The NOVELNY Program : Meeting Minutes
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Meeting Minutes

Conference Call
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Present: Weisman (Lead), Bartle, Currie, Desch, Duncan, Ebert, Eggleston, Elliott, Fiske, Garvey, Gilloon, Jaeger, Janowsky, Knab, Kramer, Krupczak, Legendre, Pope, Ryan-Linder, Todd

Absent: Borges, Bower, Cannell, Choltco-Devlin, Hatch, Heebner, Hogan, Kendrick, Margolis, Morea, Penniman, Roe, Santangelo, Walsh, Wyrwa

Recorder:  Krupczak

Welcome/Approval of Minutes—Maribeth Krupczak

Ms. Krupczak welcomed everyone to the meeting.  The minutes of the September 22, 2010 conference call were approved:  Garvey moved; Pope seconded.

NOVELNY Steering Committee activities in 2011—Loretta Ebert

Ms. Ebert set the context for the Committee’s discussion including:

1) The Regents Advisory Committee is in the process of creating recommendations for directions for library service in New York. Their final document will take the place of the last Library Commission document which brought the Steering Committee into existence.

2) The New York State Library is experiencing staffing and budget reductions that require rethinking of priorities and reorganization of duties.

3) The Office of Cultural Education is also engaged in the creation of a strategic plan.

4) The State Library must navigate lengthy and rigorous procurement procedures, so work on database review should commence immediately.

Ms. Ebert asked, "What is the role of the NOVEL-SC in this environment?" The statewide database program receives the bulk of attention, is it appropriate that the database evaluation and recommendation work that was assigned only to NECAT become the work of the Committee as a whole in the coming year until the new plans from RAC and OCE are finalized?

The following items/actions emerged from the ensuing discussion:

  • The Steering Committee endorsed the idea of refocusing the attention of the entire committee on database evaluation and selectio
  • Ms. Conrad Weisman will contact Ms.Quinn-Carey, chair of the Regents Advisory Council, about ways that the Steering Committee can assist and give input to evolving RAC recommendations for the library 2020 vision plan ( Ideas may include inviting a RAC member to join a NOVEL-SC conference call.
  • Ms. Ryan-Linder reported preliminary results from the recent survey soliciting NOVELNY stories. She collected 388 responses to the survey.
  • State Library staff will confer about personnel and budget constraints and identify tasks that could perhaps be assumed by Steering Committee members. Ms. Knab expressed a willingness to explore taking on some of the logistical arrangements for the group.
  • Ms. Jaeger offered to collect information about the impact of revised state learning standards on the content needs of school libraries.
  • Steering Committee members endorsed the idea establishing a collaborative electronic space to collect information useful to database assessment and begin organizing the process itself. The question of what data elements to collect on database products purchased directly by library systems needs resolution.

The meeting adjourned at 11:03 AM.

2011 NOVELNY Steering Committee Meetings/Conference Calls:

Thursday, April 7, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM—Conference Call
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10:00 to 11:00 AM—Conference Call
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM—In-person Meeting, Albany Area