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Advocacy Day 2019: Bus Trip to Albany 

Lauren Moore, Executive Director

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, library supporters from across the state will be gathering in Albany to tell our legislators that libraries are a crucial part of New York’s education system. Communities rely on people like you—library staff, trustees, volunteers, Friends, and users—to help our legislators understand that libraries are a funding priority. Come with us to Albany to share your stories about how the library impacts the lives of its community members and why your library needs stable funding. Your stories are powerful. Your presence in Albany is important. 

How to get to Advocacy Day:

You can drive, carpool, or ride the Advocacy Day Bus! The bus trip costs $12 per person and you have the option of three pick-up locations. There is also an option to purchase a boxed lunch provided by Simply Crepes. 

Visit https://pls-net.org/AdvocacyDay2019 for more information and registration. Deadline to register is February 15, 2019. 

Resources:

Register for Bus Trip to Albany

Thank You to the Following Friends Groups

Pioneer would like to thank the following member libraries Friends' groups for their generous donations to Advocacy Day 2019.

  • Avon
  • Bloomfield
  • Macedon
  • Palmyra
  • Red Jacket
  • Victor
  • Wadsworth
  • Walworth-Seely
  • Warsaw
  • Wood

As you know, these contributions help offset the cost of the bus charter. Last year we had 12 donations from Friends’ groups for a total of $665.00.  However, the actual cost of the bus trip is $1575.00.  With the generous support of the Library Friends, we can offer affordable travel to committed advocates. Any amount is welcome – as are any and all passengers! 

Please consider sending a contribution to Pioneer Library System if you haven't yet. Thank you so much and hope to see you on February 27, 2019, in Albany advocating for our libraries!

Digital Inclusion Summit

On behalf of the Finger Lakes Digital Inclusion Coalition, you are invited to the  Digital Inclusion Summit to be held on January 28th (11am-5pm) at the Cracker Factory in Geneva. 

Through panel discussions and conversations, community members and local leaders will explore the digital inclusion landscape learn about the injustices of limited internet access and what is already being down and can still be done to bridge the divide. 

Refreshments & lunch are included in the $20 registration fee

Schedule

  • 11-11:15am Welcome 
  • 11:15-11:45am Keynote - Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance 
  • 11:45-12pm Break 
  • 12-12:45pm A Question of Justice: Digital Inclusion and Digital Equity 
  • 12:45-1:30pm Lunch 
  • 1:30-2:15pm I Can't Afford a Computer: Acquiring Affordable Devices 
  • 2:15-2:30pm Break 
  • 2:30-3:15pm Digital Literacy and Critical Thinking 
  • 3:15-4pm Wrap up 
  • 4-5pm Reception (cash bar) 

Check out Finger Lakes Digital Alliance to find out more information. 
 

Digital Inclusion Summit Registration

Advocacy Alert from NYLA

Greetings Library Advocates,

The New York Library Association has released the 2019 Library Advocacy Agenda, declaring equitable access to information as a fundamental human right and calling on Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders to protect this right through aggressive investment in library services. Information inequality plagues vulnerable, marginalized, and historically oppressed populations – NY’s failure to act risks creation of a permanent “digital underclass.” The NYLA agenda includes:

  • $200M for Library Aid;
  • $75M for local public library capital and construction aid;
  • $40M in 2020 Census Library-based Complete Count Activities, in this year’s state budget.

NYLA is also advocating for several changes in law to protect all New Yorkers’ rights to equitable access to information resources and education infrastructure:

Equal Access to School Libraries and Librarians
This long-standing priority calls for amending Education Law to require access to a certified school librarian for students in grades K-5.  Current regulations provide for access beginning in grade 6.

Transparent Contracting with Educational Institutions
Many academic libraries are pressured into accepting non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) as part of their contracts with electronic resource providers.  These NDAs stifle competition and transparency and negatively impact the buying power of the institutions.

Universal Access to the Public Library Construction Aid Program
Currently when accessing the Library Construction Aid Program, the locality is required to fund their project with a minimum 25% match.  This threshold is unattainable to many small libraries, effectively barring their participation.  A reduced local matching threshold of 10% is proposed.

The complete 2019 Library Advocacy Agenda is available at nyla.org/agenda

ADVOCATE ACTION

Governor Cuomo is in the process of finalizing his FY2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal.

Take a moment to send an e-mail to the Governor (and selected Legislative Leaders) and let them know that you support NYLA’s 2019 Library Advocacy Agenda.

Give two clicks!  It takes just moments to send a message to Albany - Your voice counts!

Together we can make 2019 an outstanding year for library funding!
 

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