08 February 2011

Snapshot NY

MVLS strongly urges your library to participate in this year's Snapshot NY week, documenting a day in the life of your library. This is a wonderful tool in showing the use and value of libraries in their communities. NYLA would like to increase the number of participating libraries this year. The purpose of the initiative is to provide the public, administrators, state and local funders with both factual data and testimonials that detail the essential nature of libraries to our communities, schools and colleges.

MVLS libraries are asked to keep their statistics on Tuesday, February 15. (If this day does not work for your library, please choose another day that week and still participate.) Once again, if you need help inputting your statistics onto the website, MVLS staff is willing to help.

The www.protectnylibraries.org website has been updated and awaits your participation by collecting the info/testimonials and filling out the online survey. The deadline for submitting the information/photos/videos is February 23rd, which will give NYLA a week to collate the info and have it ready for Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 1st.

MVLS is also working on getting appointments for Library Advocacy Day. The Governor has proposed a 10% cut to library aid in his 2011-2012 budget, so we need you to make a special effort to join other MVLS representatives on March 1. It is very important that we have people from all counties in our region at the meetings with their state representatives. You are the best people to tell the stories of how valuable your library is to your community. We will again be arranging carpooling from MVLS.

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