New York passed a prohibition on smoking on the grounds of libraries which took effect on June 19, 2019. Public Health Law §1399-o was amended by adding a new subdivision 6 to read: 6. Smoking shall not be permitted and no person shall smoke within one hundred feet of the entrances, exits or outdoor areas of any public or association library as defined in subdivision two of section two hundred fifty-three of the education law; provided, however, that the provisions …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Under a new law passed in 2018, employers must offer yearly sexual harassment prevention training required by the State of New York. All employees and Board members need to attend the training. Volunteers and interns are strongly encouraged to take the training. Any employee or Board member who does the training through another employer does NOT need to duplicate the effort—just show your completion certificate to your director or other person you’ve designated for tracking compliance. The initial deadline for …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
2018 2017 Public and Association Library Annual Reports Webinar, Monday, January 22 2017 Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinars — A series of short online webinars focused on information trustees need to know. Issues such as Open Meetings Law, the Role of the Board President, Hiring a New Director, as well as other topics, covered in 10-15 minute presentations. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and E-rate, Wednesday, December 13 How To File for E-rate Funding, Thursday, December 7 Like, Share, and …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
“Libraries have long been committed to building health, thriving communities, but they are now seeing and increased need to create and build strategic partnerships and expand relationships with the larger community.” – WebJunction Special Populations | Education | Community Partners | Financial Literacy |Job Seekers The CEFLS Outreach Department coordinates funds from the New York State Library to extend library services to special populations. From people who are visually impaired to those who are geographically isolated, we offer solutions and …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Please email, call or write to your New York State and county legislators and tell them how libraries, and your library in particular, provide value to your community. Visit the New York Library Association’s Advocacy page, where you can easily send messages to your elected officials, learn about the current state legislative priorities, and access advocacy tools such as the Library Value Calculator. Print out the Current Legislative Agenda to help us speak with a unified voice! Consider joining the New York Library …[CLICK TO READ MORE]
A recent series on the site TechSoup.org explains how to go about getting 501(c)3 status. Written by a retired IRS official, the series goes beyond what’s available on the IRS website. The first part is available here: http://bit.ly/1qKJEvg.