NYLA is encouraging all libraries to participate in this year’s SnapshotNY week that documents a day in the life of your library during the week of February 13-19th.    The New Jersey Library Association initiated this advocacy/public awareness campaign and ALA has encouraged all state chapters to follow suit and we did for the first time last year.  The purpose of the initiative is to provide the public, administrators, state and local funders with both factual data and testimonials that detail the essential nature of libraries to our communities, schools and colleges.

The www.protectnylibraries.org website has been updated and awaits your participation by collecting the info/testimonials and filling out the online survey.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  The deadline for submitting the information/photos/videos is February 23rd, which will give us a week to collate the info and have it ready for Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 1st.  Please make contact with your library system for arrangements to attend Library Advocacy Day.

I recently returned from ALA Midwinter and the last day I was there, their new Governor Brown proposed eliminating all state funding for public libraries as part of solution to erase a $25 billion deficit (in addition to $1 billion in cuts to higher education).  So we need to make the extra effort this year to be engaged in advocacy at all levels.  See link below

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2011/01/brown-budget-eliminates-california-library-funding.html

Michael J. Borges

Executive Director

New York Library Association

6021 State Farm Road

Guilderland, New York 12084

518-432-6952, ext. 101

518-427-1697 (fax)

director@nyla.org

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