THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

 

TO:

The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents

Cultural Education Committee

 

FROM:

Carole F. Huxley

SUBJECT:

Recommendations of the Regents Advisory Council

 

DATE:

 

April 22, 2005

 

STRATEGIC GOAL:

 

 2, 3, 4 and 5

 

AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

Executive Summary

 

Issue for Discussion

 

How can the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) and the Regents work together to reverse the decline in library funding?

 

Proposed Handling

 

This question will come before the Cultural Education Committee on May 17, 2005 for discussion. The Regents Advisory Council chair will present the RAC report. Following that presentation, the Committee will have the opportunity to question the Council members and to discuss their recommendations in detail.

 

Procedural History

 

The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, the oldest continuing Regents advisory council, advises the Board on issues concerning library policy, works with the officers of the State Education Department in developing a comprehensive statewide library and information policy, and makes recommendations to the Regents for implementing library programs and initiatives.

 

Background Information

 

Each year the members report directly to the Board on their activities, concerns and recommendations. Your Regents Advisory Council on Libraries includes community leaders and library leaders who study and review library services to New Yorkers, discuss options with elected officials and engage the Regents in establishing priorities. A list of the RAC members is attached.

 

Recommendation

 

The Regents should accept the RAC report and work with its members to implement it.

 

Timetable for Implementation

 

Implementation should begin immediately leading up to the Regents Summit, and to the 2005-2006 budget and legislative priorities.

 

 

MEMBERS OF THE REGENTS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON LIBRARIES

Member (term expires)


 


 

 

Ms. Ellen Bach (2009)

Attorney

Whiteman, Osterman, & Hanna, LLP

One Commerce Plaza

Albany, NY  12260

(518) 487-7736  Fax:  (518) 487-7777

E-mail:  ebach@woh.com

 

Ms. Mary Lou Caskey (2008)

Director, Mid-York Library System

1600 Lincoln Avenue

Utica, NY  13502

(315) 735-8328  Fax:  (315) 735-0943

E-mail:  mcaskey@midyork.org

 

Dr. Louis A. Ciota* (2005)

Principal

Middle Hope Elementary School

62 Overlook Drive

Newburgh, NY  12550

(845) 565-9620

E-mail:  louciota@yahoo.com

 

Ms. Ginnie Cooper (2009)

Executive Director

Brooklyn Public Library

Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, NY  11238

(718) 230-2403  Fax:  (718) 398-3947

E-mail:  g.cooper@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

 

Mr. Norman J. Jacknis (2009)

Chief Information Officer

Department of Information Technology

148 Martine Ave.

White Plains, NY  10601

(914) 995-2976  Fax:  (914) 995-2999

E-mail:  norm@jacknis.com

 

Mr. Timothy V. Johnson (2007)

Assistant Director for Programs and Services

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

57 E. 11th Street

New York, NY  10003

(212) 228-2320  Fax:  (212) 228-2598

E-mail:  tjohnson@metro.org

 

Ms. Lucretia McClure (2006)

Special Assistant to the Director

Countway Library of Medicine -Harvard Medical School

10 Shattuck Street

Boston, MA  02115

(617) 432-2635  Fax:  (617) 432-0693

E-mail:  lucretia_mcclure@hms.harvard.edu

 

Ms. Cerise Oberman (2006)

Dean of Library and Information Services

Feinberg 0211

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 564-5180  Fax: (518) 564-5100

E-mail:  obermacg@plattsburgh.edu

 

Mr. Samuel L. Simon (2005)

Trustee, Ramapo Catskill Library System

2 Salisbury Point 6C

South Nyack, NY  10960

(845) 358-1825

E-mail:  snesimon@optonline.net

 

Dr. Karen Patricia Smith (2007)

Professor, Queens College

Graduate School of Library and Information Studies

Rosenthal Library Room 254

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY  11367

(718) 997-3790  Fax:  (914) 997-7197

E-mail:  Alice31smith@optonline.net

 

Ms. Carol Tauriello  (2008)

Director, Erie 1 BOCES School Library System

355 Harlem Road

West Seneca, NY  14224

(716) 821-7070  Fax:  (716) 821-7292

E-mail:  ctauriello@e1b.org

 

Mr. Irving Toliver (2007)

Director. Human Services Department

Town of Huntington

Huntington, NY  11743

(631) 351-3067  Fax: (631) 425-0746

E-mail:  Itoliver@Town.Huntington.ny.us

 

 


*Chair

 

Staff:

Janet M. Welch                                     State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries                      (518) 474-5930

Mary Redmond                                     Interim Director, New York State Library                                            (518) 473-1189

Carol Desch                                          Coordinator, Statewide Library Services                               (518) 486-4862

Pat Webster                                          Associate, School Library Media Services (EMSC)                              (518) 486-2228