Implementation of the 60 recommendations in Creating the Future is well underway. The following email from Regents Advisory Council on Libraries member, Mary Muller, and Upper Hudson Library System Youth Services Consultant, Mary Fellows, was recently sent to Youth Services librarians in an effort to move forward with the implementation of the plan’s youth services recommendation. Please consider contacting them to become a library champion!
Bernard A. Margolis
Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian
Dear Youth Services Colleague,
The 2020 Vision Plan for Library Service in New York State recognized the important role and opportunities public libraries and systems have in serving youth. Now it’s time to build on this recognition to make a better future for kids, tweens and teens through libraries an active, funded priority for NYS.
As background, Recommendation 27 of the 2020 Vision Plan states: “The provision of robust early childhood education programs and the provision of homework assistance as a core service; the alignment of outreach services with societal priorities, such as teen services and gang prevention.” This was identified as one of the highest priority recommendations from the 2012 NYLA Annual Conference working group.
We know that children’s and teen librarians in New YorkState’s public libraries are collaborating with school librarians. You are developing programs that innovate, expand opportunities, or more effectively deliver service. Your programs need to be recognized and shared within the library community! Grant money to support model programs is a possibility.
As a first step towards implementing the youth services recommendation in the Vision 2020 plan, we need a few champions step forward. These champions will help foster conversation and expanded collaboration between public and school librarians. While the exact role is still being defined, champions will help ensure that NYS supports its value of strong library services to youth with initiatives and resources that support even greater collaboration and innovation. Won’t you join us as a champion?
If you’re interested in helping us, please contact Mary Muller, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries member (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System (email@example.com). Thank you!
Mary Muller & Mary Fellows