Library Community Invited to Review, Comment on Regents' Preliminary "2020 Vision" Document

METRO invites its member community to review the preliminary document from the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. From the official release: 
 
Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, New York State Education Department, announced today that “Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services in New York State: Preliminary Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents”  is now available at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html
 
Deputy Commissioner Cannell and the members of the Regents Advisory Council (RAC) encourage New York’s library community to comment by November 15 on this first draft of a new vision and statewide plan for library services.   An open meeting, 2020 Vision for Library Services in NYS: The Discussion Continues is scheduled for Friday, November 4th from 3:45 to 5:00 pm at the Saratoga Hilton, Ballroom 2 during the 2011 New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference in Saratoga Springs.   Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, John Hammond, Chair of the RAC 2020 Vision Planning Taskforce, Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and other RAC members welcome this opportunity for a face-to-face discussion with library leaders about the draft recommendations.
 
The New York State Board of Regents challenged RAC to develop a “2020 vision” for library services and an innovative plan for ensuring the greatest access to information for all New Yorkers.  The new vision and plan are intended to replace the statewide plan adopted by the Board as Regents policy for library services in 2000, Meeting the Needs of All New Yorkers: Library Service in the New Century
 
Since early 2011, RAC has sought and received substantial input from library staff, library and educational organizations, and the general public on ideas for the new plan.  These suggestions can be found at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/responses/index.html.
 
Please send comments about the first draft “Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services in New York State: Preliminary Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regentsto NYSLRegComments@mail.nysed.gov by Tuesday, November 15th, 2011.  Please identify the group or individual responding, as well as a primary contact person in the event that clarification is needed.  All comments and improvement suggestions are welcome. RAC will use these comments to develop a second draft for broader dissemination to all New Yorkers early in 2012.
 
The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries works with the officers of the State Education Department in developing a comprehensive statewide library and information policy, and makes recommendations to the Regents concerning the implementation of the program.  The Council is broadly representative of libraries and statewide constituencies served by the New York State Library.   For more information about the Regents Advisory Council, visit the State Library’s website at:  http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html.
 
Any questions about the RAC 2020 Vision Process and this call for input may be sent to John Hammond, Chair, RAC 2020 Vision Planning Taskforce at john@nnyln.org or to Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chair, Regents Advisory Council on Libraries at quinncarey@hotmail.com .
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