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Advocacy 2020

Legislative Priorities

Invest in Libraries

Libraries are educational, civic and cultural spaces, staffed by trained information professionals, flexible enough to meet the needs of every New Yorker in every setting - from rural to urban, from PreK throughout school, to post-grad and beyond.
  • Persistent underfunding of the State Library Aid program has disenfranchised millions of vulnerable New Yorkers who lack access to information resources and trusted, community-based information professionals
  • Information inequality plagues vulnerable, marginalized, and historically oppressed populations. New York’s failure to act risks creation of a permanent “digital underclass”
  • New York State must guarantee information equity for all New Yorkers through aggressive investment in library services

NYS Library Operating Aid: $200M

Increased aid is needed to support the foundational framework of New York State libraries, improving the lives of residents of all ages, abilities and economic status.
  • Provide school, public, and academic libraries and library systems adequate funding
  • Move toward providing every student with access to instruction in information sciences by a certified school librarian, guarantee public libraries are appropriately staffed, and provide quality ongoing training for librarians and library workers.

NYS Library Construction Aid: $75M

Increased investment is needed to maintain and develop the physical infrastructure of New York State’s libraries, in order to ensure a safe, accessible and sustainable environment for the future.
  • The New York State Library estimates the deferred maintenance need at over $1.5B
  • Nearly half of New York’s libraries are over 60 years old
  • Investments allow libraries to invest in energy-efficiency and support the local construction industry
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2020 Budget Priorities NYLA.pdf

Equal Access to School Libraries and Librarians

A.2444 Solages / S.2421 Kaplan

This bill, currently in the Education Committee of both the Assembly and Senate, requires all school districts to maintain a school library in each elementary and secondary school and to employ a certified school library media specialist for each such school library.
  • Background: All students have an inherent right to equity of instruction in information literacy, and it is needed now more than ever. Under current law, elementary school students are not guaranteed instruction in information literacy skills
  • Impact: Passage of this bill would help ensure that all students are college or career ready.
Additional information: School Libraries and Certified LIbrarians Information.pdf

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Click here for NYLA's Advocacy Page.

Local Legislative Appointments

  • Assemblyman Manktelow, Monday, December 30, 2019, 1:00 pm, 10 Leach Road Lyons, NY 14489
  • Senator Gallivan (Annie Chwiecko), Friday, January 2, 2020,10:30 am, Pioneer Library System
  • Assemblywoman Byrnes, Monday, January 6, 2020, 10:30 am, 79 Genesee St., Avon, NY 14414
  • Senator Helming, Friday, January 24, 2020, 1:00 pm, 425 Exchange St Geneva, NY 14456 ( Limited seating, please let Ron know if you plan on attending )
  • Senator Borrello, PENDING, 700 W. State Street, Westgate Plaza, Olean, NY 14760
  • Assemblyman Kolb: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 11:00 am, 70 Elizabeth Blackwell St, Geneva, NY 14456, USA ( Limited seating, please let Ron know if you plan on attending )
  • Senator Funke: Not yet scheduled
  • Assemblyman DiPietro: Not yet scheduled
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Bus Trip to Albany: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The annual bus trip to Albany for Library Advocacy Day will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The bus leaves at the locations and times below and we are expected to arrive back in the area between 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. All library advocates are welcome to attend.

Trip Details

  • Bus Cost: $15 per person
  • Payment: Send cash or check to Pioneer Library System, 2557 State Route 21, Canandaigua, NY 14424
  • Deadline to Register: February 19, 2020
  • Registration Link: Click here or copy and paste into your browser.

Pick up Locations and Departure Times:
  1. Park & Ride, 390 exit 9 in Avon: 6:30 am
  2. Bliss Shurfine Grocery, Rt. 21 in Manchester: 7:15 am
  3. Petro Stopping Centre, Rt. 414 in Waterloo: 7:45 am
Lunch Information:

This year we are unable to provide a lunch option on the bus. Light snacks will be distributed on the ride to Albany. We suggest packing your own lunch (some cooler space will be available). There are also lunch options in the cafeteria just outside the security checkpoint in the main concourse, however, that can get extremely busy around lunchtime, so please plan accordingly.

PLS Calendar Link :

If you have any questions, please contact Ron Kirsop,

Advocacy Day Resources/Materials

The Pioneer Library System Advocacy handout will be posted soon. For now, you can view NYLA's Advocacy Day information by clicking here to visit their website.

Advocacy Day Appointments




11:30 am

Senator George Borrello
57th District: Bell, Dansville, Livonia, Mount Morris
Albany Office: 518-455-3563
PLS Team Leader:
Library Leader:

LOB 706

11:30 am

Senator Pam Helming
54th District: Wayne County, Clifton Springs, Geneva, Gorham, Phelps, Red Jacket, Wood
Albany Office: 518-455-2366
PLS Team Leader:
Library Leader:

LOB 517

11:30 am

Senator Rich Funke
55th District: Allens Hill, Bloomfield, Bristol, Honeoye, Naples, Victor
Albany Office: 518-455-2215
PLS Team Leader:
Library Leader:

LOB 415

12:00 pm

The Rally for Library Advocates

Well of LOB

12:00 pm

Senator Pat Gallivan
59th District: Wyoming County, Avon, Caledonia, Lima, Wadsworth
Albany Office: 518-455-3471
PLS Team Leader:
Library Leader:

LOB 311

12:30 pm

Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes
133rd District: Livingston County libraries
Albany Office: 518-455-5662
PLS Team Leader:
Library Leader:

LOB 723

1:00 pm

Assemblyman Brian Manktelow
130th District: Wayne County
Albany Office: 518-455-5655
PLS Team Leader:
Library Leader:

LOB 629

1:00 pm

Assemblyman Brian Kolb
131st District: Ontario County
Albany Office: 518-455-3751
PLS Team Leader:
Library Leader:

LOB 725

1:00 pm

Assemblyman David DiPietro
147th District: Wyoming County
Albany Office: 518-455-5314
PLS Team Leader:
Library Leader:

LOB 543

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