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

Creating the Future NYLA Program Results

Creating the Future NYLA Program Results

The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries led a successful program at the 2012 NYLA Conference, Creating the Future: Implementing the 2020 Vision and Plan. Under the Council’s leadership, members of the library community were able to come together and discuss implementation of New York’s plan for library services.

Members of the Council led group discussions that helped determine priority recommendations for each type of library. The list of priority recommendations can be found at:

Thank you to the many individuals and library leaders who participated in this program, especially those who volunteered to join taskforces to support implementation of priority recommendations. Congratulations to the Council on the many beneficial results of their program, and I would like to thank them for all of their hard work in ensuring the plan’s continued success.



Bernard A. Margolis

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian

“Creating the Future” at the 2012 NYLA Conference

Mark your calendar now! Join the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, State Librarian Bernard Margolis and other library leaders on Friday, November 9 at the New York Library Association’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs!  A discussion about the implementation of Creating the Future will take place from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm.

This program is cosponsored by the State Library, the New York Library Association and the Library Trustees Association of New York State.

For more information about the 2012 NYLA conference, visit:

See you there!