Saturday, May 16, 2009

NYS Library Seeks Nominations

The New York State Library is seeking, by June 30, recommendations for membership in two important groups: (1) the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and (2) the NOVELny Steering Committee.

1. The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries advises the New York State Board of Regents on State policy regarding the New York State Library, library development programs, legislation and library aid programs. The Council 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 Board of Regents will appoint three Regents Advisory Council appointees to serve five-year terms from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2014. In addition, one member will be appointed to serve an unfulfilled term for two years. The Council meets four times a year: January (conference call), April (Board of Regents meeting in Albany), September (NYC) and December (NYC). Members of the Regents Advisory Council are leaders in a wide variety of endeavors across the State, including business, human services, education, and libraries. For more information, see

2. The NOVELny Steering Committee is comprised of library leaders from a broad spectrum of libraries and systems throughout the State and assists the State Library with review and implementation of the NOVEL Plan to guide electronic services in the State's libraries and to ensure quality information services to all residents. The NOVELny Steering committee meets four times a year, twice in Albany and twice by conference call. Terms are for three years from September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2012. For more information, see .

The State Library particularly encourages recommendations of representatives of New York State's broadly diverse population, including but not limited to African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic origin/ancestry and people with disabilities.

Please send nominations, and if possible, a brief bio or resume, for the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and/or for the NOVELny Steering Committee by June 30 to: Paula Paolucci, Office of the State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, New York State Library, 10C34 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230; e-mail: .

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