What’s New at Your State Library?

Highlights for the 2015 NYLA Annual Conference

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NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) -- Over 5,700 libraries are participating statewide! NOVELNY is an electronic resource access project that enables libraries across New York State to give their communities online access to the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers and other references. With geolocation New Yorkers can now easily access all of the NOVELNY resources without a password from their library, home, school, or work. The State Library is beginning to prepare for the selection of NOVELNY databases for 2017 and recently conducted a survey to share opinions about the NOVELNY databases. Check out the Facebook page and the many databases freely available to New York libraries and residents at NOVELNY.

E-Rate – Is your library benefitting from E-Rate? The E-Rate program, which provides discounts for telecommunications services, Internet connectivity, and internal connections, has undergone many changes. Both E-Rate modernization orders are on the State Library’s website, in addition to information about the new E-Rate Productivity Center.  Visit our E-Rate website and see “Latest News” for more information.  The State Library, along with E-Rate Central, will be offering an “in-depth” workshop at Mid-York Library System on November 20 and a “highlights” webinar on December 15.  See the link above for more details and registration information.

Ready to Read at New York Libraries – Improving public library early learning programs is a key recommendation in Creating the Future. Find engaging early learning resources on the DayByDayNY Family Literacy Calendar, including a different e-book from One More Story for each day!  The development of an Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program and activities to forge sustainable partnerships at State, regional and local levels is well underway. More information

Summer Reading at New York Libraries --The 2016 slogan is On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!. New York teams up with 47 other states in a national Collaborative Summer Library Program. Resources for teens and those who work with teens are available on the TeenNY Facebook page. Find out more about the 2016 Summer Reading at New York Libraries!

State Aid for Library Construction – The State Library awarded $14 million in State Aid for Library Construction to 182 libraries and library systems for FY 2014/2015. Projects included construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, renovations and/or rehabilitation of existing spaces, roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, lighting systems, electrical upgrades including broadband connections and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots, and other accessibility projects. More information about State Aid for Library Construction

Connect Your Library with Talking Book Services!The New York State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) in Albany and The New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in New York City provide FREE audio books, players, and braille books to all borrowers who qualify for talking book services in New York State.  Registered borrowers receive audio and/or braille books by mail and may also download over 55,000 books, magazines, and other materials using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service. Set up a registration for your library to get a Talking Book player and a few audio and braille books to demonstrate to potential patrons or community organizations.  Find out more about Talking Book and Braille Library services upstate or in the New York City/Long Island area. Also check us out on Facebook, call TBBL toll-free at 1-800-342-3688 or email us.

State Library Digital Collections Now Available Through ArchivalWare and DPLA! Collections include born digital documents and items from a variety of formats scanned by the State Library.  Historical collections cover a large array of 18th and 19th century materials from many subject areas, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Native Americans, and New York State law and natural history. View these collections. As of Spring 2015, the State library digital collections may be searched in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), which provides access to digital content from the nation’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.  Access via DPLA was made possible by the State Library’s participation in the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN), a statewide project of the NY3Rs Association, Inc.

Learn More about New York State Library Statewide Programs and Services…
Visit Booth #46 in the Exhibit Hall!

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Last Updated: December 4, 2015 -- asm