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New York Alliance of Library Systems 2014 Retreat
7th Annual Retreat
Thursday, August 14, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014

Library system leaders will convene at the Castleton Comfort Inn & Suites (East Greenbush) (www.comfortinnalbany.com) to continue their work on strengthening cooperation and collaboration among the 3 types of NY Library Systems.  This meeting is open to all public, school, and 3Rs systems directors in NY by invitation only.

Tentative Agenda
(May 2014)
Theme: Advocacy and Planning for the Future

Day 1:
Thursday, August 14, 2014

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Systems can hold separate meetings as needed

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm  Welcome and Introduction – Sheryl Knab

1:10 pm - 2:30 pm  Who We Are, What We Do and Why it Matters:  Establishing Our Distinctive Purpose - Valerie Gross

Ms. Gross will present how a growing number of libraries are ushering in a new era repositioning their libraries as a key component of the education enterprise alongside schools, colleges, and universities. As libraries from all U.S. regions begin implementing this concept, they are finding that their inherent value is no longer questioned. They no longer need to constantly explain why they are important.

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm  Break

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm  Facilitated Discussion: As systems, how do we use this information? – Lauren Moore, Facilitator

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm  Progress Reports and Updates

• Legislative Update: NYLA (Jeremy and Mike, NYLA; lobbying firm)
• I2NY: Kathy Miller
• ILS statewide: Robert Drake
• Updates on state-wide and local initiatives (NY 3Rs, Pulisdo or member projects, SLSA or member projects that are new and different)

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm  Day 2 Agenda Overview – Lauren Moore

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  Hotel Check In

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Dinner, Cash Bar, PAC fundraiser

Day 2:
Friday, August 15, 2014

7:00 am - 8:30 am  Breakfast (Hotel guests receive complimentary breakfast)

8:30 am - 9:15 am The Albany Machine - Jimmy Vielkind

A discussion of how policy and budget decisions come to be in New York’s Capitol.  Legislative correspondent Jimmy Vielkind will share his unvarnished perspective on power, influence and advocacy under the Cuomo administration.

9:15 am - 10:15 am  All the Libraries, One Voice - Jeremy Johansson and Mike Neppl

A conversation on unifying the advocacy activities of the NYS library community, in order to maximize the impact on the legislative process.  Every library, every librarian, and every patron has a role to play in speaking up for libraries.  The presentation will lead into the update of the 2014/15 Advocacy Plan.

10:15 am - 10:30 am  Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Update Advocacy Plan: 2014/2015 – Mike Neppl and Cassie Guthrie

• Identifying gaps and/or weaknesses
• Identifying strategies

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm  Summary, Final Remarks – Sheryl Knab

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm  Lunch

Speaker bios:

Valerie Gross, MM, MLS, JD, President & CEO of Howard County Library System (HCLS) In Maryland

Ms. Gross takes pride in HCLS’ unparalleled curriculum, which has earned HCLS the prestigious status of best library system in North America from the continent's 21,000 public and academic library systems (2013 Library of the Year, Gale/Library Journal). A passionate promoter of libraries, Gross has led the repositioning of HCLS as an educational institution, which has heightened respect, increased funding, and driven significant increases in annual budgets and usage statistics. Since 2001, items borrowed doubled (7.4 million in FY 13), as did research assistance interactions (2 million). Categories that tripled include physical visits (3.2 million), and class and event attendance (more than a quarter of a million). All this in a county of 282,000 residents. An educator and attorney for nearly 30 years, Gross holds a Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University, and a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Jimmy Vielkind, Senior Reporter for Capital (former political reporter for the Times Union)

Mr. Vielkind began reporting on state politics in 2008 for the New York Observer. He later wrote for his hometown paper, the Albany Times-Union, and was appointed Capital New York's Albany bureau chief in October, 2013. Vielkind studied urban planning at Columbia University and SUNY Albany.

Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director

Having served a Deputy Director of NYLA from 2005 – ‘08, Johannesen left to lead the NYS Alliance for Arts Education.  Jeremy returned to NYLA in 2012, assuming the role of Executive Director.  Johannesen holds his BS in Arts Education from the College of Saint Rose, and is an active den leader in Pack 232.

Mike Neppl, NYLA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy

A graduate of Albany Law School, Michael Neppl joined NYLA in August 2013, coming from the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he has served as Director of Public Information and Correspondence for two years.  Prior to that, Mr. Neppl served as Counsel to Senator Eric Schneiderman, and was named to the 2011 “Rising Stars: 40 under 40” list by The Capitol.


NYALS 2014 Retreat Registration Information

When: Thursday, August 14 – Friday, August 15, 2014
Location: Castleton Comfort Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road, Castleton, NY 12033. Phone: 518-479-3217
Fee: $120.00 (includes meals, gratuities, and facilitated retreat sessions)
Deadline: Friday, July 18, 2014.  Registration Fee does not include hotel lodging.  Please see lodging information below.
To register: NYALS Registration Form is located at http://www.wnylrc.org

Lodging Information: 
Hotel rooms have been reserved until Friday, August 1, 2014
Call: 1-518-479-3217 to reserve yours. Refer to "NY Alliance of Library Systems" to receive the discounted room rates.
• Standard King:  $119.00
• Standard Double Queen:  $119.00
• One Room suite Double Queen:  $139.00
• One Room Suite Single King:  $139.00

- Check in after 3:00PM and Check out time is 11:00 am
- All rooms include free WIFI, local phone calls, cable TV and HBO, and free hot & cold breakfast that includes everything you need to get you going PLUS Belgian Waffles, Sausage, Bagels, muffins, hot & cold cereals, assorted yogurts, hard boiled eggs, & fresh fruit, sweet pastries, assorted milk, juice and coffee products. Breakfast is served daily from 6 am to 10 am.
- Heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and fitness center onsite. A business center with computer and printer is also available. 
-Train station shuttle runs are complementary to and from the Rensselaer Train Station from 7am to 11pm daily.

Retreat Cancellation Policy:   
Cancelation deadline for retreat registration without penalty: Friday, August 1, 2014.  Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel room by contacting the hotel directly dependent on the hotel’s cancellation policies.

2014 NYALS Retreat Planning committee:
Sheryl Knab, Western New York Library Resources Council (NY 3Rs)
Kathleen Gundrum, Capital District Library Council (NY 3Rs)
Mary Ann Hebert, Chautauqua Cattaraugus School Library System (SLSA)
Katie Bertand, Monroe BOCES School Library System (SLSA)
Lauren Moore, Pioneer Library System (PULISDO)


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