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Editor's Notes 

Eli Guinnee, eguinnee@cclslib.org

NYLA Programming Update 


According to RLRT Programmer Tom Vitale, RLRT will be sponsoring: 
 
1.      Funding Campaigns for Small & Mid-Size Rural Libraries – Brian Hildreth & Margo Gustina, STLS
2.      Rural Libraries for Non-Rural Librarians – Emily Owen Hastings, Canton Free Library
3.      The Buddy System – Annie Miller, Greenwich Free Library
 
And our friends at PLS will be sponsoring Make It Rain: Writing a Killer Grant – Eli Guinnee, CCLS & Erica Freudenberger, SALS.

RLRT will be well represented! 
 

Want to be a Guest Editor of The Best?  Click here to learn more. 
 


Mystery Link of the Day

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Olean Library Supports LGBTQ Youth



Olean Public Library is now hosting bimonthly support groups for LGBTQ youth. Click above to read the Olean Times Herald article about a recent meeting. 
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ASK FOR ADVICE ~~ GIVE ADVICE 
 
This Week's Question: 
My board asked me to look into purchasing accounting software. I need something simple and easy to use.  What do you use?  -- I.M. 

Answer this question now!
 
Last Week's Question: 
I think we should protest having to do Annual Reports.  Who's with me?  --Drowning in Stats
Answers:
Hang in there. Do the work. Part of making the case that your library is worthy of investment will related to the trend data you have in hand. Without doing the statistics annually you'll be at a loss. Some people, in fact, many people in elected office, are numbers people and not having statistics will make you look like you are avoiding accountability and transparency. Not the kind of message you want to send. Statistics are a powerful tool in your advocacy toolbox, don't underestimate that.  -- Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

It's a lot of work but aren't you glad you have all that data from past years?  I can't imagine not being able to look up circulation trends and find benchmarks from other libraries.   --Better Things to Protest

From what I understand, a lot of the Annual Report data is collected to meet federal requirements, so the State Library really does need to collect it.  It's true that the report is not perfect, and the software can be time consuming, but I think it is important to have a record, especially as we are all spending public money.  All in all is it really that bad?  I don't think so.  --Don't Mind  

How would you describe your library's Facebook presence?
Excellent!
Decent
Needs Improvement
Nonexistent
 
Last issue: Will you go to ARSL conference in St. George this year?
Probably Not-- 53.8%
Probably--30.8%
Maybe, if other people are going--15.4%
No idea--0%

Freedom is the Best! 

Tips for supporting Social Justice in your library
 

Hold a Community Forum!

Use ABC Mouse on our Children's Computers

It's free, and it just expanded.  Click below to learn more:


Small But Powerful Guide

Tom Vitale
tvitale@cclslib.org


A New Resource from ALA’s Committee on Rural, Native, Tribal and All Other Libraries
There are many unique pleasures and challenges serving in a rural library (as seen in this “You Know You’re a Rural Librarian If… list http://arsl.info/you-know-you-are-a-rural-librarian-if/).  Securing support, however, is an ongoing challenge for libraries of any size. It can seem particularly daunting in small and rural communities with many needs and few resources. But small can be powerful when making your case for support.

Advocacy is about persuading funders and other decision-makers to give you the support you need. It begins with the people who believe in libraries—you, your staff, board members, friends, volunteers and users. Making your case for support is all about getting organized and focused. The best way to do that is to keep it simple.
 
1. Don’t wait for a crisis--make yourself essential
Advocacy works best when the library has a track record of excellent service and a reservoir of goodwill with the community. You may not have the nicest building or biggest collection, but you can become renowned for your excellent service. Learn to speak the language of those you seek to serve. Sponsor literacy, employment and other classes that address community needs.  ... Read More Here

Calendar 


June 22-27: ALA Conference, Chicago (link)
March 1: Advocacy Day in Albany (link)
May 1-2: National Advocacy Day (link)
September 6-9: Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference in St. George (link)
November 8-11: NYLA 2017 in Saratoga Springs (link)


 

   

NYLA Sustainability News:

New Collaboration Offers Leadership Opportunity for Public Libraries in New York State

The New York Library Association (NYLA) and Westchester Green Business have announced a new collaboration that will strengthen libraries and their communities for decades to come by providing a clear path forward toward environmental sustainability for participating libraries.

 

Through funding awarded through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program, Westchester Green Business has opened access to their groundbreaking program that has helped dozens of businesses, nonprofits and the award-winning Hendrick Hudson Free Library make operational decisions that result in more sustainable, resilient futures for themselves and their communities. This collaboration helps bring to life the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries unanimously passed in 2014 by the Council of the New York Library Association.

 

The CGC program is a statewide initiative, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), that encourages communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local decision-making, and then form partnerships to transform markets, leading to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and generation of economic development benefits.

 

“Participation in the certification program not only provided us the opportunity to evaluate and enhance our sustainability efforts,” said Hendrick Hudson Free Library director Jill Davis, “but it allowed us to become part of a greater movement which has created unique partnerships and educational possibilities.”

 

The program, Green Business Certification, provides a turnkey system to successfully integrate sustainable practices into library operations. Library leaders will learn exactly where resources are being wasted and identify opportunities to increase efficiency and save money. Proprietary performance tools are used to calculate the economic and environmental impacts of energy, travel, waste, water and refrigerants in a library, while staff surveys gauge behavioral impacts.

 

Dani Glaser, Westchester Green Business Program Director commented, “It is an honor to have been selected by NYLA to provide the benchmarking platform for their Sustainability Initiative. Libraries are uniquely positioned to make a significant impact influencing patrons, communities, and libraries across the nation about the importance of sustainability.”

 

Check out this short video: https://youtu.be/5fQBqehRL6Y to learn more about the program and its benefits for libraries from Jill Davis, the director of the award-winning Hendrick Hudson Free Library, the first library in the state to become certified under this program. She is joined by Dani Glaser, Westchester Green Business Program Director who provides introductory information about the program.

 

Thanks to this collaboration any public library in New York State may join this program and benefit from the 10% discount for non-profit organizations. Check out the 2017 Membership Rates and access the Membership form here: http://climatechange.westchestergov.com/green-business/westchester-green-business-certified

NYLA's Library Advocacy Day
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017
 
Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. 
Together our efforts have resulted in over $11M in additional library aid since 2011.

Summary of Event

Most activities will take place in the Legislative Office Building (LOB). The LOB is most easily accessed from the Concourse, or through the Capitol Building.  Prepare for airport-like security while entering the building.  NYLA 'Base Camp' will be available in LOB120 beginning at 8:00AM for packet pick-up and sign-in.
 
Advocacy Day Packets: Materials are distributed to Library Advocacy Day attendees to use in their meetings with legislators and staff, and can be picked up in room 120 of the Legislative Office Building.
Click here for a map of the Empire State Plaza (PDF)
 
READ Posters
Members of the Legislature have been invited to have their photographs taken for READ posters between 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM.  (Invite your representative to have their photo taken for a READ poster!)
 
The Rally for Library Advocates 12:00 PM
Gather in the "Well" of the LOB at 12:00 PM for a Library Advocate's Rally!
Join fellow Library Advocates and plan to make your voices heard!
 
Legislative Office Visits
Meetings with individual Legislators (or their office) are coordinated by library systems, or regional coordinators.  NYLA will have a listing of all the legislative office visits that we have been made aware of at the NYLA Base Camp (LOB120).
 
Organizing a Group or meeting with a Legislator? Please fill out the Library Advocacy Day Contact Form
 
Please be sure to review the NYLA Legislative Priorities prior to your meetings.
 

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