STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT /
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF
The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents
Cultural Education Committee
Carole F. Huxley
Recommendations of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries
April 24, 2006
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Issue for Discussion
How can the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) and the Regents work together to sustain library funding increases achieved this year?
This question will come before the Cultural Education Committee on May 22, 2006 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.
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.
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.
The Regents should accept the RAC report and work with its members to implement it as circumstances permit.
Timetable for Implementation
Implementation should begin immediately leading up to the 2007-2008 budget and legislative priorities.
REGENTS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON LIBRARIES
The members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries
appreciate this opportunity to meet with the Regents and outline the key issues
that are critical to libraries - public, school, academic, and special - in
A recent addition to the library schedule provides Homework Help at the Library three times a week from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., in which volunteer students from grades nine through 12 work with third- through eighth-graders.
Why do we need to continue to fight for libraries and ensure that they have adequate support? Because libraries represent a major force in addressing the following issues:
• Encouraging and helping all parents to read to their infants and toddlers. Recent brain research shows that if children do not experience the basic building blocks for literacy as infants, they will never be fluent readers by the time they reach third grade.
• Improving student achievement. Strong school libraries with certified librarians, quality collections and expanded Internet access raise student test scores and achievement levels; yet elementary schools are not required by law to have librarians.
• Increasing students’ information literacy skills and training them in research techniques. Too many have a propensity to cut and paste materials from the Internet rather than follow the steps required in research.
• Ensuring that college and university students have access to libraries with high-quality collections, services, and staff. A shocking statistic shows that only 31 percent of college graduates can read a complex book and extrapolate from it.
We congratulate all the Regents for the leadership that resulted in an increase of nearly $20 million in Library Aid in the 2006–07 State Budget, including $2.7 million, based on the 2000 census with hold-harmless to calculate aid, $3 million for the library systems and $14 million for public library construction and renovation. We are grateful for your achievement in securing increased funding for these Regents priorities, and we add our thanks to Regents Dawson and Bowman for leading the Advisory Committee’s successful visits with legislative leaders.
with the progress made this year,
The Regents Advisory Council is seeking support from the Regents in advancing the following priorities that will confront the issues above:
• An increase to $30 million for public library construction, building on this year’s successful achievement of $14 million in new funding.
• An increase of $14 million in funding for NOVEL (Fifty percent of school libraries do not have access to the NOVEL databases.)
• Expansion of the Statewide Summer Reading Program.
• Increased funding in 2007 for the Urban Library Initiative and support for the formation of public library districts.
Special Regents Action Recommended:
1. Advance library priorities by inviting citizens to talk about the importance of libraries with legislators.
2. Help all libraries succeed by providing support for State Library experts to assist libraries and for the library systems statewide, which provide the backbone of library services.
We are very gratified that libraries remain a Regents priority and that the Regents engage in legislative advocacy for libraries. We hope that you will continue to ensure that libraries are discussed at the meetings you attend and in statements to the media. We pledge to continue in our role of calling attention to the needs of New Yorkers for 21st century library services.
Member (term expires)
Ms. Ellen Bach (2009)
Whiteman, Osterman, & Hanna, LLP
One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY 12260
(518) 487-7736 Fax: (518) 487-7777
Ms. Mary Lou Caskey (2008)
Director, Mid-York Library System
1600 Lincoln Avenue
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 735-8328 Fax: (315) 735-0943
Ms. Ginnie Cooper (2009)
Brooklyn Public Library
Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-2403 Fax: (718) 398-3947
Mr. Leonard T. D’Amico (2010)
The D & F Group
19-02 Whitestone Expressway
Whitestone, NY 11357
(718) 747-8700 X14 Fax: (718) 747-8800
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
Mr. Timothy V. Johnson (2007)
Librarian for Africana Studies, Anthropology & Food Science
New York University Libraries
70 Washington Square Park
New York, NY 10012-1091
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
Ms. Cerise Oberman (2006)
Dean of Library and Information Services
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 564-5180 Fax: (518) 564-5100
Mr. Samuel L. Simon (2010)
Trustee, Ramapo Catskill Library System
2 Salisbury Point 6C
South Nyack, NY 10960
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
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
Mr. Irving Toliver** (2007)
Director. Human Services Department
Town of Huntington
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 351-3067 Fax: (631) 425-0746
Janet M. Welch State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries (518) 474-5930
Loretta Ebert 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