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
- Brooklyn Public Library launched the Virtual Reference Enhancement Project with the goals of meeting the public’s growing demand for e-mail and chat reference services and increasing the number of librarians with the knowledge and skills to address this need. The Library conducted 44 virtual reference trainings on chat reference protocol for 106 librarians from 35 branches, and added new virtual reference access points on the Library’s website and Facebook page.
- Through Small Libraries Mean Business, 33 rural member libraries in the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System collaborated with the North Country Small Business Development Center for the purpose of helping their member libraries learn to respond effectively to business demands from small business owners, non-profit organizations, government entities, and the general public.
- The quality of training provided by experts in the field of digitization allowed participants in Long Island Memories to develop projects, scan, and create metadata that made historical materials available to researchers, students, teachers and the general public throughout the world. Forty-five libraries, historical societies and local government organizations — as well as one school library — collaborated with the Long Island Library Resources Council on the project. A total of 45,927 records were digitized, including art, books, newspapers, journals, oral histories, postcards, a scrap book and manuscripts.
- Job seekers throughout Nassau County received critical support, guidance and job search skills in the familiar setting of the public library through participation in the Nassau Library System’s project Career Connections. Approximately 1,800 people participated in 90 job club sessions. The project succeeded in its goal to deepen relationships between public libraries and community agencies that assist underserved job seekers, and the System developed invaluable relationships with both HempsteadWorks and The Workforce Partnership.
- The New York City School Library System developed a Digital Citizenship Curriculum, with supporting instructional media, for students in grades 1-12. Lesson plans are aligned with Common Core Learning Standards, as well as the New York City Information Fluency Continuum Priority Benchmark Skills. The target population included 1.1 million students living in poverty without the benefit of computers or connectivity in the home. The project helped students and school librarians to use digital resources constructively and creatively within the classroom, guiding students to navigate in a global digital culture and to contribute to this environment in a responsible way.
- Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES School Library System collaborated with the Genesee Valley, Monroe 1, and Monroe 2-Orleans School Library Systems on School Librarians as Instructional Leaders. Through professional development, school librarians were provided with the tools necessary to actively engage in preparing students for success on statewide assessments. As a result, librarians built partnerships with school and district administrators and curriculum staff — clearly demonstrating the collaborative role librarians play in ensuring student achievement.