Thursday, November 05, 2020

#NYLA2020 : Annual Meeting & Session on Privacy

NYLA Annual Meeting

  • Jen Cannell, NYLA President, gave an overview of the year and how the pandemic affected NYLA.
  • A tough year with many changes.
  • Roger Reyes, NYLA Treasurer, provided an overview of the NYLA finances.
  • Lower revenues and a tighter budget.  Kudos to staff for managing expenses.
  • Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA Executive Director, provided highlights to his written report.
  • 1300+ people attended NYLA in Saratoga last year for the conference. 700+ this year for the virtual conference.
  • Jeremy talked about changes to NYLA's professional development offerings, advocacy efforts, bills passed by NYS, staff changes, etc.
  • Tim Furgal spoke about Pathways to Librarianship task force,which wants to expand the diversity of our library staff. People can join this effort. There will be a town hall about this on Dec. 3, 3 p.m. There will be more about this at the President's Forum on Friday. 

Lunch & Learn: Privacy - Make it Happen!

Program Description: Privacy is a core value of librarianship, but protecting and promoting this value often feels like an overwhelming and onerous undertaking. We have a professional responsibility to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our users' data and information regarding library use, and state laws may require libraries to safeguard patron privacy. However, there has been until now been a lack of practical guidelines for enacting concrete measures to protect privacy in the library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with the American Library Association, has sponsored the creation of Privacy Field Guides. During this interactive session, Erin Berman (@mohawklibrarian) will discuss these guides, along with other privacy-protecting tools and best practices. Join us to discuss privacy concerns and ask questions in a judgment-free zone, and leave empowered to improve privacy measures in your library.

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