March 2, 2021

Report: “Creating the Future, a 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State”

via a METRO Report:

Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey W. Cannell [recently] announced that the New York State Board of Regents Cultural Education Committee unanimously and enthusiastically accepted Creating the Future, a 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State: Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents at their meeting on Tuesday, April 24. The Plan is posted at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2020final/index.html.

Gerald Nichols, Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, and John Hammond, Vice-Chair, presented the vision and plan and reviewed major highlights of the two year statewide planning process. Their remarks are posted at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2012testimony.htm. Nichols summarized his remarks with the following statement, “We ask you (the Board of Regents) to reaffirm your role as champion of our state’s libraries and library systems; to help us set a new course for the future and to recognize that, in spite of economic challenges, quality library service must be available to every child and every adult in New York.”

In addition to voting unanimously to accept the plan, the Board of Regents also directed Deputy Commissioner Cannell to work with the Council and others to develop an implementation strategy and detailed action plan. The plan will identify which of the recommendations will be implemented through Regents action, which may require changes to legislation and which may require some other type of action by the State Library, the library community and/or other key stakeholders.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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