Region served United States
Founder Melvil Dewey
Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen
|Purpose To lead in the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning, quality of life, and equal opportunity for all New Yorkers.|
Website New York Library Association
Headquarters Guilderland, New York, United States
Motto Voice of the Library Community
Similar New Jersey Library A, American Library Association, Special Libraries Association, Queens Library, Friends of Libraries
The New York Library Association (NYLA) is a group that promotes libraries in New York. It was founded in 1890 and was the first statewide organization of librarians in the United States. One of its founders was Melvil Dewey, who has had a lasting impact on libraries in the United States. The association was granted a provisional charter in 1929 and its Absolute Charter in 1946.
NYLA is now affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA) as the New York Chapter of that national body.
According to the NYLA:
Members of the State Association include librarians of public, system, school, college and university and many special libraries, library trustees, and friends of libraries. From a membership of 43 in 1890, the Association has grown to a vital organization of several thousand members, representing not only the libraries of New York State but also including many members, State and institutional, from all over the United States.
The Association publishes a weekly email newsletter, 'News You Can Use' and a monthly electronic publication, 'NYLA Bulletin'. NYLA is active in advocating for relevant issues such as improving library funding and improving accessibility of publicly funded research.
NYLA also recognizes members' achievements and contributions to the library community through awards, fellowships, and scholarships for library school students.