Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision Update at 2013 New York Library Association Conference

More than 100 people attended the update on Creating the Future implementation during the 2013 NYLA Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. Attendees heard from John Hammond, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) Chairperson and Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education. John Hammond summarized the outcomes of the June 2013 RAC report to the Board of Regents Cultural Education Committee.

In addition RAC members, John Monahan, Mary Muller, and Bridget Quinn-Carey, who chair Creating the Future Implementation Working Groups, reported on progress to date. Sheryl Knab, Director, Western New York Library Resources Council updated attendees on the implementation status of the I2NY report recommendations, which are closely aligned with Creating the Future. Topics included school libraries, public library districts, services to youth and young adults, and academic libraries. Deputy Commissioner Cannell wrapped up the event by discussing immediate next steps in making the recommendations in Creating the Future a reality.

The handouts from the program, which include the RAC report to the Board of Regents Cultural Education Committee as well as proposals for youth services may be found at

Thank you to the RAC members, members of the Implementation Working Groups and others in the library community who are working so hard on implementing the 60 recommendations in Creating the Future.

Bernie Bernard A. Margolis


“Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision” Program at 2013 NYLA Conference

Mark your calendar! On Friday, September 27, the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and the State Library will be at the 2013 NYLA Conference in Niagara Falls to discuss the implementation of “Creating the Future”. The program is scheduled for 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm in the Cataract Room at the Niagara Falls Convention Center.
John Hammond, Chair, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC), and I, will provide an update on the implementation of the plan’s sixty recommendations. There will also be reports from the RAC Working Groups. Come share your own challenges, ask questions and find out more about what your colleagues are doing to create a vibrant future for library services in New York State.
This program is co-sponsored by the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, the Library Trustees Association of New York State, the New York State Library, and the New York Library Association.
For more information about the 2013 NYLA Conference in Niagara Falls, please visit
Hope to see you there!

BernieBernard A. Margolis

The Library in 2020 Will Be…

ACRL-Choice, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, is hosting a free, one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 23 at 2 PM. Joseph James, Associate Professor and Chair of the MLIS Program at the University of Washington Information School, will discuss multiple visions of libraries of the future, as well as provide a sneak peak into his forthcoming book, Library, 2020. For Library, 2020, James asked public and academic library leaders to finish the sentence, “The Library in 2020 will be…” and their answers will be revealed during this webinar.

To sign up for this webinar, email

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association, and Choice is a publishing unit of ACRL. ACRL and Choice have teamed up to present this new sponsored webinar program in an effort to connect academic librarians with publishers, service providers and other experts serving their market. This program on the future of libraries is the first in this webinar series. For more information, visit:     

Creating the Future @ Your State Library – 2013 Library Trustee Association of New York State Trustee Institute in Buffalo

The 2013 Library Trustee Institute will be held on May 3 and 4 in Buffalo New York. I will be speaking at a session on Saturday at 1:45 pm called, Creating the Future @ Your State Library. I am excited to have this opportunity to showcase the New York State Library, as well as to share recent implementation updates on Creating the Future with library trustees.

Library trustees need to be aware of where libraries are heading. What future improvements can we expect in library services? How can we facilitate these improvements? I will use this occasion to not only provide an overview of the State Library and its many services, but also to discuss the future of libraries with some of the folks on the frontlines of library change – the trustees.

To find out more about the 2013 Trustee Institute, visit:


Bernard A. Margolis

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian

NY 3Rs Association I2NY Summit

The NY 3Rs Association, Inc.  sponsored a two day summit on September 24-25 in Saratoga Springs – Envisioning an Information Infrastructure for New York, or I2NY. Ninety-one representatives from academic and public research libraries, library systems, the New York State Library and various library groups participated in open discussions on the need to develop an operational infrastructure across the state that encourages enhanced resource sharing, broader collaborations, and growth of regional projects to statewide scale.

Topics discussed included how libraries and archives can play a greater role in creating an information infrastructure in New York, as well as strategies to increase collaboration and participation in statewide information initiatives. Out of 120 action recommendations that attendees developed, priority was given to nine, including:

  • Develop a framework for statewide negotiations, inclusive of goals, stakeholder involvement and boundaries for terms (common principles)
  • Leaders continue conversation about achieving common goals/objectives. Stakeholders include NY 3Rs Association and its members, NY State Library, SLSA, NYSHEI, NYLA, CUNY, SUNY, IDS, PULISO, NYALS, and ConnectNY.
  • Develop a transactional model by which libraries can trade, barter, or sell services and staff time to each other.
  • NY 3Rs Association, Inc. take a leadership role in convening library, cultural heritage, economic positions to develop an action plan that will lead to robust library/information delivery systems.

These recommendations will be refined as the result of the analysis of a statewide survey of information infrastructure needs and priorities, and will be made available to the library community in a Final Report planned for early 2013 release.

For more information on how the I2NY Summit will help create a “2020 Vision” for the future, visit: