If you can't make local district meetings, you can still share your stories! We will make sure these get to your representatives. Fill out the form here. Libraries in 2020 help their communities in so many more diverse ways than they did even 5 years ago; from providing Internet access, to creating safe spaces; providing education and training opportunities for all ages; offering a tremendous selection of reading and listening materials to....well, you know! But, our legislators don't know EVERYTHING libraries are offering today! This is where you can describe some of these offerings that may not be as well known, but are ways you serve your patrons and your communities. Help us tell the stories of how important libraries are for all of us and how a democratic society depends on free and accurate information and resources! Let’s make the library VISIBLE!!
Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (145) - Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11 am, Lewiston Public Library
Assemblyman Patrick Burke (142) - Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1 pm, Orchard Park Public Library
Assemblymember Karen McMahon (146) - Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 1:30pm at Sweet Home High School
Senator Timothy Kennedy (63) - Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11 am, Leroy R. Coles Jr. Branch Library
Assemblyman Stephen Hawley (139) - Friday, January 31, 2020 at 2pm at the Corfu Library
Assemblyman Michael J. Norris (144) - Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10 am, Akron School Library
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (61) - Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10am, Akron School Library
Assemblymember Monica Wallace (143) - Friday, February 7, 2020 at 1pm at WNYLRC
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (140) - Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12 noon at the Elaine Panty (Riverside) Branch Library, Buffalo
Assemblyman Sean Ryan (149) - Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11am, I. Gonzales-Soto Branch Library, Buffalo
Senator Chris Jacobs (60) - Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 2pm at the Lakeshore Branch Library, Hamburg
Senator Patrick Gallivan (59) - Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 1:30pm, Elma Public Library
Assemblyman David DiPietro (147) - Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 1:30pm, Elma Public Library
Assemblyman Andy Goodell (150) - Friday, March 6, 2020 at 1pm, Hazeltine Library, Busti
Senator George Borello (57) - Friday, March 20, 2020 at pm, Cattaraugus Free Library (canceled)
Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (148) - Friday, March 20, 2020 at pm, Cattaraugus Free Library (canceled)
Ellington Library, one of the 2018-19 winners!
Under the “Government” tab, you can find out how to contact the Governor’s office; find and contact your state representatives; get updates on bills and legislation relating to libraries and more.
Searching NYS Law and Regulations Relating to libraries just got easier! Anyone searching for current New York State law and regulations pertaining to libraries, library systems, trustees, and librarians in New York State can now access this information quickly on the New York State Library's website. This interactive web resource makes components of the State Library publication Excerpts from New York State Education Law, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Pertaining to Libraries, Library Systems, Trustees and Librarians available in a user-friendly and easy to navigate web tool for users. This interactive site supersedes the 1995 print version and the FTP files of the Excerpts document that has been on the State Library website since 1995.
Use the link above to go for the most recent information on statewide advocacy efforts for libraries including Library Advocacy Day in Albany, legislative priorities for libraries and; access to advocacy tools you can use in your local advocacy efforts.
The American Library Association's Office for Library Advocacy provides information on ALA's Advocacy Institute, federal legislative issues, library funding, and grassroots resources. ALA also reports on federal legislation that impact intellectual freedom and privacy.