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RASS: Reference and Adult Services Section

RASS MASTER CONVERSATION                              RASS MINI-GRANTS                                    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE


Congratulations to the recipients of our inaugural round of RASS Mini-Grants!  These are the Adult Programs (or programs that involve adults) that we supported with a stipend:

  • Home Care Kits, David A. Howe Public Library, Wellsville NY, $200
  • Art program for adults with special needs, Rockville Centre Public Library, Rockville Centre, $200
  • Escape the Courthouse, Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Ovid NY, $200
  • Community Scan-a-thon, Brooklyn Public Library (Midwood Branch), Brooklyn NY, $160
  • Hudson Art Stroll, Hudson Area Association Library, Hudson NY , $200
  • Memory Lane, Hampton Bays Public Library, Hampton Bays NY, $100
  • Laser Cut Haiku, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca NY, $150
  • Book Club Bar Crawl, Ulysses Philomathic Library, Trumansburg NY, $100
  • Uncovering and Recovering Race in America discussion group, Troy Public Library, Troy NY, $200
  • Adult Makerspace Series, Brooklyn Public Library (East New York Branch), Brooklyn NY , $200
  • All on the family, Suffern Free Library, Suffern NY , $200
  • History Comes Alive (58), Gardiner Library, Gardiner NY, $200
  • Senior Improv Group --"A Flare for Acting", Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro NY , $200
  • The Underground Railroad, Ethelbert B. Crawford Library, Monticello NY, $100
  • Its So Easy- Sewing with Abby at the Delaware Branch, Albany Public Library (Delaware Branch), Albany NY , $200
  • Music in the Morning, Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, Bridgehampton NY, $200

If you missed this grant cycle, you will have another chance later in 2019. The next round will be announced on the NYLA-RASS email list and on our Facebook page

Join our RASS Master Conversation 

Thank you to all those who participated in our initial RASS Master Conversation on April 27, 2018. About 20 RASS members met, led by facilitator Ron Kirsop. Some of the outcomes included:

  • Reinvigorating RASS will take time and effort over the next few years.
  • We can start by improving communication among our members. To this end, we are using the nyla-rass email discussion list to start online conversations.
  • The RASS Board will consider creating an action plan for the next 3-5 years to define our section's identity and develop initiatives that support that identity.
  • The Master Conversation started the process, examining our values, our needs, and our identity. We will continue this process through member engagement and increased communication.

Thank you to those who continued our Master Conversation at NYLA 2018! If you are a RASS Member and are attending NYLA 2018 in Rochester, please come to the continuation of this Master Conversation at our Membership Meeting, Saturday morning at 11 am (Session #8). The Board heard about your professional needs and wants, and look forward to supporting our members as the Reference & Adult Services Section of NYLA. We got many ideas about how we - together - can support our members, through NYLA programs, continuing education opportunities throughout the year, through our Mini-Grant program, and by supporting a Mentorship program to connect experienced librarians with those new to the field or newly employed in an unfamiliar role.


Congratulations to Jose-Rodriguez HernandoCoordinator of Adult Services at Patchogue-Medford Public Library. He is the 2018 RASS Dewey Fellow for the NYLA Conference & Trade Show in Rochester, NY. If you see him, say "Hi, I'm a RASS Member, too!"



Statement of purpose

The purpose of the Reference and Adult Services Section is to represent and promote the interests of librarians and information providers from all types of libraries who are concerned with the development of general and specialized reference, information and resource sharing services, and with the improvement of library services, materials, and programs for adults. The Section provides opportunities for networking, continued professional development, and the addressing of issues of statewide concern to its members