Creating the Future at NYLA

The New York State Library invites you to attend the following program at the 2013 New York Library Association Conference in Niagara Falls.

“Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision” Update

Last year the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and the State Library collected your ideas about priorities for implementing “Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State.” This year discover what your colleagues have accomplished and share your own successes and challenges. On Friday, September 27 at 2:15 p.m. in the Cataract Room of the Conference Center, join John Hammond, Chair of Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, and other members of the Regents Advisory Council and library leaders from across the State to hear about implementation progress. Speakers will include: John Hammond, Bernard Margolis, John Monahan, Mary Fellows, Mary Muller, Sheryl Knab, and Bridget Quinn-Carey, among others.

This program is sponsored by the New York State Library, the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, the New York Library Association, and the Library Trustees Association of New York State. For questions about New York State Library programs offered at the New York Library Association Conference in Niagara Falls, September 26-28, 2013, please contact Mary Beth Farr, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library at


The Reinvention of Libraries- Key Takeaways Presentation

Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Internet Project, presents the Project’s latest findings about the changing role of libraries and patrons’ interest in new services. Rainie describes the Project’s research into the way people use mobile devices and social media and how that fits into the larger patterns of their getting, sharing, and creating information.

This exciting and informative presentation is now available in its entirety on Youtube! The video is 59 minutes long. The original presentation was given the Georgia Public Libraries Directors Meeting on May 15, 2013.

I2NY Report Released by NY 3Rs

The New York 3Rs Association has released the I2NY: Envisioning an Information Infrastructure for New York final report. I2NY (New York Information Infrastructure) and its Final Report focuses on how New York libraries can work together to acquire resources and provide better service to library patrons.

The final report identifies the following initiatives as “highest importance”:

• Immediate access to paid electronic journals, e-books, and other materials at the level of best value, and the development of a framework for a united and collaborative statewide group to pursue negotiations with vendors to achieve these access and value goals.

• Development of methods for greater collaboration among libraries of all types, including transactional exchange models, incentives to grow successful local or regional projects statewide, and greater support for the sharing of information about innovative projects and ideas.

• Innovative development and deployment of staff to deal with the new technologies and the changing expectations of users.

• Connecting library services to patron and student outcomes at every level of school and academic libraries, and in public libraries for lifelong learners and researchers.

• Improved communications across all library types through a number of avenues, including continuing the work begun at the I2NY Summit, development of working groups to facilitate particular projects.

This report serves as an excellent starting point to address concerns about the libraries of New York State and to improve collaboration and communication among the libraries. Work groups are being developed to continue work on the initiatives identified by the report.

For more information or to read the full report, visit



Bernard A. Margolis
Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian

UPDATE – The Library in 2020 Will Be. . .


To register for this 4/23 webinar, visit:


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.

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 andChoice 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: