Welcome to the New York Public Library Guild Local 1930

We are local 1930

Welcome to the New York Public Library and to the New York Public Library Guild, Local 1930/District Council 37 (DC37) / American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) / American Federation of Labor-Congress Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

The New York Public Library Guild/Local 1930 represents the unionized staff members from both the Branch side and the Research side of the New York Public Library. Local 1930 represents members within various titles; Clericals, Library Technical Assistants, Library Information Assistants, Librarians at various levels, and many more titles. Local 1930 was formed in 1968 as a result of the ferment caused by the civil rights, women's and anti-war movements. Since then we have continued to be an activist union. We believe libraries are the backbone of democracy and unions are the vehicle we use to defend our economic rights. We hope everyone who reads this will help carry out the tasks necessary to continue this proud tradition.

On May 1, 1968, we received our charter and Local 1930 was officially born. It was through the hard work of various individuals who had a vision. That vision was realized and some 49 years later we are still here working on protecting our member’s rights, enforcing our contract language and doing the best we can to remain viable in the library world.

STRUCTURE: The Membership

The membership is the highest governing body of the Union. General Membership meetings are held regularly. Meetings are usually held at the District Council 37 Headquarters at 125 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10017. But several months out of the year we take the General Membership meeting to the members by holding meetings in a location either in the Bronx or Manhattan. Notices for membership meetings are mailed out to members home. Meetings are usually held in January, March, May, September, November and every three years in October.

STRUCTURE: The Executive Board

The Executive Board carries out the policies and decisions of the Membership. Elections for the Executive Board are held once every three years and are conducted by secret mail ballot. The Executive Board consists of six officers and twelve members who are considered Representatives. These twelve representatives are made up of nine individuals who represent the various title groups in the library; Clericals, Librarians, Technical and Para-Professionals and finally the three Boroughs that are serviced by the New York Public Library, the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. We also have three individuals who are Trustees to the local.

Through-out the years many individuals have deserve thanks for their diligent work in making Local 1930 a reality. The many individuals who have served as Representatives on the Executive Board, our Trustees. We also need to thank those individuals who have chosen to take the reins of President of Local 1930.

Here is a list of those individuals who have been President of Local 1930.

David Beasley           1968 - 1976

Katie Todd                 1976 - 1978

Shirley Campbell       1978 - 1980

Marion Porro             1980 - 1992

Raymond Markey      1992 - 2004

Lynn Taylor              2004 - 2006

Carol Thomas           2006 - 2010

Valentin Colon          2010 - 2021

Deborah D. Allman  2021 - Present



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Vice-President Librarians
Vice President Library Technical Assistants
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Vice President, Clerical
Recording Secretary
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