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.
Bernard A. Margolis
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 http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=281&MenuKey=conf_info
Hope to see you there!
Bernard A. Margolis
Bernard A. Margolis, the State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, has officially endorsed the “Empire State Information Fluency Continuum.”
The “Empire State Information Fluency Continuum,” developed by the New York City School Library System, is aligned to the New York State Board of Regents Common Core Learning Standards. It provides a K-12 framework for library programs in an effort to provide students with the skills necessary to become independent readers and learners, and is a crucial tool for improving information literacy.
Margolis stated that the Continuum, ”has already become the standard which defines information literacy and helps to define the inquiry skills essential for student success,” and commented that he is, “pleased with the enormous effort demonstrated by the work of school librarians on the Information Fluency Continuum and honored to join those endorsing this essential effort.”
Margolis joins the New York Library Association, the School Library Systems Association of New York State, Inc. and many individual school library systems in his endorsement of the Information Fluency Continuum. He recommends that the Benchmark Skills for Grades K – 12 Assessments/Common Core Alignment receive the widest distribution. To view this document, visit: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/1A931D4E-1620-4672-ABEF-460A273D0D5F/0/EmpireStateIFC.pdf.
The Continuum is also now available through the State Education Department’s EngageNY website at http://engageny.org/resource/selection-of-authentic-texts-for-common-core-instruction-guidance-and-a-list-of-resources, where you can click on the link for NYS School Library Systems Association, https://nyslsa-schoollibrarians-elamodules.wikispaces.com/. EngageNY can now also be accessed through the NOVELNY website, http://novelnewyork.org/, and NOVELNY is accessible from EngageNY. In addition, the Continuum has also been posted to the State Library website at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/slssap/index.html
To read more about the State Librarian’s official endorsement of the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/slssap/letter.htm. For more information, contact the Office of the State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following letter was sent to Rebecca Gerald, President of the School Library System Association:
January 24, 2013
Dear Ms. Gerald:
I have had the opportunity to review, at length, the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum. This comprehensive tool, developed by the New York City Department of Education/Office of Library Services School Library System and adopted and endorsed by the School Library Systems Association of New York State, has already become the standard which defines information literacy and helps to define the inquiry skills essential for student success.
The New York Library Association has added its endorsement to the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum. I am pleased to join with you and the individual school library systems which have already endorsed this important Continuum. The Benchmark Skills for Grades K – 12 Assessments/Common Core Alignment require the widest distribution and will be critical to the use of curriculum resources to plan the Common Core lessons necessary to develop student learning objectives. I am pleased with the enormous effort demonstrated by the work of school librarians on the Information Fluency Continuum and honored to join those endorsing this essential effort.
Bernard A. Margolis
Bernard A. Margolis
Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian