New York Library Advocacy Day has come and gone, though speaking out in support of library funding does not stop. While Governor Cuomo’s State budget must be finalised by April 1, 2018, state reps need to be reminded continually that libraries are a vital and build communities. Contact your state reps via http://cqrcengage.com/alany/app/write-a-letter?1&engagementId=429353
My journey to Albany started the day before, on Tuesday, February 26, reading over the advocacy speaking notes as prepared by NYLA, and creating my signs.
And then I got on the train @ 3am, Tuesday, February 27, the day before the rally to participate in the two valuable continuing education programs. Both “Care and Feeding of your Library Board” hosted by Cassie Guthrie from the Greece Public Library and “How to write your Construction Grant” by Mary Ann Woltz were beneficial and have given me food for thought to apply to my tasks as a municipal library director of a central library.
Wednesday, Febraruy 28…the day is here! We descended upon the New York State Capitol for come together to be a unified force. We rallied, we met our state representatives, we shared ideas, we made noise. We were part of the democratic process.
Some of the highlights from the day. Above all else, I was pleased to see so many of my library cohorts from across the state and be so unified in our communal cause of funding for our library community. We are creating betterment for our citizens who depend on our services as engines of empowerment.
I was fortunate to visit our New York Senator’s office, Mr. Robert Ortt. His assistant, Joseph Erdman and I spoke about the importance of libraries in our communities. I expressed our gratitude for last year’s State Bullet Aid money and how it benefited our digitization of a portion of our local History collection to preserve its condition as well as increase access to our treasure trove of photographs. We also discussed the importance of the New York State Construction grants, which Niagara Falls Public Library has used this past year to replace the ADA complaint door openers at the Main Branch of the library. Mr. Erdman was pleased to show off his Nioga Library System coffee mug. Here we are photographed in front of Senator’s office nameplate.
While a busy 48 hours trip, I am pleased to finally have had the chance to participate in a lobby day. Am still digesting the enormity of the experience, but was happy to have had the opportunity and speak up for my community and for the library services I and my staff provide. #nylalad18