Meeting of the Board of Regents | February 2009
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Cultural Education Committee
Jeffrey W. Cannell
Amendment to Section 92.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the State Library’s Circulation Policy
January 23, 2009
Goals 4 and 5
Issue for Decision
Should the Board of Regents amend section 92.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to conform to the State Library’s current policy and practice relating to borrowing circulating library materials?
Reason(s) for Consideration
Review of policy.
The proposed amendment will be submitted to the Cultural Education Committee for adoption as a permanent rule at the February 2009 Regents Meeting.
The proposed amendment is necessary to conform the Commissioner’s Regulations to the State Library’s current policy and practice relating to borrowing circulating library materials. The State Library’s current circulation policy provides increased accessibility to library materials and an efficient borrowing process. The amendment will ultimately help the State Library achieve its vision in its Strategic Plan, which is to “. . . meet the information and research needs of present and future generations of New Yorkers by providing convenient access to its extensive resources, services, and staff expertise and by preserving its valuable collections.”
Specifically, the proposed amendment eliminates the restriction that certain State officials registered to borrow from the State Library may only borrow library materials for work-related purposes. Currently, the State Library allows these State officials to borrow library materials for both work and non-work related purposes. The amendment merely conforms the Commissioner’s Regulations to this current practice. Further, the amendment simplifies the registration process for such a State official by only requiring proof that the individual is a permanent employee of State Government rather than requiring certification by a supervisor at the bureau chief level or above that the individual is currently a permanent employee of a State agency and requires library materials in connection with his or her official duties. Omission of these onerous requirements simplifies registration for these State officials and in turn increases accessibility to library materials.
Additionally, the proposed amendment allows New York State residents 18 years and older to borrow library materials directly from the State Library if borrowed onsite and imposes a fine upon such individuals for overdue library materials. In 2004, the State Library began a pilot program that permitted New York State residents to borrow library materials directly from the Library. Therefore, this amendment simply makes this 2004 pilot program permanent. The proposed amendment also restricts the circulation of the only copy, or copy 1, of a New York State document. Since the State Library is the official repository for State documents, it must preserve the only remaining copy in its collection and prevent the loss or destruction of such document.
Furthermore, the amendment simplifies certain portions of the circulation policy relating to the renewal and return of library materials and clarifies the intended meaning of certain terms or provisions. In particular, the amendment simplifies the return policy by providing that materials not returned within six weeks after the due date are considered lost and may be replaced at the borrower’s expense. Additionally, the amendment clarifies that physicians and attorneys in New York State must be residents of the State as well as licensed to practice in the State in order to borrow library materials. The proposed amendment also makes technical amendments, including grammatical and stylistic changes.
A Notice of Proposed Rule Making was published in the State Register on November 26, 2008. No comments were received. Supporting materials for the proposed amendment are available upon request from the Secretary to the Board of Regents.
Staff recommend that the Board of Regents take the following action:
VOTED: That section 92.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended, as submitted, effective March 5, 2009.
Timetable for Implementation
If adopted at the February 2009 Regents Meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on March 5, 2009.
AMENDMENT TO THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION
Pursuant to sections 207 and 249 of the Education Law.
Section 92.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education is amended, effective March 5, 2009, as follows:
§ 92.1 New York State Library.
(a) Use of library materials at the State Library. All adults may use the resources of the State Library onsite for reference purposes during the hours that the library is open to the public.
(b) Borrowers. [The] After registering and being approved for borrowing privileges, in the manner as established by the assistant commissioner for libraries or his or her designee, the following may borrow any circulating library material, provided that they comply with the provisions of this section and any other library rules in effect:
(1) Official. Members of the Legislature [,] ; Regents of the university [,] ; judges of the Court of Appeals [,] ; justices of the Supreme Court [,] ; [and] heads of State departments, commissions and institutions [. Local] ; and local government historians may borrow circulating materials [for use in connection with their official duties upon application to the State Librarian in a form prescribed by the commissioner]. Permanently appointed State employees may borrow such material [for use in connection with their official duties] under either of the following conditions:
(i) through a library established by a State department or agency, or a library representative designated by the head of a department or agency; or
(ii) to an individual upon registration with the library with proof that the individual is a permanent employee of State Government [; registration will be granted upon certification, by a supervisor at the bureau chief level or above, that an individual is currently a permanent employee of a State agency and requires library materials in connection with official duties].
(2) Professional. New York State [Licensed] licensed physicians and [duly admitted] attorneys admitted to practice in New York State, who are residents of New York State, may borrow materials [needed in connection with professional duties].
(3) Institutional. All institutions in the university, registered or accredited by the Regents, and institutions maintained by Federal, State and local governments, and such other libraries as may be so designated by the assistant commissioner for libraries, may borrow from the State Library through library systems or other access points so designated by the assistant commissioner for libraries.
(4) [Individual] New York State residents. Individuals may have access to the collections of the State Library through the institutions listed in paragraph (3) of this subdivision or, New York State residents 18 years old and older upon proof of residency may borrow circulating library materials if borrowed onsite.
(5) Special permission. Individuals or agencies that do not have access to library services through the means described above may be granted permission to borrow from the State Library, for a limited period, at the discretion of the assistant commissioner for libraries or the director of the State Library.
(c) Loans. [Loans from the State Library are limited to library materials not to be had in local libraries or library systems.] All individual borrowers and libraries are responsible for material borrowed until the material is returned and for any charges incurred for lost or damaged material.
(1) Lending period. The [ordinary] normal loan period for individual borrowers is four weeks [with renewal privilege for two weeks] and for libraries is six weeks.
(2) Renewal. [A single renewal] Material may be renewed for a period of [two] four weeks [may be secured]. However, prior reservation by another patron will take precedence over renewal.
(3) Recall. All library materials are subject to recall at any time and, when recalled, must be returned at once.
(4) Library materials not returned. Any library materials not returned within [one week after notice may be sent for at the expense of the borrower, and if not returned within one month] six weeks after the due date may be considered lost and the borrower required to pay replacement and processing costs.
(5) Fines. Any Library materials borrowed by New York State residents under paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of this section that are not returned on or before the due date are subject to a fine. Upon application for a borrower's card, applicants will be informed of the current fine schedule.
(6) Penalties. Violation of the provisions of this subdivision may result in suspension of loan privileges [for six months]. Persistent violation of the provisions of this subdivision shall result in permanent suspension of loan privileges.
[(6)] (7) Reserves. Library materials, except those which are deemed restricted under this Part, may be reserved. When reserved material becomes available, the requesting library or individual will be so notified. Reserved material will not be held longer than a week after date of notification.
(d) Interlibrary loans to libraries outside New York State. Materials not readily available elsewhere [and requested for purposes of scholarship and research] will be lent when possible to libraries in other states. The assistant commissioner for libraries may enter into reciprocal borrowing arrangements with other libraries or groups of libraries. Individuals in states other than New York State may borrow material through interlibrary loan at their local library.
(e) Restricted materials. Restricted materials shall include:
(1) reference books or books and other material in great demand at the State Library, which are lent only under conditions specified by the library;
(2) most periodicals and newspapers, bound and unbound, which are not available for loan, [although photocopies or microfilm] except that microformat of these materials may be [provided] loaned under conditions specified by the library;
(3) manuscripts and books of exceptional rarity or value, which may be used only in the library;
(4) genealogies and local histories, which will be lent only when the library owns duplicate copies in good condition;
(5) materials of such fragility, rarity, size or other consideration as to be [unsuit able] unsuitable for use outside of the building. The assistant commissioner for libraries may establish terms and conditions for the loan of other materials in special collections of the library [.];
(6) copy 1, or the only copy of a particular State document.
(f) Loan of manuscripts. Manuscripts which are in the custody of the State Library may be loaned to local historical associations, museums, libraries or other responsible educational organizations upon terms and conditions set forth in an agreement between the department, acting through the assistant commissioner for libraries, and the organization requesting the loan, except that loans of the following shall be subject to approval by the Regents:
Journal of the Albany Congress of 1754 (Albany Plan of Union)
Autographs of Signers of Declaration of Independence—Special Collection
Washington Relics, as Authorized to be Purchased for the State Library, Chapter 715, Laws of 1871, and Listed in the Annual Report of the Library for 1873
President Lincoln's First Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862—Original Draft