SCLA’s position on the NYS Constitutional Convention

Suffolk County Library Association advises its’ membership to vote No on the back of the Ballot to a NYS Constitutional Convention this November 7, 2017.

A constitutional convention could allow for the weakening of:

  • NYS Pension Funds
  • Collective Bargaining Rules
  • Benefits for injured workers and social welfare programs.

Additional reasons SCLA supports a No Vote

  • The cost to tax payers.
    • It cost about $6.5 million to stage the last constitutional convention in 1967. The estimated price tag for a Constitutional Convention in 2017 ranges from a conservative $30 Million to $100 Million.
  •  Sitting Legislators and Judges may serve as elected delegates.
    • Many delegates will receive double salaries from the state.
    • Delegates must engage in political campaigns that can be financed by wealthy special interests.
    • Three delegates from each state senatorial district will be elected in November 2018, along with 15 at-large delegates who will be elected statewide. In 1967, of the 186 delegates to the convention, 154 held public office.
  • Lawmakers can amend the Constitution without a Constitutional Convention.
    • The NYS Constitution has been amended over 200 times.
    • Most recently in 2015, an amendment was made to the New York State Constitution to create an independent commission on redistricting, and to allow the Legislature to save money by going paperless for proposed bills.

-SCLA Executive Board

SCLA Annual Dinner: Friday, November 17th, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

The Brentwood Country Club

100 Pennsylvania Ave, Brentwood, NY 11717

Friday, November 17, 2017 6:00p.m. -10:00p.m.

Join your colleagues for dinner, dancing and mingling! $45 for members and students $55 for non-members and on-site registration

Kindly register no later than Monday, November 6th

Please bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Register online at:

Payments will be accepted by credit card, check made payable to NYLA/SCLA or library purchase order. All fees are non-refundable.

For questions or special accommodations contact: Lissetty Thomas at or call 631-654-4700 ext.224

Division Proposals for 2018 Long Island Library Conference Open

The next Long Island Library Conference will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Melville Marriot. The conference theme for this year is Together Towards Tomorrow.

At this time, we are asking the Library Associations and Divisions to submit their proposed program offerings. I have attached the guidelines to follow. To assist in your planning, please note that the tentative schedule for the day is as follows:

8:00am – 8:30am         Registration

8:00am – 9:00am         Exhibits

9:00am – 10:00am       Program Session I

10:00am – 10:30am     Exhibits

10:30am – 11:30am     Program Session II

11:30am – 12:30pm     Exhibits

12:30pm – 2:30pm       Buffet Lunch & Keynote

2:30pm – 3:00pm         Exhibits

3:00pm – 4:00pm         Program Session III

Starting this year, we will be using google forms to make the submission process easier. The sponsor form can be found at the following link: All program submission information will be available on the conference website soon as well.

The sponsor form must be completed by December 31, 2017.

The schedule of programs will be finalized by the conference committee at our meeting in January and notifications will follow shortly thereafter. Please be advised that we can only reserve space for programs with defined content. We look forward to working with you to present a great conference experience for all. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Alexandra Janvey

Phone: (516) 299-3572


Long Island Library Conference is jointly sponsored by the Nassau County Library Association and the Suffolk County Library Association. Please visit us on the web at

Preparing for Civil Service Examinations

Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) and the Children’s Librarian’s Association of Suffolk County (CLASC, Inc.) invite you to an upcoming program entitled “Preparing for Civil Service Examinations” being presented by Cheryl Caniano of Suffolk County Civil Service.  This program will be held on Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00pm-8:45pm at the Sachem Public Library.

Registration information is attached.

Kristen Todd-Wurm
SCLA Vice-President

How to Renew your SCLA Membership online

Did you know that you can renew to SCLA online? Click on the link above to go to NYLA’s SCLA renewal page. Follow the steps and pay to renew! Regular memberships cover Part-Time and Full-Time librarians, based on their income for the year.

Library Assistant / Support Staff rates are for any library workers who are not librarians. 

Thank you for your support!