And the 6 millionth page is…

The New York State Historic Newspaper Project loaded its six-millionth page earlier this month when it posted page 4 of the November 15, 1865 edition of the New York Evening Post.

  and the 6 millionth page is...

The New York Evening Post is considered to be the 13th oldest newspaper published in the United States.  It was established by Alexander Hamilton in 1801, and mainly covered New York City and its surrounding area.

The New York State Historic Newspaper project provides the Post’s years 1832-1878, with additional years forthcoming.  The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library at

​ New York University provided microfilm for the digitization of the Post.​

The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York’s unique history.  It is in its third year of operation and receives more than one million page views every month.

The project was created by the Northern New York Library Network and is administered by the Network in partnership with the Empire State Library Network.

Libraries and archives that wish to participate should contact John Hammond (, Project Manager, or any of the nine regional library councils that participate in the project.

The Project thanks New York University for its donation of the use of microfilm.

John Hammond, Executive Director
Northern New York Library Network, a member of Empire State Library Network
6721 US HWY 11
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 265-111

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NYLA 2016 Legislative Session Recap

The 2016 Legislative Session finally wrapped up in the early hours of June 17th. Each Legislative Session and annual state budget process presents its own unique political, policy, and economic challenges, but this year was particularly difficult to navigate. Together with library advocates from across New York State, NYLA met these challenges head-on, and secured a third consecutive year of impressive, hard-won victories.

FY 2016-17 NYS Budget
This year’s enacted state budget and companion legislative resolutions for targeted aid will provide approximately $22M in new funding for libraries. This represents the largest single-year increase in state appropriations for libraries, and places total state allocations for libraries and library programs at nearly $135M in FY2016-17 – an unprecedented level.

  • State Library Aid.  Funding for the State Library Aid program will be $95.6M in FY2016-17. NYLA worked to secure a $4M increase in funding over what Governor Cuomo contemplated in his Executive Budget proposal, bringing total funding for the State Library Aid program to its highest level since 2009-10. The 4.3% increase in State Library Aid is on par with the 4.4% increase in school foundation aid. In the two years since we implemented our messaging strategy of “Libraries Are Education”, State Library Aid has increased in proportion to increases in school foundation aid. 


  • State Library Construction Aid.  Funding for the State Library Construction Aid program will be $19M in FY2016-17, which includes a $5M increase over what Governor Cuomo proposed. This is the first funding increase for the Construction Aid program in nearly a decade, and is the largest allocation this program has ever received. 


  • MTA Payroll Tax Reimbursement.  Libraries and Library Systems that paid MTA Payroll Taxes in FY2015-16 will receive a $1.3M reimbursement in FY2016-17. Last year, NYLA worked to secure a permanent exemption from these taxes that took effect on January 1st, 2016. This will be the last year the reimbursement payment is necessary.


  • Senate “Bullet Aid” for Libraries and Library Systems.  The NYS Senate again allocated $25M to provide targeted aid for “certain school districts, public libraries, and not-for-profit institutions.” In Senate Resolution 6507, more than $4.9M was awarded to 541 libraries. Both numbers represent significant increases from last year, when 460 libraries received a total of $3.69M in Bullet Aid. 


  • Senate funding for NYS Economic Development Assistance Program.  The NYS Senate provided $5.03M in Senate Resolution 6508 to continue and institute funding for projects at 18 libraries and library systems. This represents an increase of approximately $500,000 over last year.


  • Assembly funding for NYS Capital Assistance Program.  The NYS Assembly provided $8.875M to several libraries under the state Capital Assistance Program in Assembly Resolution 1603. These awards ranged from $6M for Queens Library to $375,000 for New York Public Library.

NYLA Legislative Priorities
NYLA’s legislative priorities are devised by the Legislative Committee and NYLA Council, and set multi-year advocacy goals to benefit each library type. Recent successes – including the aforementioned MTA Tax Exemption, as well as nation-leading legislation on E-book access – have allowed us to focus on more complex, politically difficult issues. We will continue to work on these bills going forward.

This legislation would allow individual local libraries to pool capital projects through NYLA in order to secure financing from the Dormitory Authority of New York State (DASNY). This legislation successfully passed the Senate, but stalled in the Assembly during the final days of the legislative session.

  • Ensure Access to School Libraries and School Librarians – S.3931 Farley / A.6784-A Solages
    This legislation would require every elementary and secondary school in NYS to provide students with a school library staffed by a certified School Library Media Specialist. Currently, there is no such requirement for elementary schools, and secondary schools are required only SED regulations. During this legislative session, we worked with Assemblywoman Solages to sponsor this bill in the Assembly. NYLA also worked with SLSA to undertake a census of librarians by school building to gauge the potential impacts of the legislation. We will continue to educate the legislature and develop the best strategy to advance this important bill. 


  • Taxpayer Access to Publicly-Funded Research - S.3952 Farley / A.1878 Hevesi
    This legislation would require any New York State-funded research that is published in peer‐reviewed journals to be made publicly available online after one year. This bill would bring NYS in line with the federal standards employed by the National Institute of Health, and the State of California. This bill has faced concerted opposition for several years, though NYLA has worked on this legislation only during the last two years. We will seek new sponsorship in both houses in the upcoming session. 

NYLA-Monitored Legislation
During the course of a legislative session, NYLA works on additional legislation that is not part of our official legislative agenda, but will impact the library community. NYLA worked on or closely monitored the following bills this session.

  • Maintenance & Use of Opioid Antagonists – S.7860 Amedore / A.10364 Gottfried
    This legislation was written by NYLA after fielding reports of opioid overdoses in several libraries, and was introduced by Senator Amedore at our request. Governor Cuomo signed this bill into law on June 22nd. The law permits public libraries to maintain Narcan kits, and permits any library employee to voluntarily, after receiving training, administer Narcan to anyone suffering an opioid overdose in the library. NYLA is currently working with the State Department of Health on guidance for libraries. It is important to note that the law’s provisions are strictly optional – no library or library employee is required to participate. 


  • Authorize all Libraries to Access DASNY Financing – S.7358 Farley / A.9752-A Brennan
    This legislation was introduced at DASNY’s request by Assemblyman Brennan, and Senator Farley sponsored in the Senate. Currently, any library that wants to explore public financing through DASNY is required to obtain special legislation; this bill would provide blanket authorization for all libraries. This bill is complimentary to the DASNY bill on NYLA’s Legislative Priorities, but they are not co-dependent. This legislation passed the Senate, but stalled in the Assembly. 

One Last Thing…
The close of this legislative session marked the end of an era in the New York State Senate, and in the library community at large – State Senator Hugh T. Farley announced he will not seek re-election to the Senate this November. Senator Farley served 40 distinguished years in the State Senate as a consistent advocate for two constituencies – the voters of the 49th Senate District, and the New York State library community. During the last four decades he sponsored every significant piece of library-related legislation and worked to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars in library funding. He will be greatly missed, but left a well-worn path of success for us to follow.

The support of NYLA members make these successful outcomes possible, and we thank you for your continued support. Did you know NYLA also has an Advocacy Fund? Your support allows NYLA to amplify our message and be heard in Albany. Donations to NYLA are tax-deductible.

To make a donation to NYLA’s Advocacy Fund, please click here.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Jeremy Johannesen
Executive Director
New York Library Association
6021 State Farm Road
Guilderland, NY 12084
518-432-6952 Ext. 101
518-427-1697 FAX

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Adding Classes and Content, Resurgent Libraries Turn a Whisper Into a Roar


“Far from becoming irrelevant in the digital age, libraries in New York City and around the nation are thriving: adding weekend and evening hours; hiring more librarians and staff; and expanding their catalog of classes and services to include things like job counseling, coding classes and knitting groups.”

Also in the article: “Nationally, public libraries are redefining their mission at a time when access to technology, and the ability to use it, is said to deepen class stratification, leaving many poor and disadvantaged communities behind. Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association, said library workers had shown people how to file online for welfare benefits and taught classes in science, technology, engineering and math to children who could not afford to go to summer camps.

‘All libraries are having a renaissance,’ Ms. Feldman said. ‘ We’re seeing that libraries have really stepped up to take on roles that are needed in a community.’

New York City’s 217 public libraries have rebounded in the past two years amid an infusion of city dollars, after years of budget and service cuts. An outpouring of support from library lovers has served as a reminder that the institutions are a crucial part of many lives.”

The article ends: “In New York City, there is somebody using library materials every second, every day of the year,” Mr. Zabriskie said. 'It’s showing that libraries are the fabric of society.”

Excerpts only, read the full article here: york-city- libraries.html

“A version of this article appears in print on July 5, 2016, on page A19 of the New York edition with the headline: Resurgent City Libraries Turn a Whisper Into a Roar”

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Great piece in the New York Times about New York City public libraries: york-city- libraries.html

New York State Library Launches Summer Reading Program


The New York State Library, partnering with 1,100 main public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide, announced the launch of “Summer Reading at New York Libraries”, the 2016 New York State summer reading program. The free, annual program gives children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.

Last year, nearly two million children and teens statewide participated in the summer reading program. Participants receive reading lists and engage in educational activities at their local libraries. At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement.

“Studies show that children’s literacy skills are strengthened when they read during the summer,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “It’s important that students don’t lose the learning gains they made during the school year due to the ‘summer slide’. Our summer reading program puts books in children’s hands and is offered free of charge at hundreds of libraries throughout the state. I encourage all students to participate in a free summer reading program in their community and discover the joys of reading.”

“The Board of Regents and I encourage students across New York to participate in summer   reading programs at their local public libraries,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “The Summer Reading at New York Libraries program, supported by the State Library in conjunction with our partners in the State Assembly and Senate, is an excellent resource for students. Summer reading programs put books in the hands of thousands of children and helps students build reading skills, prevent summer learning loss, and prepare for a successful school year.”

“As a former teacher, I know how important it is to encourage students to continue reading during the summer months,” said Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “The Summer Reading Program gives children a chance to learn, explore and discover new things in a good book.  I hope students and parents take advantage of this great program and all the tremendous opportunities available at our public libraries.”

“The annual summer reading program is a great resource for both our parents and students,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.  “I would encourage them to take advantage of this great program by visiting many of the participating local libraries around the state.”

“The State Library’s summer reading program is a wonderful initiative that benefits children throughout the state,” said Senator Hugh T. Farley, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries.  “The program connects families with their local libraries and helps excite and challenge children.  By encouraging kids to read, this program can help instill a love of reading while also enabling students to improve their reading skills over the summer.”

“Summertime is a good time to improve our physical and mental fitness,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Educational Technology. “With school out, reading and learning shouldn’t stop. The summer reading program is fun and is great exercise for the mind.”

For more information about “Summer Reading at New York Libraries”, please visit or


Follow the Commissioner on Twitter: @NYSEDNews

Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award Applications

DUE AUGUST 1, 2016

Claudia Depkin, Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, announced today that applications are being accepted for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award and will be due on August 1, 2016.  The 2016 Award Committee members are Steve Manning, Claudia Depkin, and Ann Thornton.

The Award will recognize a New York State library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users.  As in past years, an award of $1,000 will be given to the winner along with a plaque at the annual New York Library Association conference in the Fall.

Projects nominated for the Award should document measurable progress in identifying user needs, taking steps to meet those needs, and evaluating the results.  All types of libraries are eligible to apply (academic, public, school and special).  Previous applicants are encouraged to apply, and previous winners of the Award may apply after 3 years.

For more information about the Shubert Award and the application form, please go to or contact Paula Paolucci in the State Librarian’s office at (518) 474-5930 or via e-mail at  We are asking that Applications be sent electronically and must be received by August 1.


Paula Paolucci, New York State Library
Phone:  (518) 474-5930

INVITATION – Summer Reading at New York Libraries Presentation at the Monday June 13 Board of Regents Meeting


June 9, 2016

Directors of Library Systems in New York State

Directors of Public and Association Libraries in New York State

Public Library System Youth Services Consultants

Dear Colleagues -

Thank you for your continued support of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, the statewide summer reading program.

We’re writing today to inform you that there will be a presentation about the statewide summer reading program at the Board of Regents meeting in Albany on Monday, June 13. The presentation will take place during the 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Full Board meeting. The Full Board meeting will be webcast.  A link to the webcast will be available the morning of June 13 at the following website:

We invite you to watch the presentation and join us in launching the 2016 statewide summer reading program.

The State Education Department will also be posting tweets throughout the presentation on their Twitter account: @NYSEDNews. We encourage systems and member libraries to retweet the summer reading posts and help promote the importance of summer reading. Please also share your photos and tweets about the summer reading program in your systems and libraries throughout the summer by tagging the Department’s Twitter handle @NYSEDNews.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Please contact Sharon Phillips, Coordinator, Summer Reading at New York Libraries at

We look forward to another successful summer reading season!
Thank you,

Bernard A. Margolis

State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries

New York State Library

New York State Education Department

NYSL and LTA Offer June 2 Webinar: Building for Your Future: Public Library Renovation and Construction from Dream to Dedication

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[NYLINE] NYSL and LTA Offer June 2 Webinar: Building for Your Future: Public Library Renovation and Construction from Dream to Dedication

On Thursday, June 2 from 10 am to 11 am, the New York State Library and the Library Trustees Association of New York State will offer a webinar by Jerry Nichols entitled, "Building for Your Future: Public Library Renovation and Construction from Dream to Dedication."  With more than four decades of experience, Mr. Nichols has been involved in over 60 public library construction, expansion and renovation projects as a project manager, library director, library system director and building consultant.  This webinar will introduce trustees to the basics of team building, planning, design, politics, finance and construction.

Mr. Nichols is the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and retired Director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Past Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, Mr. Nichols is also the author of the “Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, 2015 Edition” (

The primary audience for this webinar is trustees, but others are welcome to attend. The webinar will count ascontinuing education for New York State Public Librarian Certification.

The URL for the trustee webinar session is

Event password:  trustees16

Registration is required.

The pc requirements for WebEx are listed here:

To test your pc ahead of time you may run a test session at

The webinar will be archived on the State Library's website at a future date. Please see for information on upcoming webinars and access to archived webinars.

If you have questions regarding this webinar please contact Amy Heebner, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at 518-474- 4883 or

New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries Meets with Board of Regents

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Claudia Depkin, Chairperson of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries announced today that information about the Council’s April 19 presentation to the Board of Regents and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, including a PowerPoint slideshow and photos is now posted on the State Library’s website at: .

Cultural Education Committee Chair Regent Roger Tilles led the meeting, and in the spirit of National Library Week noted the strides that New York’s libraries and library systems have made during the past four years towards implementing the Council’s recommendations in Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan. He also noted the importance of library services for all New Yorkers, in particular for P-12 students.   He complimented library leaders on the many exciting collaborative efforts underway in New York to engage local communities and forge new partnerships. 

State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis spoke about the New York State Library’s plans for its upcoming 200th birthday celebration in 2018.  Ms. Depkin introduced the presenters, who discussed three exciting and innovative collaborative library initiatives with the Regents, illustrating the critical importance of library services for New Yorkers of all ages as well as the importance of local, regional and statewide partnerships.

Topics included innovative school library services for P-12 international students; bringing robust high-speed broadband to rural communities through public libraries and the positive impact of the library-initiated Healthy Pet Project on the health habits of program participants of all ages. Presenters included:

  • Julianne Wise, School Librarian, Rochester International Academy and three of her students, with Dr. Colleen Sadowski, Director of School Library System & Media Services, Rochester City School District
  • Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director and Ken Behn, Assistant Director, Head of Information Technology, Southern Tier Library System (Painted Post), with Steven Manning, Director, Regional Information Center/Computer Services Center at the Greater Southern Tier BOCES.
  • Cristina Pope, Executive Director, Upstate Medical Center Library (Syracuse)


In addition to Regents Advisory Council Chairperson Claudia Depkin and members Steven Manning and Dr. Sadowski, Council members Emily Peterson and Arlene Way also attended the Regents meeting.

Questions about the Regents meeting and the Powerpoint slideshow may be directed to Claudia Depkin at Contact information for each of the presenters is listed in the Powerpoint. Questions about the State Library’s 200th birthday celebration may be directed to the State Librarian’s Office at .