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 weeks of either February 12th – 18th or February 19th – 25th . The New Jersey Library Association initiated this advocacy/public awareness campaign and ALA has encouraged all state chapters to follow suit. 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 29th , which will give us a week to collate the info and have it ready for Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 6th. Please make contact your library system for arrangements to attend Library Advocacy Day.
In addition, Communication Services and NYLA have developed Library Champion logos that your library can post on its website to encourage patrons, users, students, etc to become library advocates. The icon will link to the NYLA website where they can send a letter, find out more about our legislative priorities, etc. The more folks we have in our database of library advocates the more messages we can send to the Governor and Legislature (and local elected officials as well).