What’s New at Your State Library?

Highlights for the 2016 NYLA Annual Conference

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NOVELNY is an electronic resource access project that enables 5,800 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. 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? Interested in ramping up your broadband speed? The federal E-Rate program now provides substantial discounts for telecommunications services, Internet connectivity, internal connections and broadband network construction. 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 to see "Latest News" for more 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! Watch for a new Spanish language version of this website coming in 2017. 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 2017 slogan for all ages is Build a Better World. New York State participates as a member of the national Collaborative Summer Library Program to provide support and promotional materials to all public libraries in New York State. More about Summer Reading at New York Libraries! Information and resources for teens and those who work with teens are available on the TeenNY Facebook page. Read the Summer Reading News blog, get information about Summer Reading partners, and find out more about the 2017 Teen Video Challenge competition at http://www.summerreadingnys.org.

State Aid for Library Construction – Public libraries and systems submitted over 200 applications for FY 2016/2017. Has your library applied? This $19 million capital program provides State funds annually for matching construction, renovation and broadband infrastructure projects for public libraries. A flexible match of up to 75 percent in State funds is available for library buildings located in economically disadvantaged communities. More information about State Aid for Library Construction

Connect Your Library with Talking Book Services!The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) in Albany provides FREE digital audio books, special players, and braille books to all borrowers who qualify for talking book services in Upstate New York. Individuals with qualifying visual or physical print disabilities and institutions such as schools, libraries, and a wide variety of facilities may also register for this FREE service. Registered borrowers may receive audio or braille books by mail (sent to them via FREE MATTER)  may download over 80,000 audio and braille books and magazines using the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service, may use the BARD app to download books to a  mobile device. 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.

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York State - Through DHPSNY, a new statewide program offered by the State Library and State Archives, now libraries holding historical records and research collections have access to essential free services, including archival needs assessments, preservation and conservation surveys, guidance with strategic planning, and access to a variety of educational programs and workshops. More information

State Library Digital Collections Now Available Through ArchivalWare and DPLA!State Library Digital Collections – Over 6,500 new items – including State government documents and historical items – were added to the repository this year.  Historical items, such as letters and diaries, as well as State publications can be useful to educational professionals looking for primary source classroom material.  Some areas to explore include publications of the NYS Museum or the Executive Chamber (Governor’s Office). You can access the Digital Collections via. Access these collections. Access also from the State Library Catalog or the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Learn More about New York State Library Statewide Programs and Services…
Visit Booth #29 in the Exhibit Hall!

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Last Updated: October 27, 2016 -- asm