Fall 2010

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News from the State Librarian

From the Desk of Bernard A. Margolis, State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries

Fall 2010 issue of Trustee

One of my top priorities when I became State Librarian in January 2009 was to significantly improve communications between the State Library and the library community – and particularly to improve communications with library trustees.  Timely and clear communications about pertinent state and local issues will help us all as we guide our libraries through these challenging economic times.


With that priority in mind, I asked the State Library staff to create NYLINE-T, a new e-mail list that will be used by me to communicate directly with the some 6,300 trustees governing our State’s 755 public and association libraries and 23 public library systems.  NYLINE-T is a closed, confidential “announce only” list.  Hopefully by the time you read this message, you will have received a welcome message from NYLINE-T.  If you have not, and would like to be added to the list, please send your name and email address to Andrew Mace, NYLINE-T Listowner at . I look forward to communicating with you in the coming year!


I hope many of you are planning to attend the 2010 New York Library Association Conference in Saratoga Springs from November 4-6. The State Library, along with the Library Trustees Association of New York State and NYLA is cosponsoring a number of exciting programs. There are two in particular I recommend:


• Thursday November 4, 3:15 pm - 2020: What’s Your Vision for Library Services in New York State? Join your colleagues in developing a future vision for what library services should look like in 2020.  What services will New Yorkers expect from their academic, public, school, and special libraries?  Roberta Stevens, President of the American Library Association and Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chairperson of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, will lead this important session.


• Friday November 5, 10:30 am – Meet Commissioner of Education David M. Steiner  who will discuss the critical roles that libraries can play within his comprehensive agenda for education reform in New York State, followed by a Q and A session.


And finally, I would like to invite you to expand your social network by joining the State Library’s new Facebook page for the NOVELNY databases project.  The page has basic information about the statewide database program, and has links to the NOVELNY Website for additional information.  Facebook users began “Like”-ing the page within minutes of the e-mail announcements being sent out, and by the following morning 157 additional fans of the page were added! The page can be accessed at:  I encourage you to share this new page with your colleagues, friends, family members and neighbors!  We want all New Yorkers to know about the fabulous electronic resources freely available to them 24/7 through NOVELNY and through their local public library!

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