Fall 2013

The Trustee communicates issues affecting libraries and library services. Once a library and systems join LTA, all their trustees automatically receive this quarterly publication published by LTA. To learn more about membership in LTA, Click Here.

News from the State Librarian

Fall 2013 issue of Trustee

What’s New at Your State Library?

Creating the Future

Implementation is under way! (See what library trustees can do to help on page six of this issue of the Trustee.)  Visit (  

NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library)

Use continues to soar with over 5,600 libraries participating statewide and more than 67 million searches in 2013, an increase of 11% from 2012! With the addition of “Opposing Viewpoints In Context” use is expected to explode in 2014!  With geolocation New Yorkers can now easily access all of the NOVELNY resources without a password from their library, home, school, or work.  And NOVELNY is now on EngageNY! ( Check out the many databases freely available to New York libraries and residents at

Trustee Webinars from your State Library

Mark your calendar for Friday November 8, from 10 to 11 am for “Basic Library Law for Trustees” presented by Trustee Handbook editor Jerry Nichols and co-sponsored by LTA. For information on how to access this upcoming webinar, as well as to view archived webinars of interest to library trustees, visit the State Library website at .

Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core

The 2013-14 school year sees the full integration of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) in New York schools. The State Education Department and its Office of Cultural Education (which includes the State Library) offered a well-received conference for some 300 library staff and other cultural educators in Albany in August 2013. Plans are underway to hold regional meetings around the state to continue the work begun at the conference and for a second statewide conference in August 2014. To learn more about the conference and to see presentation materials, please visit the blog at:

Ready to Read at Libraries

Improving public library early learning programs is a key recommendation in Creating the Future.  Plans are under way to enhance the quality of public library programs and services for our youngest New Yorkers and their families and caregivers.  Visit to read about planning to date, and to find out more about this new statewide program coming in 2014!

Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Science is the 2014 theme and the slogan is “Fizz! Boom! Read!”   teams up with libraries in 47 other states in a national Collaborative Summer Library Program ( libdev/summer/index.html). Resources for teens and those who work with teens are available on the TeenNY facebook page Find out more about the 2014 Teen Video Challenge competition at!

Spotlight on Digital Literacy and Gigabit Libraries

2013 is the year of digital inclusion, digital literacy and high-speed broadband! Visit the State Library’s new Digital Literacy webpage to find out more about national and state initiatives and multiple online toolkits and resources designed to help public libraries shine as community anchors and technology hubs . Find information about EveryoneOn, ConnectEd, Connect2Compete,, the Edge Initiative, the IMPACT Survey, US Ignite, and so much more!

For even more information about your New York State Library and its wonderful array of statewide programs and services, I encourage you to visit the NYSL 101: Getting to Know Your State Library webpage at (

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