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           A Letter from MHLS:

The NYS Legislature is back in session and it is time to begin advocating for state library aid and construction aid in earnest.

Why should you care?

  • State aid for libraries underwrites the majority of many of the services your library and community DEPEND on like Sierra, the online catalog, eMagazinesDigital Download Collection (OverDrive), eResources/HOMEACCESS, the delivery system, workshops and library development consultations. For every $1 in state aid we receive it results in $7 worth of services for your community.

  • State construction aid meant over $713,000 for member library construction projects last year, this money makes a HUGE difference to the libraries of our region

Here's how you can help over the next week:

1) Reach out to the Governor NOW. There are rumors that he will cut back the $4 million increase we fought so hard for last year. We have two opportunities to make some noise and do it NOW:

  • The Governor is finalizing his Executive Budget. NYLA has loaded a new letter into the Online Advocacy Center to help library advocates speak up to the Governor: http://cqrcengage.com/alany/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=270513

    • Personally send the letter

    • Encourage your trustees and Friends to send the letter

    • Post on your Facebook page to alert your friends, family, neighbors and community that they can have an impact - use NYLA's Facebook Advocacy Alert call-to-action - all the work is done for you, just share it through your feed: https://www.facebook.com/NYLA1890/

  • The Governor is taking a non-traditional approach to delivering his State of the State address next week - instead of one event in Albany he is taking the show on the road, he will deliver 6 State of the State addresses (schedule below). For those of you on Twitter or who have Twitter-heads in your library stakeholder circle let's make some noise during these public events - the media is watching the twitter feed to see what issues trend during these debates, NYLA has prepared a Virtual Advocacy page with pre-drafted Tweets you can just cut-and-paste, just be sure to add in the State of the State hashtag to catch the eye of the Governor's staff and reporters covering these events. Last year's hashtag was #NYSOS so start with that and evolve it if you see a different version become more popular.

    • Monday, 11 a.m.: One World Trade Center

    • Monday, 3 p.m.: University at Buffalo Center for the Arts

    • Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center

    • Tuesday, 1 p.m.: Farmingdale State College on Long Island

    • Wednesday, 10 a.m.: University at Albany Performing Arts Center

    • Wednesday, 1 p.m.: Carrier Theater in Syracuse

2) Save the date! Library Advocacy Day in Albany: Wednesday, March 1. Whether you come with us to Albany that day,visit your legislators in their local office or advocate from your home or office you can start prepping your talking points now

Later this month...

  • Once the Governor announces his Executive Budget, hopefully next week, we'll have a better feel for where we stand and how hard we'll have to fight this year. Expect a major push to get people to use the NYLA Online Advocacy Center at that point, we need all the help we can get so anything you can do to sign-up more people up for the NYLA Online Advocacy Center the better! Graphics to help you get the word out are available here: https://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=2118&MenuKey=advocacy

  • Watch the MHLS Bulletin for information about an opportunity to participate in the MHLS Real People. Real Dollars. 2017 Advocacy Campaign - this is an effective way to raise awareness not only for legislators but for your local taxpayers about what an amazingly good investment your library is!

Link to MHLS Weekly Newsletter for Staff and Trustees

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