Fall 2009

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News from the State Library

Fall 2009 issue of Trustee

Dutch Royal Couple Views State Library’s Early Dutch Documents

The State Library had the pleasure of hosting their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands at the Cultural Education Center on Tuesday, September 8th.   The royal couple enjoyed a private tour of the 1609 exhibit

( ) with Dr. Charles Gehring and Dr. Janny Venema of the New York State Library’s New Netherland Project ( ).  They viewed 17th century Dutch colonial documents and other artifacts from the State Library, State Archives and State Museum collections.   They also announced a major financial gift to support the ongoing, indispensable work of the Institute.

The Prince and Princess visited Albany as part of the NY400 celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Hudson’s voyage and 400 years of friendship between the Netherlands and the United States.  If you are in Albany, plan on visiting the 1609 exhibit!


Changes to Public Notice Provisions of Open Meetings Law

On May 12, 2009, Governor David Paterson signed Chapter 26 of the Laws of 2009 (A3169/S2754) ‘An Act to Amend the Public Officers Law in Relation to Requiring Posting of Notice of Meetings on the Internet.’

The Committee on Open Government of the New York State Department of State has indicated that this new statute applies to all entities that are subject to the Open Meetings Law. This includes all public and association libraries.

The legislation amended Article 7 of the Public Officers Law related to Open Meetings, by adding a new subdivision 5 to Section 104 which is about public notice.  Subdivision 5 requires that in addition to one or more public sites previously designated, that notice of the time and place of any upcoming meeting of the library board or system board must be posted conspicuously at least 72 hours in advance on the library or library system’s website.

The text of Article 7, Public Officers Law, Section 104 (5) can be found at:

The text of Chapter 26 of the Laws of 2009 (A3169/S2754) can be found at:

Questions about this new requirement may be directed to the Committee on Open Government via their webpage or by calling their offices at (518) 474-2518.


New Professional Development Requirements For Public Librarians Take Effect in January 2010

Just a reminder to trustees that public librarian professional certificate holders will be required to complete 60 hours of professional development every five year period beginning January 1, 2010.  Individuals issued certificates prior to January 1, 2010 will not be affected by these new requirements. To see the text of the amended regulation CR90.7 and to find out more about these changes, please visit .The State Library is partnering with the New York Library Association, the public library systems, NYSALB  and others during 2009 to implement the new requirements. The State Library is also developing online tools and other information that will assist individuals and employers in meeting the new requirements.


Talking Book and Braille Libraries Enter New Digital Era

After years of research, planning, and testing on the part of the Library of Congress’ National Library Service, the era of digital books is here for customers of the State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Library.  For more information on this new technology and how it can benefit residents of your community who have physical or learning disabilities check out the latest issue of TBBL’s Upstate Update newsletter at  .

The new digital books (DB) are on a flash memory cartridge about the size of a cassette tape that slots into the front of the player. There is a completely redesigned machine to accommodate the new technology. The digital talking book machine (DTBM) is smaller than current bulky cassette players and lighter too, weighing only around two pounds.  The State Library is legally required to give preference to veterans in the initial assignment of the new machines, but readers are encouraged to sign up now for a new machine.

The State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Library, based in Albany in the Cultural Education Center, serves over 40,000 readers in 55 upstate counties. For more information about how your library’s customers can register for free services visit . The New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library  and the Long Island Talking Book Library serve eligible residents of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties.


State Library Submits Two Applications for Federal Broadband Stimulus Funds

The State Library submitted two statewide applications for funding under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity (BTOP) program totaling over $24.7 million in August.  

In the category of Public Computer Centers (Track 2), the State Library and partners propose the creation of 30 static and 5 mobile “Broadband Express” computer centers in support of the ARRA goals to expand access for workforce development and connectivity in rural areas. The centers would serve the populace of 41 upstate counties. An included videoconferencing component would support literacy training, distance education and collaborative learning – using the potential of broadband for interactive and two way communication. In addition, 24/7 online job search resources would be available to all New Yorkers through the NOVELNY portal .

In the category of Broadband Adoption (Track 3), the completed application weaves together three major components: a multi-faceted, two year digital literacy initiative in teaching and learning, the creation of a media awareness campaign and curriculum integration using broadband technologies in P-16 environments. The proposal addresses outreach to vulnerable populations and the creation of digital curricula and digital literacy resources to stimulate broadband adoption.

The State Library appreciates the diligence, support and cooperation received from the many library and other educational and community partners that helped plan and develop these statewide applications. In just under a month’s time— with help from the library community – the State Library constructed detailed and comprehensive applications to build improved access and broadband services throughout New York where libraries, schools, and colleges working with hundreds of community partners will be the lynchpin for teaching New Yorkers how to converse using a new dialog, one using digital technologies to connect to the world.

The applications now face a lengthy review process at the NTIA leading to awards for Round 1 applicants in November, 2009. Thanks once again to all of the libraries, library systems and other educational and community organizations who demonstrated interest and support for these exciting grant applications.


By the way…do you have a State Library Borrower’s Card?

Applying for a New York State Library (NYSL) card has become easier! Information on the Research Library’s website about applying for a NYSL Borrower’s Card has been updated to include online application forms, and more information about Library services. I encourage you to take advantage of direct borrowing privileges, and access to online resources from one of New York’s major public research libraries at

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