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 http://www.ny3rs.org/i2ny-2/

Bernie

 

Bernard A. Margolis
Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian

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UPDATE – The Library in 2020 Will Be. . .

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To register for this 4/23 webinar, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TDDT2S2

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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: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=12569.    

State Librarian Endorses “Empire State Information Fluency Continuum”

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 ppaolucc@mail.nysed.gov.

 

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!

Bernie

Bernard A. Margolis

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian

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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 (marymuller207@gmail.com), or Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System (mary@uhls.lib.ny.us).  Thank you!

Mary Muller & Mary Fellows

Pennsylvania Study Concludes School Librarians Boost Student Achievement

A recent article in School Library Journal, titled Latest Study: A Full-Time School Librarian Makes a Critical Difference in Boosting Student Achievement, discusses a study finding that school libraries and librarians have a positive impact on student achievement.

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA), Education Law Center (ELC) and Health Sciences Library Consortium were awarded a National Leadership research grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this study. By analyzing the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), which measures reading, writing, math, and science achievement for schoolchildren, this study determined that “reading and writing scores are better for students who have a full-time certified librarian than those who don’t.” Research showed that having a school librarian affected writing scores more than reading scores, indicating that writing scores may be a better indicator of a student’s understanding of 21st Century Learner and Pennsylvania/Common Core Standards.

Since the PSSA “maintains separate test scores for subgroups of students who are economically disadvantaged, black, Hispanic, and have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs),” researchers were also able to analyze the affects of a full-time school librarian on these populations. Findings show that these students befitted proportionally more than other students, indicating that school libraries and librarians can play a major role in closing the achievement gap.

When the study initially began, researchers discovered that many lawmakers were ignorant to the struggles facing school libraries in that many did not know that schools were not required to have libraries, while others were unaware of how quickly school library programs were being cut. This led researchers to conclude that the role of the school librarian in sharing these findings and advocating for full-time positions is necessary to increase student achievement.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.slj.com/2013/03/research/librarian-required-a-new-study-shows-that-a-full-time-school-librarian-makes-a-critical-difference-in-boosting-student-achievement/

State Librarian Update Number 11 Released

The latest State Librarian Update, Number 11 is now available at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/library/about/updates/20130327.htm. In this update, I discuss everything from State Budget news, the “EveryoneON” national ad campaign, E-rate news, public library charters and the best library schools!

You’ll also find out how your library or system can submit an application for the $1,000 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award. Apply by June 14!

Enjoy!

Bernie

 

Bernard A. Margolis

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian

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 pmarino@ala-choice.org.

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: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=12569.