Director Briefing - April 3, 2023

OWWL Library System Open House

We hope you will join us for OWWL Library System's Open House on April 19, 2023 at 1 PM. We will be joined by special guest Lisa Kropp, President-elect of NYLA.

Please click here to RSVP .

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Senator Chu Outstanding Librarian Award 2023

Good afternoon, library friends!

National Library Week 2023 is only one month away! State Senator Iwen Chu, Chair of the Senate Libraries Committee, is now accepting nominations for the 2023 "Love My Librarian" Outstanding Librarian Award. This award recognizes the remarkable individuals who serve their library communities through their hard work and dedication.

If you know someone who fits this category, please nominate them in the form below.

Nominations are due by APRIL 12TH, 2023.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to myself, Jarred Woodward, at

Submit nominations here:

Aspen Discovery from Dan

We're partnering with Equinox Open Library Initiative to offer a two-hour training dedicated to Aspen, our future OPAC replacement, on Wednesday, April 5, 2:00pm-4:00pm. This training will be presented by Equinox staff and will be hosted on their webinar platform. Please register on the system events calendar if you plan to attend this online training. Registrations are limited, but the training will be recorded. The webinar link will be sent to registrants before the event.

We encourage directors to ensure that your libraries are represented at this training, and that your staff are prepared for the launch of Aspen Discovery on April 11.

A link to the recording of this training will also be sent to the systemwide list once available.

Please email if you have any questions.

Construction Updates from Suzanne

FY 2024 Intent to Apply

The Intent to Apply for the FY 2024 State Aid for Library Construction cycle is due end-of-day Friday, May 26, 2023. This is a hard deadline. Please click here for more information and to access the form.

FY 2022 Projects

180 Day Notices were sent to all projects starting with 0386-22-****. Please complete your Progress Report by April 15, 2023 following the steps outlined in the email. If you have already finished your project, complete the Progress Report and then begin close out. Here is a checklist to help you through the close out process.

FY 2023 Projects

All projects starting with 0386-23-**** have been reviewed by DLD. They are scheduled to be sent to DASNY this week to begin that review process. There is no timeline for the DASNY review process, but one library's project can hold up all 260+ projects which is why we are tight on our System's deadlines. For reference, Award Notification for the FY 2022 projects was sent in October 2022 and funds were disbursed in December 2022.

For More Information

Continue to check the State Aid for Library Construction page on OWWL Docs. It is updated as we get information and updates from DLD.

When sending emails about your projects, please include the library's name and project number in the subject line. Many libraries have concurrent/overlapping projects, and this will make it easier to provide you with the correct information.

Upcoming Trustee/Director Workshops

2023 Trustee Workshop Schedule

Workshop Date Time Link
State Aid for Library Construction Info Session ✓ January 31, 2023 4:00 PM Recording
Roles and Responsibilities for New Trustees ✓ February 6, 2023 5:00 PM Recording
Trustee Handbook Book Club: Open Meetings Law with Kirsten O’Neill, Committee on Open Government ✓ February 21, 2023 5:00 PM Recording
Key Laws & Regulations for Libraries ✓ March 9, 2023 5:00 PM Recording
Trustee Handbook Book Club: The Board-Director Relationship April 18, 2023 5:00 PM Registration
Q&A with Ron at Wadsworth Library in Geneseo (click here to submit questions ahead of time) April 27, 2023 6:00 PM Registration
Trustee Handbook Book Club: Financial Planning & Budgeting June 20, 2023 5:00 PM Registration
Budgeting Q&A with Ron and Kelly July 17, 2023 5:00 PM Registration
Trustee Handbook Book Club: Strategic Planning August 15, 2023 5:00 PM Registration
Trustee Handbook Book Club: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access & Justice October 17, 2023 5:00 PM Registration
Trustee Handbook Book Club: Financing & Managing Construction Projects December 19, 2023 5:00 PM Registration
OWWL Docs Trustee Workshop Page and Resources

OWWL Calendar with Trustee Workshops
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