Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State
The Plan: 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 | Appendices
(NOTE: .PDF documents are available of the Recommendations by Theme [ 402k] and Sixty Recommendations [ 366k]; See also Priority Recommendations; Results of the 2012 NYLA Conference; The Future of Libraries -- Selected List of Resources)
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On April 19, 2016, Chairperson Claudia Depkin and several members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries met with the Board of Regents Cultural Education Committee and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to discuss how New York’s libraries and library systems are Creating the Future. Cultural Education Committee Chair Regent Roger Tilles, in the spirit of National Library Week, complimented the Council, the State Library and New York’s library community on the strides made during the past four years toward implementing the Council’s recommendations in Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan.
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis spoke about the upcoming 200th birthday celebration of the New York State Library, which will occur on April 21, 2018. Then, 15 of the 17 members of the Board of Regents heard presentations about three exciting and innovative collaborative library initiatives, illustrating the critical importance of library services for New Yorkers of all ages as well as the importance of local, regional and statewide partnerships.
- Julianne Wise, School Librarian, Rochester International Academy and three of her students, with Dr. Colleen Sadowski, Director of School Library System & Media Services, Rochester City School District
- Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director and Ken Behn, Assistant Director, Head of Information Technology, Southern Tier Library System (Painted Post), with Steven Manning, Director, Regional Information Center/Computer Services Center at the Greater Southern Tier BOCES.
- Cristina Pope, Executive Director, Upstate Medical Center Library (Syracuse)
In addition to Regents Advisory Council Chairperson Claudia Depkin and members Steven Manning and Dr. Sadowski, Council members Emily Peterson, and Arlene Way also attended the Regents meeting.
Steven Manning, Brian Hildreth and Ken Behn with Commissioner Elia
Dr. Colleen Sadowski, Regent Norwood, Julianne Wise, students and interpreter from Rochester International Academy, Regent Tilles, Regent Brown and Commissioner Elia
RAC Member Sadowski’s gourmet cupcakes, shared with the Board of Regents and honored guests in celebration of the New York State Library‘s 198 Birthday. The State Legislature created the State Library on April 21, 1818
Cristina Pope, Executive Director of Upstate Medical Center Library in Syracuse speaking about the Healthy Pet Project
Southern Tier Library System updating the Board of Regents on plans for delivering robust high-speed broadband to rural areas through public libraries
Rochester International Academy‘s school librarian Julianne Wise and her award-winning students talk about the importance of school library services to student success
On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology held its first Roundtable discussion in Albany. Hosted by Committee Chairman Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti, the Roundtable’s primary purpose was “to ensure that New York’s Libraries are receiving adequate technological support.”
Committee Chair Abinanti and Committee member Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino were joined by several expert witnesses from New York’s library community. This invitation only discussion forum was designed to examine how the State is currently supporting libraries’ use of 21st Century technology and what libraries and library systems currently need in order to fulfill the technological needs of New Yorkers of all ages.. The primary focus of this Roundtable was on the technology needs of public and academic libraries.
Friday, November 6, 2015: Assembly Committee on Libraries Public Hearing on Funding Public Libraries in New York State
On Friday, November 6, 2015, the Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology held a four-hour public hearing at The New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building in Manhattan. The primary intent of the hearing was for Committee members to learn more about the impact of the 2015-2016 State Budget on library services in New York State. Chair of the Assembly Committee Thomas Abinanti and Assembly Committee members Joseph S. Saladino, Steven Otis, and Michaelle C. Solages heard prepared statements from ten witnesses. The Assembly members were joined on the dais by Andrew L. King, New York City Councilman and Chair of the New York City Council’s Subcommittee on Libraries.
Friday, October 23, 2015, at the NYLA Conference in Lake Placid: Vision 2020 Smackdown II: New York’s Library Systems Foster Innovation -- PowerPoint slide show [.ppsx format; 21.1 Meg]; also in .PDF [7.8 Meg].
At the 2015 NYLA Annual Conference, State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis and Claudia Depkin, Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, woke NYLA members up with a smackdown! Vision 2020 Smackdown II: New York’s Library Systems Foster Innovation was moderated by RAC members Mary Jean Jakubowski and Sara Kelly Johns and attended by over 100 members of New York’s library community. The fast-paced smackdown of 5 minute presentations demonstrated the many ways that New York State’s library systems are fostering innovation in our libraries and communities. The RAC "Smackdown II" presenters included Alicia Abdul, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Deborah Emerson, Mary Fellows, Erica Freudenberger, Margo Gustina & Brian Hildreth, Mary Jean Jakubowski, Sheryl Knab, Sue Kowalski, Joseph Patton, J’aime Pfeiffer, Sue Polos, and Judith Wines. Smackdown II demonstrated the many ways that New York’s libraries and library systems are "Creating the Future."
Presenters from the 2015 NYLA Session
Some of the RAC Smackdown presenters (Front row, l-r): Brian Hildreth, Margo Gustina, Judith Wines, Mary Fellows, Erica Freudenberger, and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich.
Tuesday, October 22, 2015, at the NYLA Conference in Lake Placid: State Education Commissioner Elia's video message to New York State Library Association’s 125th Annual Conference
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm, at the NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs: Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision Update: "The Future is Tomorrow!!" -- RAC Smackdown
Sponsor: The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, Library Trustees Association of New York State, the New York Library Association and the New York State Library/New York State Education Department -- An update on the implementation of Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State.
More than 70 people attended this RAC Smackdown during the 2014 NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs. Attendees heard from John Hammond, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) Chairperson, Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Bernard A. Margolis, State Librarian. John Hammond provided a brief overview about the 2020 Vision and then introduced ten speakers who gave brief overviews of programs and initiatives targeted at implementing one or more of the sixty recommendations in the 2020 Vision.
Jeff Cannell and Bernie Margolis provided a brief wrap-up, recognizing and thanking the presenters for their exciting and innovative initiatives, and noting that their work today, along with the work of hundreds of other library leaders, is helping to create a bright future for library services in New York State. In addition to RAC member Claudia Depkin, of Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, who organized the program, other speakers included:
- Karen Balsen, New York State Library
- Jim Belair, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES SLS
- Jen Cannell, Questar BOCES SLS
- Deirdre Joyce, Central Library Resources Council
- Sue Kowalski, Pine Grove Middle School
- Susan Polos, Mt. Kisco Elementary School
- Marcy Strong, University of Rochester
- Patty Uttaro, Rochester Public Library
- Kerri Willette, METRO
Speakers described exciting local, regional and statewide initiatives by all types of New York State libraries and library systems. Topics included public library early literacy and early learning programs; school library resource sharing and professional development services; academic and special library partnerships on new digital initiatives and much, much more.
See the PowerPoint describing these exciting projects, along with contact information for each of the presenters: PowerPoint slide show [.ppsx format; 27 Meg]; .PDF [2.75 Meg].
Also: Why Ready to Read at New York Libraries? [.pps format; 18.2 Meg]; .PDF [2.73 Meg] and Ready to Read at New York Libraries: an Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program [.pps format; 4.59 Meg]; .PDF [1.09 Meg]; text of the presentation
- Creating the Future in Rochester & Monroe County; prepared by Patricia Uttaro, Director, Rochester Public Library and Monroe County Library System [.PDF only; 238k]
Speakers from the 2014 NYLA Session
Front row L-R: Kerri Willett, Karen Balsen, Jim Belair, Sue Kowalski
Back row L-R: Bernard Margolis, Marcy Strong, Claudia Depkin, Jen Cannell, Deirdre Joyce, Sue Polos, Jeff Cannell, Patti Uttaro
- Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:15-3:30 p.m., at the NYLA Conference in Niagara Falls:
Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision Update. Sponsor: NYSED-NYSL Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, L.T.A. of N.Y.S., An update on Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State.
More than 100 people attended the update on Creating the Future implementation during the 2013 NYLA Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. Attendees heard from John Hammond, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) Chairperson and Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education. John Hammond summarized the outcomes of the June 2013 RAC report to the Board of Regents Cultural Education Committee. In addition RAC members, John Monahan, Mary Muller, and Bridget Quinn-Carey, who chair Creating the Future Implementation Working Groups, reported on progress to date. Sheryl Knab, Director, Western New York Library Resources Council updated attendees on the implementation status of the I2NY report recommendations, which are closely aligned with Creating the Future. Topics included school libraries, public library districts, services to youth and young adults, and academic libraries. Deputy Commissioner Cannell wrapped up the event by discussing immediate next steps in making the recommendations in Creating the Future a reality.
In addition to copies of Creating the Future, program handouts included (in .PDF only, except as noted):
- Program Agenda (; 70k)
- RAC Report to Regents Cultural Education Committee, June 2013
- Proposed Amendments to CR 91.2 Employment of School Library Media Specialist (; 54k)
- Recommendation 27 Proposals (; 180k)
- Status Report on I2NY Initiatives(; 129k)
- Report of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the Board of Regents, June 18, 2013.
- May 4, 2013, 1:45 p.m., at the Library Trustees Association of New York State Trustee Institute in Buffalo: Creating the Future @ Your State Library. Speaker: Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian. The New York State Library plays a critical leadership role in creating a vibrant future for New York's 7,000 libraries. Our own State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis will provide an overview of the New York State Library and its statewide programs and services, as well as discussing future plans for the improvement of libraries and library services that every library trustee should be aware of.
RAC NYLA Conference Program: November 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Saratoga Springs, sponsored by NYSL, NYLA and LTA of NYS. A roundtable discussion / working session on Implementation.
The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries presented a program during the 2012 NYLA Conference centered around Creating the Future implementation. Over 120 members of the library community attended this program. Attendees were separated into groups to discuss the plan's 60 recommendations by library type. Groups determined the following key recommendations, which will be given priority in implementation.
- Mid-Hudson Library System 53rd Annual Meeting, October 19, 2012. The Annual Meeting hosted a panel discussion on the implementation of Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services. An open discussion followed, providing attendees the opportunity to ask the panel questions regarding implementation. More about the meeting
- I2NY Summit: Monday, September 24 & Tuesday, September 25, 2012, Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs. Sponsored by the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. This was an interactive two-day learning and discussion event on meeting the needs and expectations of our constituencies through collaborations.
More about the summit | Download the Report on the I2NY Summit | learn more about I2NY
- New York Alliance of Library Systems Retreat: focusing on the Plan’s recommendations concerning library systems, East Greenbush, August 17.
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- Board of Regents Accepts 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service
- Testimony to the Regents Cultural Education Committee, April 2012
- Developing the 2020 Vision and Plan - Input and Comments from the Library and Education Communities, November 2010 through January 2012
- Second draft for discussion December 2011 | comments received
- First draft for discussion October 2011 | comments received
- Input from Library and Education Communities, March-September 2011
- 2020: What’s Your Vision for Library Services in New York State?; results from November 2010 NYLA Conference Program