The State Library recommends that new Library System Leaders attend a New York State Library Orientation for Library System Leaders within three to six months of appointment. The NYSL Orientation brings together new leaders from the three types of library systems in New York State - public library systems, school library systems and reference and research library resources councils - with leadership of the State Library, the State Education Department and with each other. Designed as a basic introduction and partnership building opportunity, the NYSL Orientation sessions cover basic roles, responsibilities and obligations of State-established library systems, as well as programs and resources available to assist new Library System Directors in successfully carrying out their leadership responsibilities and building partnerships across the different Library Systems and with the State Library.
State Librarian Lauren Moore and other State Library staff met with new Library System Leaders during the October 10, 2019 orientation.
The NYSL Orientation is open to all three types of library systems. The primary audience is new directors of public library systems, reference and research library resources councils and school library systems. Other new library system leaders (e.g. assistant directors, outreach coordinators, youth services coordinators, etc.) may also attend upon recommendation by the system director and subsequent approval from the State Library (as space permits).
NYSL Orientations are held three times a year – typically in October, March and July. Dates are set two years in advance and are posted publicly on the State Library’s website. All efforts are made to select dates that do not conflict with other major library events. The State Library will also reach out to new system directors upon initial appointment to provide information about registering for an upcoming NYSL Orientation. The NYSL Orientation may be cancelled if there are less than three attendees registered.
Working lunch with State Librarian Lauren Moore, October 10, 2019.
To register, please send an email to Mary Beth Farr at least 5 days prior to the orientation session.
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|9:50 am – 10:00 am||Break and reconvene at 10 am to move into breakout rooms by system type.|
|10:00 am – 10:50 am||Breakout Sessions
|10:50 am – 11:00 am||Break and reconvene at 11 am to the main room with the entire group.|
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Following each orientation, the State Library will send out a brief evaluation form to all attendees asking for immediate feedback and improvement suggestions. The State Library will also send a second evaluation form approximately six months after each Orientation session, asking for additional feedback and improvement suggestions.
Orientation evaluation results will be used to continuously improve the NYSL Orientation for attendees. Results will also be reported to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of the annual Grants to the States Program Report and the evaluation of New York State’s LSTA Five-Year Plan.