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Our philosophy
NYCSLA believes that making your library visible in your community and supporting your school’s goals and initiatives are the keys to continued funding of school libraries.

Current initiative
NYCSLA is reaching out to teacher and administrator preparation programs to provide librarian guest speakers to increase awareness of the importance of a school librarian and library programs. Please email Sara at if you are interested in supporting this effort or if you are an instructor of teachers or principals and would like NYCSLA to visit your post-secondary class and explain the new role that school librarians serve in addressing the Common Core Standards. We are also planning to broaden this outreach to elected NYC officials so they understand the profound alignment between information skills and the Common Core.

Looking for grants?
LibraryWork’s list of grants for libraries

Contact the Commissioner of Education!
DR. JOHN B. KING, JR. Commissioner of Education, will be a featured speaker at this year’s NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs. During this program, the Commissioner will discuss his vision for Library Services in New York State and the critical role of libraries in advancing New York’s education reform agenda.

The Commissioner’s Program will take place on Thursday, November 3rd from 9:15AM to 10:30AM. Can’t make it to the program, but still have a question for the Commissioner? Send in your question to Ashleigh Whitfield at and the Commissioner could answer it during the program’s Q+A! Answers to selected questions will be made available after the conference. Please send in your questions by Wednesday, October 5th.

KEY NYS LIBRARY POLICYMAKERS to contact with concerns

Joanne Parnes Shawhan, Associate in School Library Services

John P. Brock, Associate in School Library Services

Michael Borges, Director, New York Library Association

Fran Roscello, President, NYLA/SSL

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