For more information on LSTA funding and New York State,
visit these websites:
New York State Library
Bernard A. Margolis
State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries
Cultural Education Center
Albany, New York 12230
Phone: (518) 474-5930
Fax: (518) 486-6880
LSTA Funds at Work in New York
In addition to supporting statewide initiatives such as NOVELNY and Summer Reading at New York Libraries, LSTA funds are also used to support the following statewide initiatives and programs:
- Advancing Library Technology Services: The New York State Library partnered with the New York State Broadband Program Office, the Universal Service Administrative Company, the 23 public library systems and the New York Library Association in improving technology services in libraries to ensure that all NY libraries are given the opportunity to increase their broadband connections and take advantage of E-Rate discounts. With ongoing assistance, 329 libraries in 29 library systems received $9.5 million in E-Rate discounts in 2014. State Library staff continue to provide technical assistance regarding ibrary technology issues with the result that in 2014 the percentage of 1074 public library buildings with connection speeds less than 1.5Mbps dropped from 4.67% to 3% while library buildings with speeds greater than 10Mbps increased from 43.14% to 50%, with 3% having a fiber connection of 100Mbps or greater.
- Advancing Early Literacy Skills: Ready to Read at New York Libraries is a statewide early literacy program created to provide New York’s public libraries with the resources and expertise to raise the level of early literacy for young children, families and caregivers. Through the development of a training plan, public library staff are trained by a Training Cohort composed of expert early literacy trainers. The New York State Library has also developed two websites: Ready to Read at New York Libraries to make literacy information and resources available to all New Yorkers; and DayByDayNY, which includes songs, e-books, activities, videos, arts and crafts and other materials designed to provide early learning resources that are both enjoyable and educational.
- Advancing Digitization and Preservation Services: The New York State Library serves as a central repository for New York State publications and distributes public documents through the New York State Document Distribution Program. Publications are received from the legislative, executive and judicial branches, commissions, public authorities and other state agencies. The State Library digitizes these documents and other historical materials making them available to the public via the Internet. The State Library, as part of its partnership with the Empire State Digital Network, has added the State Library’s metadata for part of its digital collections to the Digital Library of America.
- Advancing the Accessibility of New York History Materials: The New York State Library continues to expand and strengthen access to New York State historical documents and genealogical materials to New Yorkers statewide and beyond. Throughout the year, State Library staff catalog collections, create finding aids and conduct workshops on the use of manuscript materials. State Library staff also create exhibits both in the State Library and in the State Capitol that highlight lesser-known items in the State Library’s collection as well as widely known items such as those connected to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Kennedy assassination. State Library staff, in partnership with various community groups, also hold a series of public programs throughout the year regarding historical events that happened in New York State.