Fall 2012

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News from the State Librarian

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

Fall 2012 issue of Trustee

Creating the Future and the New York Library Association’s Annual Conference


Join me, along with the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and other library leaders, at the New York Library Association’s 2012 annual conference in Saratoga Springs. We will discuss the next steps for New York’s new statewide plan for library services, Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State; Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents.  The plan is currently being implemented across the state, and this meeting will provide an opportunity for the library community to discuss strategies for putting the plan’s sixty recommendations into action. This NYLA conference program will take place on Friday, November 9 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM.


If you are interested in learning more about Creating the Future, visit the new Creating the Future webpage at, and check out the plan’s new blog at In addition, you can also join a LinkedIn conversation at

This year’s NYLA conference will also provide me with an opportunity to reconnect with the library community and discuss issues related to the current information environment. Join me for this conversation on Friday, November 9 from 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM.


The New York State Library is also offering two other NYLA programs on Friday, November 9 from 3:45PM to 5:00 PM.  The State Library, Mid York Library System, Clinton Essex Franklin Library System, Baldwinsville Public Library, and New Rochelle Public Library will present a program focused on strengthening job search and workforce development services in public libraries.  In the same time slot, State Library staffer Paul Mercer will offer a program highlighting one of the State Library’s unique and rare treasures: the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.


You will have a special opportunity when leaving Saratoga Springs to visit the State Library at the State’s Cultural Education Center in Albany to view the original Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation which will be ending an eight city tour to commemorate its issuance 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation will be on public view on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10th. Plan on visiting (it’s free!).


Additional information on these featured programs, along with a complete schedule for this year’s NYLA conference can be found at:


Hope to see you in Saratoga Springs!

Bernard A. Margolis

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