These funds help libraries construct new buildings, create additions, update electrical wiring and computer technology, improve broadband infrastructure, meet energy efficiency standards, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting spaces to accommodate community needs. [Read more…] about $34M in State Aid Awarded To Public Libraries for Construction, Renovations
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The New York State Library and State Education Department, in partnership with the METRO Library Council and the Northern New York Library Network, have announced a series of webinars on Digital Equity beginning September 10th. [Read more…] about Digital Equity Webinars Start Sept 10th
The New York State Library has announced a talk by Jim Folts on Chancery Court Records held in the State Archives, set for Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 1 to 2 pm at the Cultural Education Center, Librarians Room (7th Floor).
Pre-1847 Chancery Court records in the State Archives may provide additional information about the lives of obscure ancestors, including guardianships, divorces, and mortgage foreclosures. The records include the extensive Chancery records formerly in New York City, transferred to the Archives in 2017. [Read more…] about Chancery Court Records Focus of Saturday NYS Library Talk
The New York State Board of Regents has overall responsibility for the history organizations in the state. The Department of Education which charters New York museums and historical societies operates under the auspices of the Regents.
Its purview includes the Office of Cultural Education: the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the New York State Museum where the New York State Historian is based. [Read more…] about History and the New York State Regents
The New York State Library is set to mark the conclusion of its bicentennial celebrations on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm with a talk from George Barnum, Senior Program Specialist and Agency Historian at the United States Government Publishing Office.
As the New York State regional depository for U.S. Government publications, the State Library receives and permanently keeps a copy of every document distributed under the Government Publishing Office Federal Depository Library Program. In his talk, Barnum will discuss the history of the printing and distribution of government documents to citizens across the country. The program is free and open to the public. [Read more…] about NYS Library’s History As A Federal Depository
A presentation on American Major General Philip Schuyler’s younger daughters has been set for Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 1 pm at the New York State Library Cultural Education Center in Albany.
Hamilton: An American Musical fans may be familiar with the eldest daughters of the American Major General Philip Schuyler; Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy. Less familiar, perhaps, are daughters Cornelia and Caty. With twenty-five years between the eldest and youngest daughters, the Schuyler family provides a unique chance to learn about the fast pace world of the American Revolution and what it was like for women growing up and seeking marriage before and after the war. [Read more…] about Schuyler Sisters: Growing Up in the Revolution, Early Republic
The New York State Library has a new exhibit, “A Nation of Immigrants,” which focuses on the past and present immigrants in the United States.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is a two-page spread from the July 2, 1887 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, which appeared less than a year after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. The caption reads, “New York — Welcome to the Land of Freedom — An Ocean Steamer Passing the Statue of Liberty: Scene on the Steerage Deck.” [Read more…] about An Immigration Exhibit at the NYS Library
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis, 69, died early Saturday, April 14th, after an eight-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia. His wife of 45 years, Amanda Batey, and close friends were by his side.
Margolis, known as Bernie, began serving as New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries in January 2009, following appointment by then Governor Eliot Spitzer. [Read more…] about NYS Librarian Bernie Margolis Has Passed
A talk at the New York State Library will tell the story of the “soldier shows” which were presented during and after the first World War.
The program, titled “Broadway Goes to War: Soldier Shows of World War I,” will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 2 pm, at the State Library, located in the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, New York. Local author David Fiske will be the presenter. [Read more…] about Broadway Goes to War: Soldier Shows of World War I
In the United States of America, President’s Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in February, and that occasion will serve a short four-week term as the theme of this month’s New York State Library public floor exhibit. [Read more…] about New York State Library Presidents Day Exhibit