2022 Power Players in Education: AnnaLee Dragon, Executive Director of NYLA

AnnaLee Dragon brings much more than a love of books to her job as executive director of the New York Library Association (although that’s an important prerequisite!). AnnaLee garnered plenty of experience in fundraising and project management during her 10 years at Kinderhook Memorial Library, and she is a passionate advocate for digital and information equity, a mission that libraries play a significant role in advancing. In fact, it is precisely because libraries facilitate free access to new ideas and information that they have become contested sites in recent years, and NYLA is working to ensure that libraries across New York State are given the resources and protections they need to stay open. This advocacy can be slow-going and time-intensive — but it may still be easier than determining a singular “favorite book”!

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