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[NYLINE] April 21, 2016

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 .