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


New IMLS Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in Preparing Young Children for Success

Growing Young Minds, a new report released by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) highlights several New York libraries and museums! The report offers several examples of how libraries and museums are partnering with schools and parents to encourage the development of skills necessary for a lifetime of learning. The report also discusses ten key ways libraries and museums are helping to develop a strong start for young children’s learning with concrete examples of programs that are already in place in museums and libraries around the country.

The report also presents a list of recommendations for federal policy makers, state policy makers, communities, districts, schools, museums and libraries, parents, and funders to increase awareness and access to early learning programs at museums and libraries and to ensure the development of new early learning programs.

The full report may be found at

Become a Youth Services Champion for “Creating the Future”

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 (, or Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System (  Thank you!

Mary Muller & Mary Fellows

Research from the New York Comprehensive Center supports Public Libraries as Centers for Lifelong Learning

November, 2012

The New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC) has released a new publication entitled Public Libraries Informational Brief: Impact of Public Libraries on Students and Lifelong Learners. This publication focuses on the positive effects public libraries have on people of all ages, beginning with early childhood literacy and continuing on to lifelong learning opportunities, highlighting the many stages in between.  It analyzes and summarizes current research and reports about the impact of public libraries on learning in New YorkState and beyond.

This document joins NYCC’s previous work, Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement, in a series. These briefs were prepared by NYCC in consultation with the New York State Education Department and the New York State Library. Both documents are aligned with the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda.

To read the full brief on public libraries, visit:

To read the Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement visit:

For more information about NYCC, visit:


Bernard A. Margolis

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian