Trustee

Fall 2011

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News from the State Librarian

From the Desk of Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian

Fall 2011 issue of Trustee

I hope that you will join me, recently appointed Education Commissioner John King and the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries at the 2011 New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference in Saratoga Springs November 3-4. Commissioner King will be speaking on Thursday morning about his vision for libraries and library services in New York State and the importance of libraries to his education reform agenda. The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) will be holding an open meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss their 2020 Vision for Library Services and the draft statewide plan for library services. A draft document will be widely disseminated prior to the NYLA Conference, and I encourage you to read it and give RAC your feedback. The final plan will be presented to the Board of Regents in Spring 2012.

As intriguing and important as it is to think about the game-changing opportunities presented by new technologies and to dream about what library services of the future might look like in the cloud, there is also much going on in the here and now in our libraries to meet the very real and present demands of New Yorkers for information and library services.

One exciting and timely development is the wel- come addition of JobNowTM , including the Adult Learning Center, to the online resources available to all New Yorkers through the NOVELNY platform and through their local library. JobNowTM is an innovative online service that provides expert resume help, real-time interview coaching and career advice. There are services to help with every step of a job search. The Adult Learning Center features test preparation (including GED and U.S. citizen- ship preparation), writing assis- tance, and study tools for math, reading and writing. Live, online one-on-one interaction with a tutor
or job coach is available as part of JobNowTM and the Adult Learning Center. Live sessions can be conducted in English or Spanish.

All libraries in New York may link to JobNowTM and the Adult Learning Center product through the novelnewyork.org site: http://novelnewyork.org . All New Yorkers also have access directly to JobNowTM through the nov- elnewyork.org site by using their New York State driver license or non-driver ID. JobNow and the Adult Learning Center are products of Brainfuse www.brainfuse.com. JobNow is made possible through a $9.5 million federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant awarded to the New York State Library http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/nybbexpress/index.html

I invite you to check out JobNowTM and encour- age your library’s customers to make full use of it! If your library is looking to expand its resources and services for jobseekers and career changers, you might also want to visit the State Library’s webpage “Job and Career Information in New York’s Public Libraries” at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/outreach/careers.htm


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