Members of the METRO community should be familiar with the Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision Plan for Library Service in New York State. The plan, which was adopted by the Board of Regents earlier this year, now has implementation strategies and priorities to put the plan into action. Read on for more information about the activities held at the NYLA 2012 conference:
Library leaders came together at the 2012 New York Library Association’s annual conference to discuss the next steps for implementing New York’s statewide plan for library services, Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services in New York State.
Over 120 library leaders attended the program Creating the Future: Implementing the 2020 Vision and Plan on Friday, November 9. After initial remarks from chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, John Hammond, and State Librarian, Bernard A. Margolis, attendees were divided into groups based on library type. Groups included Library Systems, State Library/Special Libraries, Public Libraries, Academic and Research Libraries, School Libraries, and Technology and the Information Marketplace. This format allowed attendees to discuss recommendations from Creating the Futurethat directly related to their area of expertise with other leaders in their field.
Each group was moderated by a member of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. Groups determined priority recommendations for each library type, and shared their implementation strategies with the other groups. The groups then came together to discuss the recommendations relating to all types of libraries, as well as additional implementation strategies. Many attendees volunteered to take the lead and join taskforces that will support the implementation of priority recommendations. This list of priority recommendations can be found here.
This conference program was sponsored by the New York Library Association, the New York State Library and the Library Trustees Association of New York State.
Library leaders are encouraged to send information about upcoming planned events or discussions focused on the implementation of Creating the Future to Council Vice-Chair John Hammond (firstname.lastname@example.org). Members of the Council are willing to speak at your events. In addition, event information will be posted on the Council’s webpage and shared broadly with the library community and other stakeholders. Library leaders are also encouraged to send resulting ideas and suggestions for implementation strategies or action steps to John Hammond or Gerald Nichols (Gerald.Nichols@liu.edu).
To stay up-to-date on implementation, follow the Creating the Future blog and sign up for email updates here.