News from the State Library

From the Desk of Carol Ann Desch, Coordinator of Statewide Library Services, New York State Library With the start of a new legislative session, it’s a good time to discuss why advocacy is important. Simply put, advocacy is sharing your story. Libraries have many wonderful stories to share, but the most important one is that [...]

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DLD Standards: State Library and Pulsdo Announce 2019 Edition OF Minimum Public Library Standards Publication

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 [...]

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New York State Public Library Construction Needs Now Total $1.7 Billion

State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today the results of a new statewide survey documenting construction and renovation needs of more than $1.7 billion over the next four years for 743 public library facilities, including neighborhood branches. The survey report “Estimated 2017 to 2020 New York State Public Library Construction Needs” is now available on the State […]

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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.   The New York Evening Post is considered to be the 13th oldest newspaper published in the United States.  It was established by Alexander Hamilton […]

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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 […]

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