Envisioning an Information Infrastructure for New York State

Collaboration = Doing More with More

i2ny_logoESLN embarked on an investigation in 2011 into how libraries, library systems and archives were partnering and collaborating and how these initiatives contributed to an overall statewide information infrastructure. Through a state wide survey, focus groups, and a discussion forum (I2NY Summit), ESLN learned about existing collaborations in the library and archival communities, and identified state-wide priorities that needed scaling or further development. Using this information and updating it periodically, ESLN is able to facilitate collaborations and connectors between existing services and products and the development of new ones – therefore avoiding unnecessary duplication and making better use of our resources while providing seamless information services to end users.

Various work groups will continue to undertake initiatives that will support the development of a statewide information infrastructure which will include a framework for the creation, storage, and dissemination of shared information and services throughout New York State. As New York libraries and archives collaborate more and services and tools are developed, initiatives under the banner of I2NY will change or sunset as needed.

To ensure that all New Yorkers have seamless, unfettered, and affordable access to information, through the creation of a New York statewide information infrastructure which encourages collaboration and joint enterprises among the libraries and archives.

  • To introduce the concept of a New York Statewide Information Infrastructure among the state’s academic and research libraries and archives.
  • To explore the current landscape for the creation, storage, and dissemination of information in New York.
  • To explore existing exemplary models within and outside of New York State for the creation, storage, and dissemination of information.
  • To develop a New York Statewide Infrastructure model that builds upon successful programs, creates alternative programs and services where needed, and encourages collaborations and partnerships among New York’s libraries and archives.
  • To empower users with the ability to access and process information and resources in ways that are customized to their specific needs within a larger geographic framework.