State Librarian Janet Martin Welch Retires
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Janet Martin Welch has announced that she will retire this Spring.
Mrs. Welch is the first woman to serve as New York State Librarian. Her achievements as State Librarian include a major renovation of the Research Library, enhancement of the Talking Book and Braille Library, and important additions to the State Library’s Manuscripts and Special Collections. In her capacity as State Librarian, Mrs. Welsh administers the majority of METRO’s funds.
With her leadership, the legislature approved new funding for public library construction grants, increased aid for the library systems—including METRO—and a small but important increase in school library materials aid.
Mrs. Welch worked with the Regents Commission on Library Services on implementing their plan to improve library services statewide. The Commission’s plan provided the roadmap for efforts resulting in $34 million in new funding for libraries and led to the creation of NOVEL NY , the pilot project for New York’s Statewide Internet Library.
Plans to begin a search to fill the position of New York State Librarian will be announced by the State Education Department.