Wednesday, September 17,
Present: Weisman (Lead), Bartle, Bower, Choltco-Devlin,
Duncan, Ebert, Eggleston, Elliott, Fiske, Gilloon, Heebner, Howe, Janowsky,
Katzin, Kendrick, Knab, Kramer, Krupczak, Mayo, Penniman, Serlis-McPhillips,
Todd, Tuliao, Woodward, Wyrwa
Absent: Bardyn, Borges, Burke, Cannell, Conroy, Desch, Hatch,
Hogan, Legendre, McRae, Pope, Roe, Walsh
Welcome/Roll Call/Approval of Minutes
(Sarah Conrad Weisman)
Ms. Weisman welcomed everyone to the conference call and announced
that Shirley Whelan has retired and Tessa Killian will no longer
participate due to professional responsibilities. A special welcome
was extended to our newest member, Sheryl Knab, Executive Director
of the Western New York Library Resources Council.
The minutes of the June 11 conference call were approved: Kendrick
moved; Eggleston seconded.
2008-2009 Budget Update (Loretta Ebert)
Ms. Ebert noted the Governor’s 3.35 percent reduction in this year’s
operating expenses, followed by an additional 7 percent reduction
in State operations. The New York State Library (NYSL) is probably
looking at a hard hiring freeze, with any vacancies likely to go unfilled. Once
the state aid figures are recalculated, they will be posted
on the Division of Library Development’s website: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/stateaid/index.html.
It is unlikely that new initiatives will be included in the 2008/2009
Regents priorities. There is little prospect of funding behind the
Digital Collection Initiative; at best, a token amount may be advanced.
State Librarian Search (Maribeth Krupczak)
The group has been kept informed of the progress of the search for
the next State Librarian via NYLINE messages. The Search Committee
recently completed telephone interviews. Next, a smaller number
of candidates will come to the NYSL the first week of October
for in-person interviews. The Search Committee will then put
two or three names forward to Deputy Commissioner Cannell for a decision. Ms.
Krupczak believes the announcement of the new State Librarian is still
on schedule for announcement at the NYLA Conference.
New York Digital Collection
Despite the budget situation, the Office of Cultural Education (OCE)
has tried to keep some of the momentum on this project; specifically,
creating a task force with representation across the Museum, Archives,
Library and PBS to try to start laying the groundwork. OCE has
discussed having a statewide forum to bring other constituencies into
the process. The scope of the project has been identified in
terms of content, standards and interfaces. In concept, the Digital
Collection Initiative contains the NOVELNY databases as digital resources;
so by continuing those, we are working on the Digital Collection.
The concept for the Digital Collection Initiative was presented to
the Board of Regents’ Cultural Education Committee earlier this
year, and this month presented to the Elementary, Middle, Secondary
and Continuing Education (EMSC) Committee by Jill Hurst-Wahl of the
Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) and Patricia Dohrenwend
of the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB). The response
was positive since the content in the Digital Collection Initiative
could reinforce learning standards and help with lesson plans and integrating
technology in the classroom. When the time comes—not this
year—we expect Regents support for the Initiative.
Action Item: Ms. Ebert will share a confidential
list of the OCE task force members with the Steering Committee.
- NECAT(Maribeth Krupczak)
Ms. Krupczak referred to the survey summary from the NECAT survey
conducted this spring/summer. There were over 1200 responses. NYS
Library staff prepared some summary statements and
a summary analysis, and put together a package with
the Himmel and Wilson (LSTA Evaluators) results.
Timeline for activities this year: Toward the
end of this month/early October, NECAT needs to look
at the information with a goal of making a decision
on vendors and content by early December so that
all types of libraries will have adequate time in their
budget cycles to determine their database needs.
- Statewide Information and Education Program
Mr. Fiske referred to the summary of the usability study of the NOVELNY
website and the resulting mock ups of the novelnewyork.org home
page, and reported that usage is up. Steering Committee members commented
favorably on the proposed redesign. Mr. Fiske will proceed with making
a live beta site available for further comment.
Action Item: Mr. Fiske will proceed
with making a live beta site available for further comment on
the revised novelnewyork.org home page.
Success Stories/Blog Hosting (All)
The last time we convened, there was a discussion of setting up a blog
or wiki to allow people to share NOVELNY success stories. Because
the NYSL approval process would be slow and cumbersome, Sue Bartle agreed
to host the blog as part of her Statewide LSTA project. Steering Committee
members will provide initial content. The NYSL will provide contact
information of people who indicated on the NECAT survey that they would
be willing to provide more information on their experiences using NOVELNY. Thanks
to Marcia Eggleston and Beverly Choltco-Devlin, who expressed interest in
working with Sue Bartle on this project. Dave Fiske will act as their
NYSL contact. The group will explore the differences between blogs
and forums and report on their progress at the next Steering Committee conference
call (or via an interim report if something is ready prior to the conference
call). Additionally, David Penniman will share information he authored
on using anecdotal information for a large scale project.
Action Item: Sue Bartle, et al. will
explore the differences between blogs and forums and report
on their progress at the next Steering Committee conference call (or
via an interim report if something is ready prior to the conference
Action Item: David Penniman will share information
he authored on using anecdotal information for a large scale project.
NYLA Conference (Maribeth Krupczak)
Unlike past years, the 2009 NYLA Conference will not have a program targeted to NOVEL. However, the NYSL will have a double program-with legislators in attendance-on priorities and libraries in New York. Poster sessions from the Research Library will focus on the Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) and using historical documents in the classroom.
All Steering Committee members will be contacted via email after the conference call regarding proposed 2009 meeting dates and verification of contact information.
- Ms. Ebert will share a confidential list of the task
force members with the Steering Committee.
- Sue Bartle, et al. will explore the differences
between blogs and forums and report on their progress at the next
Steering Committee conference call (or via an interim report if
something is ready prior to the conference call).
- Mr. Fiske will proceed with making a live beta site available
for further comment on the revised novelnewyork.org home page.
- David Penniman will share information he authored on using anecdotal
information for a large scale project.
The conference call ended at 1:25 P.M.
2009 Steering Committee Meetings/Conference
Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 2:00-3:00 PM Conference
Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM (Albany
Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 2:00-3:00 PM Conference Call
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM (Albany area)