What’s New at Your State Library?

Highlights for the 2013 NYLA Annual Conference

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  • Creating the Future – Implementation is underway! 2012 NYLA Conference attendees highlighted 22 of the 60 recommendations in the statewide plan for library services, Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State, for priority action. Blog: latest news on implementation
  • NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) use soars with over 5,600 libraries participating statewide and more than 67 million searches in 2013, an increase of 11% from 2012! With the addition of Opposing Viewpoints In Context, use is expected to explode in 2014!  With geolocation, New Yorkers can now easily access all of the NOVELNY resources without a password from the library, from home, school, or work.  And NOVELNY is now on engageny! Check out the Facebook page and 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. Plans are underway to enhance the quality of public library programs and services for our youngest New Yorkers and their families and caregivers. Visit Ready to Read at New York Libraries to read about planning to date and to find out more about this new statewide program coming in 2014!
  • Spotlight on Digital Literacy and Gigabit Libraries – 2013 is the year of digital inclusion, digital literacy and high-speed broadband! Visit the State Library’s new Digital Literacy web page to find out more about national and state initiatives and multiple online toolkits and resources designed to help public libraries shine as community anchors and technology hubs. Find information about EveryoneOn, ConnectEd, Connect2Compete, DigitalLearn.org, the Edge Initiative, the IMPACT Survey, US Ignite, and so much more!
  • Summer Reading at New York Libraries --Science is the 2014 theme and the slogan is "Fizz! Boom! Read!" New York teams up with libraries in 47 other states in a national Collaborative Summer Library Program. Resources for Teens and Librarians Working with Teens are available on the TeenNY Facebook page. Find out more about the 2014 Teen Video Challenge competition at summerreadingnys.org!
  • Broadbandexpress@yourlibrary – While the State Library’s three-year $9.5 million federal NTIA BTOP grant ended in
    January 2013, lessons learned are still being shared with public libraries across the State and the nation. Read the newest report Broadbandexpress@yourlibrary: Expanding Workforce Development & Digital Literacy Services in New York State Public Libraries. The NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit issued in May 2013 is another valuable resource for libraries seeking to increase broadband adoption in their local communities.
  • Digital Audio Books And Players Are Popular!  The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) provides FREE digital audio books and special players to all borrowers who qualify for talking book services in New York State.  Individuals with qualifying print disabilities, and institutions such as schools, libraries, or health care facilities, may also register. Registered borrowers can choose to receive audio books in cartridge format (sent to them via FREE MATTER mail) but may also download over 30,000 books using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service.  BARD is overseen by the National Library Service at the Library of Congress, but administered by Talking Book Libraries throughout the United States. Institutions like schools, senior centers, and health facilities may also apply for a BARD account.  Public libraries may register with TBBL and apply for a BARD account to assist their patrons with using and downloading talking books. Learn more about Talking Book and Braille Library services and how to apply, check us out on Facebook, or call TBBL toll-free at 1-800-342-3688!
  • 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 #303 in the Exhibit Hall!

The above information is available as a two-page flyer, the back containing information on NYSL programs @ NYLA, in .PDF format [pdf icon,

Last Updated: March 25, 2014 -- asm