Assembly Roundtable On “Use Of 21st Century Technology In Libraries”

Library patrons throughout New York State increasingly depend on libraries to access critical information technologies, and ever-greater demands are placed on libraries’ technological infrastructure, but state funding remains inadequate.

Acknowledging this reality, on Thursday, March 3, 2016 the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, Chaired by Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti (D – Tarrytown), hosted a roundtable to explore the “Use of 21st Century Technology in Libraries.” Particular focus was given to whether current state funding for public, college, and special libraries adequately supports the deployment of current technological assets, and long-term development of technological infrastructure. Included in this discussion was: broadband access; digital archiving; education technology in libraries; and avenues for shared access to digital materials among libraries of all types.
Though the roundtable was informal – Assemblyman Abinanti referred to it as a “working group” – it served as an opportunity to educate state legislators about what is happening out in the field, and the effect that years of reduced funding and policymaker neglect have rendered on patron services.

The event was recorded, and can be viewed here. StateWatch New York’s coverage of the event can be found here.


The Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology invited the following library leaders to participate in the roundtable:

Assemblyman Thomas Abinanati (host)
District 92

Bernard Margolis
NYS Librarian

Brian Mark Hildreth
Executive Director
Southern Tier Library System
Painted Post, NY 14870
Scott Jarzombek
Albany Public Library
Albany, NY 12210
Mike Neppl
Director of Government Relations & Advocacy
New York Library Association
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino
District 9

Timothy G Burke
Executive Director
Upper Hudson Library System
Albany, NY 12206
Nate Hill
METRO NY Library Council
New York, NY 10003

Mark McBride
Director of Library Services
Monroe Community College
(Representing the SUNY Library Directors)
Michelle L Young
Director of Libraries
Clarkson University Library
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699


Part 1: The Use of 21st Century Technology in Libraries from NYSED on Vimeo.