The biggest topic on the agenda was discussion of the 2020 vision; a topic that was brainstormed at the NYLA conference in November (notes). The Council "wants to gather more information and engage even more creative thinking (not just planning for where we are or should be today, but where we want and need to be in 2020); best practices vs. vision – need both, but want to be inspired." (Quinn-Carey) The Council wants to engage in discussions with:
- Library schools (faculty and students)
- Foundations (e.g., Robin Hood Project, Gates)
- The public
- Library systems
If you have input on this topic - or ideas how the Council can gather input - please email your suggestions to NYSLRegComments@mail.nysed.gov
Other topics discussed included:
- Commissioner Steiner's willingness to learn more about libraries. How can we (libraries) capitalize on this opportunity?
- Attending the Cultural Education Committee meeting on Dec. 13 or 14 in Albany. Someone from the Council will report on the planning project.
- Discussion of the report the Council will present in April 2011 to the Cultural Education Committee, which will be a continuation of the 2020 process.
- Brief discussion of the Shubert Committee: Sara Kelly Johns to Chair with Louise Sherby and Mary Muller as committee members.
- An update on the State Library - both the Research Library and Library Development.