Like many others throughout the country, New York libraries have been tasked with providing more essential services with fewer financial resources — an equation that is clearly unsustainable. Instead, libraries must focus on doing more with more, building on existing collaborations and developing new ones, removing barriers to cooperation, and proving that working together ultimately improves the services provided to constituent communities. That is the conclusion of I2NY: Envisioning an Information Infrastructure for New York, a report released by the NY 3Rs Association.
From a Report Summary:
The New York Information Infrastructure initiative (I2NY) and its Final Report is the starting point for new collaborative actions that will include all libraries and systems in New York. Working groups are being developed to move forward on initiatives identified by the Report. Initiatives include:
- Immediate access to paid electronic journals, e-books, and other materials at the level of best value, and the development of a framework for a united and collaborative statewide group to pursue negotiations with vendors to achieve these access and value goals.
- Statewide digitization of research resources including creation of a New York statewide service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), continued regional support for digitization activities, outreach and communication to partners, and identification of sponsors/funders.
- Changing the role of libraries from transactional to transformational by working in the area of “Library as Publisher,” and including Open Access publishing initiatives — inserting the library as early as possible into the creative process.
- Development of methods for greater collaboration among libraries of all types, including transactional exchange models, incentives to grow successful local or regional projects statewide, and greater support for the sharing of information about innovative projects and ideas.
- Innovative development and deployment of staff to deal with the new technologies and the changing expectations of users.
- Connecting library services to patron and student outcomes at every level of school and academic libraries, and in public libraries for lifelong learners and researchers.
- Improved communications across all library types through a number of avenues, including continuing the work begun at the I2NY Summit, development of working groups to facilitate particular projects.
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