The New York State Library and PULISDO (Public Library System Directors Organization) announced today the publication of an updated 2019 edition of Helpful Information for Meeting Minimum Public Library Standards in New York State. The document is available on the State Library’s website at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/helpful/index.html.

The State Library and PULISDO have designed this new edition of the Helpful Information publication as a helpful guide for librarians, trustees and system personnel in understanding the why, what and how of each standard. Success for all libraries, with improved service for customers, is one of the highest priorities of both the State Library and PULISDO. This new edition of Helpful Information addresses how library boards and directors can achieve both the letter and the spirit of the minimum public library standards.

New York’s public library systems are already providing targeted education programs and customized technical assistance designed to help all of New York’s 756 public and association libraries achieve success in meeting the new “updated” standards by January 1, 2021. The contents of this new publication will assist in that process. Helpful Information is closely aligned with the new 2018 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State (http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/trustees/handbook/index.html). Both publications are invaluable resource tools for trustees, library directors and system personnel.

Under PULISDO’s expert leadership over more than two years, in partnership with the State Library, the New York Library Association, the Library Trustees Association of New York State and the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, and with significant input from library trustees and directors across the State, a set of proposed new minimum standards was developed for presentation to the Board of Regents.  In July 2018, after a 60-day public comment period, the Board of Regents adopted amendments to Commissioner’s Regulation 90.2 Standards for Registration. These amendments became effective as a permanent rule on August 1, 2018.  The current standards will expire on December 31, 2020 and all “new” updated standards will take effect as of January 1, 2021.