New York’s Approved LSTA Five-Year Plan relates to “Creating the Future!”

October 18, 2012

I am pleased to announce that the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has approved New York State’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) 2012-2017 Five-Year Plan.  The new LSTA plan took effect on October 1, 2012.  A copy is posted at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/lsta/index.html

The new LSTA Five-Year Plan is closely linked to the sixty recommendations in Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State; Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents. State Library and other Cultural Education staff who participated in this project consulted Creating the Future at many stages throughout the developmental process. The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries LSTA Committee, which consists of individuals who helped develop Creating the Future (Jill Hurst-Wahl, Sara Kelly Johns, Bridget Quinn-Carey and Chairperson Louise Sherby), provided crucial leadership in connecting the two plans.

The LSTA Five Year Plan, which is required by IMLS, describes potential activities that will be implemented using the federal LSTA funds provided annually to the New York State Library by IMLS.  The plan has four major goals that support recommendations listed in Creating the Future:

1) All New Yorkers will have improved access to library resources that advance and enhance their personal, educational and working lives;

2) The New York State Library, library systems and libraries will deliver new and improved library programs that anticipate and meet New Yorkers’ constantly changing needs for library services;

3)  New Yorkers of all ages will perceive libraries as community learning spaces offering high-quality lifelong learning, literacy, and knowledge creation;

4) All New Yorkers will benefit from statewide programs and services of the New York State Library that effectively leverage private and public funding through collaboration and partnerships and maximize value in order to achieve goals one, two and three.

For more information on the federal LSTA program and its importance to New YorkState’s libraries and all New Yorkers, please visit the New York State Library’s website at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/lsta/index.html . Questions about New York State’s LSTA program may be directed to Mary Linda Todd, LSTA Coordinator, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at mtodd@mail.nysed.gov .

Bernard A. Margolis

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian

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