What’s New at Your State Library?

Highlights for the 2014 NYLA Annual Conference

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  • Free Access to WebJunction Online Courses for All! The State Library has arranged with OCLC to provide free access to WebJunction’s self-paced courses for all library workers, volunteers and students in New York State.  The State Library has designated WebJunction as an approved provider of professional development required to maintain active New York State public librarian certification.  More information
  • NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) -- over 5,600 libraries areparticipating 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.  And NOVELNY is now on engageny! Check out the Facebook page and the many databases freely available to New York libraries and residents at NOVELNY.
  • 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! With help from a federal IMLS Laura Bush Planning Grant, the development of an Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program and activities to forge sustainable partnerships at State, regional and local levels are well underway. More information 
  • Summer Reading at New York Libraries --The 2015 slogan is Every Hero Has a Story. New York teams up with libraries in 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 2015 Teen Video Challenge competition at summerreadingnys.org!
  • State Aid for Library Construction – Libraries and systems submitted over 200 applications for FY 2014/2015. Has your library applied? This $14 million capital program provides State funds annually for matching construction and renovation grants for public libraries. A 2014 amendment to State law extends a provision enacted in 2011 that allows for a flexible match of up to 75 percent in State funds for library buildings located in economically disadvantaged communities, until 2020.  More information
  • Talking Book services can benefit your patrons! 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 New York State. 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) and may also download over 55,000 audio and braille books and magazines using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service. Find out more about Talking Book and Braille Library services. Also check us out on Facebook. You may also call TBBL toll-free at 1-800-342-3688 or email us.
  • Research Library Digital Collections Now Available Through ArchivalWare! 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 American materials, and New York State laws and natural history. View these collections.

Learn More about New York State Library Statewide Programs and Services…
Visit Booth #112 in the Exhibit Hall!

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Last Updated: November 5, 2014 -- asm