Trustee

Summer 2009

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News from the State Library

From the Office of the State Librarian

Summer 2009 issue of Trustee

Many of you had the opportunity to meet our New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernie Margolis at the 2009 Trustee Institute in Syracuse or during his travels around the State.  For those of you who have not yet met Bernie and who are interested in what’s been going on in New York since he started his job in January 2009,  you might want to visit the State Library website where he posts regular updates for the library community.   Just go to: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/library/about/statelibrarian.htm.   If you would like to receive Bernie’s email updates directly, sign up for NYSALB’s  Trustee Discussion Group.   Instructions on how to sign up are posted at http://www.nysalb.org/ .

New Job Seeking Website
Throughout the state, New York’s public libraries are helping job seekers navigate a wealth of online job resources. The State Library has recently partnered with the Department of Labor to create a website that showcases many of the library and information centers people use in their employment searches.  Visit:
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/outreach/careers.htm

 

New York State Library Broadband Summit A Big Success!
The New York State Library, partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, hosted a tremendously successful statewide Broadband Summit on June 3 and 4 at the Sagamore Conference Center in Bolton Landing as part of the State Library’s participation in the Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Broadband Grant Program.  New York State is one of seven pilot states for this important program. The purpose of the summit, which was attended by some 280 people was to develop a sustainability plan that will enable New York State libraries to better serve New Yorkers with improved high-speed broadband connectivity. 

The keynote speaker was Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, CIO and Director, NYS Governor’s Office for Technology.

The Summit brought together public libraries, public library systems, library leaders, other local and state level influencers, vendors and state agencies with the objective of making the general public and state lawmakers aware of the need for adequate broadband in New York’s public libraries.  Some outcomes of the Summit are:

•Public libraries and influencers were able to collaborate around the need for improved connectivity and explore approaches towards sustainability

•Public libraries explored strategies to fund and sustain improved connectivity and now better understand how their role would fit into a statewide strategic broadband plan

•Strategic plans were discussed in order to plan for statewide infrastructure for improved broadband

•Tools were developed to communicate the importance of improved connectivity to NY State constituents, including policy makers.

More information about the New York State Library’s participation in the Opportunity Online Broadband Grant Program is found at:  http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/gateslib/broadbnd/

Summit reports, videos and other materials available at http://opportunityonline.org/snapshots/new_york/

Informal observations about the Broadband Summit are also available on the blog of Regents Advisory Council on Libraries member Jill Hurst-Wahl at:  http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com/2009/06/for-new-yorkers-opportunity-online.html
http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com/2009/06/for-new-yorker-opportunity-online-day-2.html

State Library Needs Your Help - Bringing High Speed Broadband to New York’s Public Libraries!

Is your library’s bandwidth currently maxed out?  Are your public access computers getting slower every day?  Are your patrons complaining about not being able to view videos without annoying delays?  Are you dreaming about the day when your library can go fiber?  Are you interested in pursuing federal broadband stimulus funds for your library?  If you would like to work with the State Library and others on efforts to bring high speed broadband connectivity to all of New York’s public libraries, please send an email to bband@mail.nysed.gov.


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