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Highlights for the 2017 NYLA Annual Conference

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A Bicentennial Celebration for the New York State Library. Created in April 1818 at the urging of Governor DeWitt Clinton, the New York State Library is celebrating 200 years of knowledge, heritage and history next year. Information about special programs and events will be shared via NYLINE and social media as plans unfold. Mark your calendars now for VIP Behind-the-Scenes tours on February 27 and evening programs featuring Kathryn K. Matthews, Director of IMLS and James Neal, ALA President on April 9 and April 25, respectively.

Combatting the Opioid Epidemic -- New York Libraries Save Lives. As part of a coordinated statewide effort, the State Library, the State Education Department, the State Department of Health, the New York State Library Association, the Public Library System Directors Organization and the Harm Reduction Coalition have collaborated to create Guidance for Implementing Opioid Overdose Prevention Measures in Public Libraries.

Ready to Read at New York Libraries. Find engaging early learning resources on the DayByDayNY Family Literacy Calendar, including a different e-book from One More Story for each day. Explore the brand new DayByDayNY in Spanish, designed for bilingual and Spanish-speaking families with young children. The Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program is well underway. Comprehensive training tool kits, including customizable PowerPoint presentations and handbooks, are now available. Coming in 2018: New York is a key partner in a recently awarded IMLS federal grant to OCLC that will expand the availability of the research-based Supercharged Storytime program to public libraries through a train-the-trainer program. More information about Ready to Read at New York Libraries

State Aid for Library Construction. Public libraries and systems submitted over 231 applications for FY 2017/2018. Has your library applied? This $24 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 about State Aid for Library Construction

E-Rate. Is your public 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 the E-Rate website to see “Latest News.”

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York State. Through DHPSNY, a statewide program offered by the State Library and State Archives, libraries, archives and historical societies holding historical records and research collections have access to many free services, including archival needs assessments, preservation and conservation surveys, guidance with strategic planning, and a variety of educational programs and workshops. Visit www.dhpsny.org to sign up for notices about upcoming workshops, webinars and funding opportunities.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries. The 2018 slogan for all ages is Libraries Rock! and the theme is music. Visit Performers and Programs to book exciting and educational summer programs and events.  Read the Summer Reading News blog, get information about valuable Summer Reading resources and our Summer Reading program partners, and find out more about the 2018 Teen Video Challenge competition at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/.

NOVELNY.Encyclopedia Britannica and several new Gale resources are now available from NOVELNY, the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. With geolocation New Yorkers can easily access all the NOVELNY resources without a password from any device, from anywhere in New York State. Check out the Facebook page for postings to share with your customers. Register for one of the many NOVELNY webinars and find a list of the fabulous e-resources freely available to New York libraries and residents at http://www.novelnewyork.org. Over 5,900 libraries are registered and are providing FREE access to the full text of thousands of online commercial journals, newspapers and other reference e-resources. Is your library one of them? Register NOW!

State Library Digital Collections Continue to Grow!  Over 5,000 items, including State government documents and historical items, were added to the repository this year.  New historical items added this year include a selection of the Library’s World War I Poster Collection. The Digital Collections are useful to educational professionals looking for primary source classroom material. Some new areas to explore include historical materials and current publications of the Executive Agencies that deal with environmental, transportation, energy resources, health, and educational topics. Access the Digital Collections via the State Library web site, through the Library’s Online Catalog or through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Learn More about New York State Library Statewide Programs and Services…
Visit Booth #102 in the Exhibit Hall!

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Last Updated: October 26, 2017 -- asm