State Librarian


New York and the nation lost a respected library leader and fierce library advocate with the sudden and unexpected death of State Librarian Bernie Margolis on April 14.

As Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education at the New York State Education Department, Mark Schaming oversees the Office of Cultural Education, which includes the State Archives, State Library, State Museum, Office of Public Broadcasting and the Summer School of the Arts.  He is also currently serving as the Director of the State Museum, and until a new State Librarian is appointed, will oversee the operations of the New York State Library.

One of Deputy Commissioner Schaming's top priorities and privileges in the coming months will be to recommend a highly qualified, experienced, and innovative individual to the Commissioner and Board of Regents for appointment to the position of State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries. The State Education Department will be conducting a national search and it is expected that a new State Librarian will be onboard within the next year.

During the next year, questions related to the State Library and its operations that would have been directed to the State Librarian may be directed as follows:

  • Research Library and the Talking Book and Braille Library Services - Please direct questions to Liza Duncan, Principal Librarian
  • Statewide Library Services - Please direct questions to Carol Desch, Coordinator of Statewide Library Services and Director of the Division of Library Development

If you are unsure as to where to direct your questions, please first contact Paula Paolucci in the Office of the State Librarian and she will put you in touch with the appropriate State Library staff member.


Updates from the State Librarian (2009-2013)

Last Updated: June 22, 2018