New School Library System Formed Through Merger

July 9, 2019

from New York State Education Department


Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Mark Schaming announced today that the State Education Department has approved the merger of two school library systems to create a new school library system, the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison-Oswego BOCES School Library System (familiar name O2CM). The merger became effective on July 1, 2019.

The new O2CM School Library System will serve 77,760 students in the 33 public school districts and 15 nonpublic schools located in two BOCES, the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES and the Oswego BOCES (familiar name CiTi BOCES). The OCM BOCES will manage business operations for the new school library system. The director for the new school library system is Diana Wendell.

Effective July 1, 2019, New York State will now have 40 school library systems, not 41.

What Is a School Library System?
In 1984, the State Legislature authorized the establishment of school library systems in Education Law ยง282-284. School Library Systems are based within the State’s Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and the Big 5 City school districts. New York State’s 40 School Library Systems are State-funded consortia designed to support some three million students through the school library programs of more than 4,000 public school districts and nonpublic schools statewide.

School Library Systems provide services and programs that support the learning process for all P-12 students, using quality information resources to promote increased student achievement. School library systems also provide professional development for school librarians and teachers to ensure all of New York’s students have access to the library and information resources they need to succeed.

New York State’s 40 school library systems:

  • Provide access to information and library resources locally, regionally, statewide and nationally. School library systems facilitated over 330,000 interlibrary loans in the 2017/2018 school year.
  • Promote information literacy to students, offering training in digital citizenship and providing support for the New York State Learning Standards.
  • Use the latest technology to make print and electronic resources accessible to students and the education community throughout New York State.
  • Provide access to a robust collection of current electronic resources through the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) and other cooperative purchases.
  • Provide training on the latest advancements in library and information science and new educational technologies for school librarians, teachers, administrators and other staff. Over 40,000 librarians and other educators participated in school library system sponsored training events during the 2017/2018 school year.