Funding Referendums for Small & Midsized Libraries
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

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WNYLRC Training Center


Small and midsize rural libraries are wholly underfunded. Most operate on an annual budget of less than $150,000. The more rural the library, the less capacity it has to secure sustainable and supplemental resources. This program will offer a step-by-step approach to work with your library system to improve services by leveraging stable funding within your community. Real case studies and practices from successful campaigns will give participants the conviction to lead a grass roots initiative for stable public funding far into the future.

Lunch is on your own. We have facilities if you would like bring your own lunch.

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Brian M. Hildreth and Margo Gustina
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Brian is the Executive Director of the Southern Tier Library System. Brian has served in rural libraries since 2004. As a library director and system director, he has worked on several campaigns that have secured funding increases ranging from 25% to 230%. He believes all rural libraries can achieve their ideal funding levels through thoughtful planning and transparent campaigns. Brian is a 2010 NYLA Mary Bobinski Innovative Library Director Award recipient and previously served on the Public Libraries Section of NYLA from 2011 – 2016. He is a proud active member of the New York library community.


Margo is the Deputy Director of Trustee Development at the Southern Tier Library System. Margo joined the Southern Tier Library System in 2014. As Deputy Director, she has been a champion for rural libraries through sustainable practices. Her areas of expertise include social justice, trustee development, strategic planning and funding referendums. She is a co-creator of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative and co-presenter of the “Hooray for ____!” workshop series. Margo has also just been recognized as a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

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Unconference: INTERSECT: Where People & Ideas Meet! (Early Bird Registration)

INTERSECT is not your grandmother's library conference!

This brand new regional gathering of library and information professionals will be taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo, NY on Friday, October 5, 2018.

The purpose of INTERSECT is to facilitate a culture of co-learning among librarians and other interested professionals in the region by bringing people together to network and share ideas in an interactive, engaging, informal setting where participants determine the content.

INTERSECT: Where People and Ideas Meet!

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Activities, including workshops and tours, will be held during lunch time.

Early bird registration will be available to everyone until August 15th, after which the registration price will increase to $40 for WNYLRC members and $50 for non-members.

Please fill out our form on preferred sessions, lunch activities, and your meal selection once you've registered:

Spaces for each session and lunch activities are limited -- so sign up soon!

If you need disability accommodations, please email Caitlin at

There is $5/day valet parking only for guests of our Unconference at the Hilton Garden Inn.

We have a block of rooms reserved with a special conference rate at the Hilton Garden Inn available on a first come, first serve basis if you wish to stay overnight. You can book online at with the booking code: WNYLR. You can also call Hilton Garden Inn at either 1-855-446-1178 or 716-848-1000 and inform the agent that helps you of the dates that you wish to book and the special code (WNYLR).