Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology;
Roundtable on “The Use of 21st Century Technology in Libraries”
Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Participants

Committee Chair Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti and Committee member Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino were joined by several expert witnesses from New York’s library community:

    • Bernard A. Margolis, State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries
    • Timothy Burke, Executive Director of the Upper Hudson Library System in Albany
    • Brian Hildreth, Executive Director of the Southern Tier Library System in Painted Post
    • Nathaniel Hill, Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council in Manhattan
    • Scott Jarzombeck, Executive Director of the Albany Public Library
    • Mark McBride, Chairman of the SUNY Council of Library Directors and the Director of Libraries at the Monroe County Community College in Rochester
    • Michelle Young, Director of Libraries at Clarkson University in Potsdam
    • Also in attendance were:
      • Carol Ann Desch, Coordinator of Statewide Library Services
      • Mike Neppl, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy at the New York Library Association
      • Doug Rosenthal, Clerk of the Assembly Committee
      • Steve McCutcheon, Assembly Central Staff
      • Kathy Conway, assistant to Chairman Abinanti
      • (via Skype), Betty Davidson, Special Education software developer
    Click on any of the pictures below to see a larger version

    Image 1: Assembly Committee Chairman Abinanti and State Librarian Margolis discussing the role of the State in ensuring that New York State’s libraries and library systems receive adequate technological support

    Image 1: Assembly Committee Chairman Abinanti and State Librarian Margolis discussing the role of the State in ensuring that New York State’s libraries and library systems receive adequate technological support

    Image 2: Assemblyman Abinanti and Assemblyman Saladino leading the discussion with several of New York’s library and library system leaders

    Image 2: Assemblyman Abinanti and Assemblyman Saladino leading the discussion with several of New York’s library and library system leaders

    Image 3: Assemblyman Abinanti and Assemblyman Saladino carefully hold one of the New York State Library’s rare treasures, a priceless leaf from a Gutenberg Bible

    Image 3: Assemblyman Abinanti and Assemblyman Saladino carefully hold one of the New York State Library’s rare treasures, a priceless leaf from a Gutenberg Bible

Last Updated: April 25, 2016 -- asm