School Library System

March 18, 2016

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A Note From Jen and Jane

This week's newsletter highlights library advocacy information and several opportunities for you to participate in state-wide efforts and programs.

Advocacy Alert

In case you missed NYLA's advocacy alert from Tuesday:

Greetings NYLA Members,

Both the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly have released information from their one house budget bills; both versions have the same numbers included for libraries:

State Library Aid: +$5M over Governor’s Executive Budget ($96.6M total)

State Library Construction Aid: +$10M over Executive Budget ($24M total)

MTA Tax Reimbursement: $1.3M

Having the same number in both one house budget bills puts us in very good position going into negotiations between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo.

These adds are a testament to the hard work and commitment of New York’s library advocates.


We need our supporters to take action once again to ensure that our friends in the legislature fight for libraries as negotiations take shape. This year’s budget is very fluid, and no matter what the Senate and Assembly have staked out in their one-houses, these numbers are not final. We must SPEAK UP NOW!

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

Please share this link with everyone you can. This is our last chance to be heard.

Thank you to everyone who has spoken up and spread the word – together we are making a difference!

Jeremy Johannesen

Executive Director

New York Library Association

6021 State Farm Road

Guilderland, NY 12084
518-432-6952 Ext. 101

518-427-1697 FAX

NYLA - Continuing Education across New York State

If you can, please take a few minutes to share your ideas for Continuing Education across New York State!


2016 SLS Conference - Knickerbocker Raffle

Please join school librarians throughout the state as we donate themed baskets to be raffled off at the 2016 SSL/NYLA Spring Conference in Albany, NY at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center from May 5-7, 2016. Proceeds from the raffle go directly towards bringing an amazing author to our conference each year. If your basket is one of the top three chosen by conference attendees, your group will win awesome prizes!

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RBDB Grant Applications

The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) invites applications for Retrospective Conversion, Metadata, and Digitization Grants, through April 15, 2016.

CDLC has allocated a pool of $20,000 for these grants for 2016. Projects considered for funding should improve access to collections and content or raise the visibility of regional collections while meeting the goals of CDLC's Plan of Service.

The following sections of the Plan of Service are especially relevant:
  • Element 1 - Catalog Services
  • Element 1 - Digital Collection Access
  • Element 5 - Digitization Services
  • Element 6 - Awareness and Advocacy

Priority will be given to projects that:
  • Highlight undiscovered collections in our region or
  • Showcase your institution's history as CDLC celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016 or
  • Support statewide efforts to celebrate the centennial of the New York State Women's Suffrage movement in 2017
  • Are submitted by first-time applicants.

For more information, visit CDLC's website at

Celebrate National Poetry Month with NOVELNY Resources

Monday, March 21, 2016
11:00 AM 45 mins
Did you know there are thousands of full-text poems in your NOVELNY resources? And thousands of critical essays and interviews with poets? Join us for this webinar to take a look at how to find these treasures and well as how to share them with your students and patrons! A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
Click here to register!