Copies are also sent to key members of the Legislature.

Click HERE to send your message of support for Library Funding NOW!

If you have already sent your letter – THANK YOU!
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Take Action for Libraries

New York’s Libraries Information Network <NYLINE@LISTSERV.NYSED.GOV>; on behalf of; Jeremy Johannesen director@NYLA.ORG[NYLINE] Federal Level Library Advocacy

Take your library advocacy to the next level this year – join us for National Library Legislative Day 2016!The event will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 2-3, 2016 at the Liaison Hotel. Over the course of two days, library advocates will have the opportunity to hear from trusted D.C. voices on the issues that matter most to libraries. On day two, armed with advocacy tips and timely issue briefs, advocates will take to the Hill with their state delegations to meet with their Members of Congress and rally support for libraries.This event is open to the public. If you are a librarian, a trustee, or simply a library fan, you are welcome to join us!Participants at National Library Legislative Day are also able to take advantage of a discounted room rate by booking at the Liaison (for the nights of May 1st and 2nd). To register for the event and find hotel registration information, please visit ala.org/nlld.Want to see a little more? Check out the video from last year!We also offer a scholarship opportunity to one first-time participant at National Library Legislative Day. Recipients of the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Award receive a stipend of $300 and two free nights at a D.C. hotel. For more information about the WHCLIST Award, visit our webpage.

Your firsthand library experience – from behind the reference desk or as a patron – is an invaluable part of helping legislators to understand the impact that libraries have in the day to day lives of their constituents. I hope you will consider joining us!

For more information or assistance of any kind, please contact Lisa Lindle, ALA Washington’s Grassroots Communications Specialist, at llindle@alawash.org or 202-628-8140. 

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Library Advocacy Day in Albany– March 2 Can trustees have an impact on state funding for library aid? You bet we can!

Can trustees have an impact on state funding for library aid? You bet we can!

When trustees, professionals and friends of libraries combine energies to bring a common message to state legislators, they listen! We provide the facts and rational for legislators to bring to Senate and Assembly budget deliberations.

The message? Libraries are education. State library aid in this year’s budget should increase in direct proportion to any increase in education funding.

Check if your library system provides transportation to Albany on Advocacy Day. We need to reach every senator and assembly person. That requires willing and forceful library advocates from every part of New York State.

If you have been to Advocacy Day before, you understand the impact of sheer numbers of constituents jamming conference rooms to share stories of library successes and challenges. If Advocacy Day is a new venture, make it your goal to be in the State House on March 2.

“Libraries Transform” Launching October 29 (See video)

New York’s Libraries Information Network <NYLINE@LISTSERV.NYSED.GOV>; on behalf of; DLD <DLD@NYSED.GOV>

[NYLINE] A Message from Sari Feldman, ALA President – “Libraries Transform” is Launching on October 29!


Dear Colleague:

On October 29th, 2015, ALA’s new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, will launch in Washington, D.C. and in communities and libraries around the country. Is your library on board?


The purpose of the new campaign is to increase public awareness of the ways that libraries of all types transform people’s lives and our communities; shift perception of the library from “obsolete” or “nice to have” to essential; and energize library professionals and external advocates to influence local, state and national decision-makers and increase support for libraries of all types.

Libraries Transform from Little Jacket on Vimeo.

This multi-year campaign will include national media outreach, public service announcements, a social media campaign and ongoing events such as National Library Week and Banned Books Week. It will also include attention-grabbing and curiosity-stimulating graphics and tools that you can use in your library and your community.

Won’t you join us, and be part of both the Libraries Transform campaign and this October launch?

Be sure to watch my video to learn more about Libraries Transform and visit www.librariestransform.org for more information on how to get started.


Sari Feldman
ALA President

Advocacy Day Wrap-Up

Assemblyman Steve Otis, third from left & members of the Westchester delegation

How does LTA measure the success of the 2015 Library Advocacy Day?

February 25 saw more than 775 library trustees, professionals, and student groups converge on the State Legislative Building – the largest attendance for an Advocacy Day. That translates to a record number of personal sessions with individual legislators.

Martha Anderson (LTA Director, RCLS), Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, Jean Currie (LTA Director, FLLS) and Sara Kelly Johns (Immediate Past President of NYLA)

Enthusiastic advocates filled the “Well” for a noon rally. Several legislators took time to announce their support for budget resolutions for increased library aid. Long standing library champion Hugh Farley, Senate Chair of Libraries and Education Technology, pledged Senate support for increased funding for libraries. Other speakers included Fred Thiele, outgoing Assembly Library Chair, and Long Island legislators, Michaela Solanges and Joseph Soladino.


Senator Hugh Farley addressing advocates in the Well

It was the library world’s first look at Tom Abananti, newly appointed Assembly Chair of Libraries and Education Technology. He spoke of libraries as a place to learn and a critical part of education that should be funded as a part of New York’s educational system. He referenced Governor Cuomo’s proposal that the surplus be designated for infrastructure and construction and added “libraries are a ‘road’ forward and a ‘bridge’ to the future.”

Thomas Abinanti, Assembly Chair Libraries & Education Technology

Advocates carried the library message to Albany. The Senate and Assembly have demonstrated support for library funding and construction aid through their one-house budget resolutions. The real test is whether the Senate and Assembly hold libraries as priority throughout the budget process.

LTA Annual Trustee Institute – May 1 and 2, 2015


Or to register by mail:

To book a hotel room: Click Here to Reserve a Hotel Room under LTA’s room block (at significantly discounted rates) Rooms must be booked by 4/10 to qualify for the discount.

Plan now to attend the 2015 Trustee Institute being held in Syracuse, New York this year. Our theme for 2015 is Crucial Connections.

The Institute schedule is outlined below. The Institute will be held at the DoubleTree Inn at exit 35 of the New York State Thruway.

Crucial Connections — 2015 LTA Institute at Syracuse

Click Here: Register today! May 1 & 2 at the DoubleTree Inn at Syracuse

Fantastic line-up of presentations and networking opportunities. Not to be missed!

Registration prices include all meals. Significant discounts for LTA members.


Technology and System Host Fair & Raffle (an interactive opportunity to engage with system directors and learn about new technology — bring your devices!)

Dinner: Closing Remarks by Bernie Margolis and Presentation of Outstanding Friend and Outstanding Trustee Awards


Connect with your Community with Libby Post Communication Services (Strategies and methods to connect with patrons, politicians and the public.)

Connect the Numbers with Gail Kinsella, CPA, GGMA Partner at Testone, Marshall and DiScenza (Focus on internal controls, types and purposes of audits.)

Connecting the Legal Lines with Robert T. Schofield, Partner and Ellen Bach Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP. (Legal “hot” topics, legal resources, questions and answers.)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. David Lankes, from Syracuse University. Expecting More from Libraries. Get a better feel for the big picture as our libraries play a vital role in community engagement.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Book rooms by April 10: Click Here to Reserve a Hotel Room under LTA’s room block (at significantly discounted rates)

For more information, please visit www.librarytrustees.org or contact Tim Gavin, Executive Director at: tgavin@librarytrustees.org

Friday afternoon includes registration and a workshop, followed by a cocktail networking hour that will include displays and vendor tables. Dinner will follow. Saturday will be a busy day starting with continental breakfast and opening remarks. LTA members have asked to be able to fit more workshops into their plans. To meet that request, we’ll offer three different workshops during the morning. Sessions will repeat so you can learn about more than one topic. The format will vary to include panel discussions as well as formal presentations. Saturday will also include a large group session with keynote speaker.

Regional awards for Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend will be presented at Friday evening’s dinner and our Velma K. Moore aware will be presented at Saturday’s luncheon. Vendors and displays will be available on Saturday. A technology lab will be available on both days so bring your device or get your questions answered using the technology available at the lab.
Tentative workshop topics will include:

  • Understanding the Audit Process: How to Prepare for and Complete a State Audit
  • How Best to Connect with Elected Officials
  • How to Connect with Our Community
  • Legal Issues: What Do Trustees Need To Know
  • Keynote Speaker: Expecting More From Libraries

Start and end times for both days will be: 4 pm to 9 pm on Friday, 5-1-15 and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, 5-2-15. A mailing with the finalized itinerary will be out soon. Updates will also be available on our website and through our monthly e-mail blast. Until then, please mark May 1 and 2, 2015 on your calendar and plan on attending the 2015 LTA Trustee Institute: Crucial Connections. You won’t want to miss this event.


Calling all Trustees

Library Trustees are some of the most effective and valuable Library Champions. We know the challenges library face and the continuum of programs and services offered to our communities.  We are informed and passionate because of our involvement in library oversight and strategic planning. We are also constituents who vote!

NYLA’s Advocacy Day is Wednesday, February 25, 2015. January is the time to plan a trip to Albany to present the library message to New York Legislators.  Last year professionals, trustees and students were able to meet with 45% of New York Senators and Assemblymen. Numbers count! Our collective voice is only as loud as the number of advocates who make a commitment to participate in Advocacy Day. . Check if your library system sponsors buses to Albany for Advocacy Day and make sure to circle February 25th on your calendar.

Library Lends Garden Plots

It’s time to think Spring! Because we need to hear about creative and interesting things that libraries do and we really need Spring, see how the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) takes on this issue. NOPL lends out plots of land on which patrons can learn organic growing practices.

To read more about this innovative service, click below:
NOPL Lends Out Plots of Land

(From NY Times By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE MARCH 7, 2014)

National Library Legislative Day

The following was composed by Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of Ramapo-Catskill Library System, and was distributed via NYLINE on: April 14, 2014:

Just 22 days left until National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) on Tuesday, May 6 in Washington DC. There is still time to register and join us as part of the New York delegation.

There will is a Briefing for all delegates scheduled for Monday, May 5 and for first time NLLD advocates there is an advocacy training session on Sunday, May 4 (3:00pm to 5:00pm).

Here is a link to the NLLD web page:


Here is the link to the NLLD registration web page:


I am scheduling appointments with our Senators for the delegation. I am also scheduling appointments with the following Representatives, who cover the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) service area, if any of these people cover any portion of your service area let me know and I will include your group in our meetings: Nita M. Lowey (District 17); Sean Patrick Maloney (District 18) and Christopher P. Gibson (District 19).

Each region will be responsible for scheduling appointments with their Representatives. You should make an effort to coordinate these appointments with other library systems, if the legislators’ constituencies overlap your service areas. This will assure that only one meeting is scheduled with these legislators. In order to help you coordinate your appointments I am scheduling the meetings with our Senators for the morning so that all the meetings with our Representatives can be scheduled for the afternoon.
The ALA Washington Office is finalizing the legislative agenda for NLLD and the documentation will be posted on the NLLD web page as soon as it is ready. Here are links to the ALA 2013 Legislative Scorecards for the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively:



Here is a list of the issues that the Washington Office is working on:


LSTA: The ALA asks the U.S. President and the U.S. Congress for funding of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to be level funded at $180.9 million for FY 2015.

LSTA is the primary source of annual funding for libraries in the federal budget. The bulk of this program is a population-based grant funded to each state through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Each state determines how they will allocate their LSTA funds, often relying upon this money to provide job searching databases, resume workshops, summer reading projects, and so much more. In addition, LSTA also supports:

· Native American and Native Hawaiian Library Services to support improved access to library services for Native Americans, Alaska Native Villages, and Native Hawaiians;
· National Leadership Grants to support activities of national significance that enhances the quality of library services nationwide and provide coordination between libraries and museums; and,
· Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians which is used to help develop and promote the next generation of librarians

IAL: The ALA asks the U.S. President and the U.S. Congress for level funding of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program at $25 million for FY 2015.

From 2002 to 2010, the Improving Literacy through School Libraries program had been the primary source for federal funding of school libraries in the U.S. Department of Education. However, in recent years the President and U.S. Congress have consolidated or zero-funded this program. A special thanks to Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) who recognized that school libraries need a direct funding source in the federal budget – and in FY 2012, through report language in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, had the money redirected within the U.S. Department of Education for the IAL program.

By law, at least half of IAL’s yearly appropriated money must be allocated as a competitive grant for underserved school libraries. The remaining money is allocated to competitive grants for national nonprofit organizations that work to improve childhood literacy.

Open Access
At the beginning of March the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act (FIRST) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and co-sponsored by Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Chris Collins (R-NY). On March 24, ALA joined 15 other organizations in a letter (pdf) to Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology expressing opposition to Section 303 of the FIRST Act. Section 303 of FIRST creates unnecessary challenges to federal agencies as they endeavor to follow the White House Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research and delays the advancements made in the FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act to expand the National Institutes of Health’s access program to include the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services.

At NLLD, we’ll be asking for co-sponsorship of the USA Freedom ACT (H.R. 3361/S.1599). We’ll also be asking that the bill be moved for a vote in this Congress.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) have introduced the USA FREEDOM Act. This bicameral piece of legislation is intended to end bulk collection of telephone metadata, prevent bulk collection of Internet metadata, and permit companies to report publicly on the number of FISA orders and National Security Letters they have received and complied with, and the number of users (or accounts) whose information was sought under those orders and letters.

The bill would also require the government itself to make additional disclosures about the intelligence surveillance it conducts. It would also establish a process for declassifying significant opinions issued by the FISA court and create an Office of the Special Advocate charged with arguing for privacy at the FISA Court.

Net Neutrality (we don’t have an ask yet, but here’s an update)
Since the D.C. Circuit Court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rule of network neutrality in Verizon v FCC in January 2014 there has been several bills introduced in Congress on net neutrality.
1. S. 1981, The Open Internet Preservation Act, introduced by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) with 6 co-sponsors (Blumenthal, Franken, Merkley, Udall, Warren, and Wyden). This legislation restores the rules adopted by the FCC in the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices that were vacated in the Verizon v FCC ruling.
2. H.R. 3982, The Open Internet Preservation Act, introduced by Representative Henry Waxmen (D-CA). This legislation has 31 cosponsors and is a companion bill on S. 1981.
3. H.R. 4070, The Internet Freedom Act, introduced by Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and has 37 cosponsors. Prohibits regulations adopted by the FCC in the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices from having any force or effect. It also prohibits the FCC from reissuing such regulations in substantially the same form, or from issuing new regulations that are substantially the same, unless such regulations are specifically authorized by a law enacted after the enactment of this Act. Finally, H.R. 4070 exempts from such prohibitions any regulations that the FCC determines are necessary to: (1) prevent damage to U.S. national security, (2) ensure public safety, or (3) assist or facilitate actions taken by a federal or state law enforcement agency.

Currently no action has been taken on any of these three pieces of legislation.

We need your help to assure that we a NY delegation that is representative of our State, please consider joining us as we make the case for our libraries!

I will be sending out more information about NLLD as soon as it becomes available.

See you in Washington D.C.!