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Meeting of the Board of Regents | December 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 9:55am

Cultural Education Committee

December 14, 2010

Time: 10:30 a.m.- 11:35 a.m.

Location:  217 EB



Regent Roger Tilles, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report.

Your Committee on Cultural Education Committee had its scheduled meeting on December 14, 2010

In attendance were: Regents Tilles, Brooks-Hopkins and Dawson

Absent: Regents Rosa and Bendit

In addition to CE Committee Members, in attendance were:  Commissioner Steiner, Senior Deputy King and Chief of Staff James Baldwin


Chair’s Remarks: Regent Tilles welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with an update on the newly established Board of Regents Ad hoc Advisory Committee on Deaccessioning.

A list of committee members was distributed to CE Committee members.  The first meeting is scheduled for December 15, 2010 and will be held in the Regents Room, EB from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Regent Tilles also described a project on Long Island that seeks to involve arts institutions, teachers of art and higher education professionals involved in the training of art teachers.  The project will host a conference in the Spring of 2011 to discuss approaches to improving arts in education and arts education.

Deputy’s Report: Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Cannell greeted everyone and briefly spoke about the Deputy’s OCE Monthly Report that was distributed prior to the meeting. 

CE (D) 22020 Vision – Developing New York’s Ten Year Plan for Library Services

The Deputy Commissioner introduced Mary Muller, Regents Advisory Council (RAC) member, who provided a brief update on the recent New York Library Association (NYLA) conference and a detailed report on the current project of the RAC to develop a new ten-year plan for library services in New York.  Ms. Muller remarked that libraries are and will continue to be collaborative, cooperative and inclusive.    After her presentation, Regent Tilles asked Ms. Muller whether there were opportunities for more formal collaboration between public libraries and the P-12 community and urged continued focus on establishing stronger collaboration and ties between the communities.


CE (D) 1 – Report from the Local Government Records Advisory Council (LGRAC).

The Deputy Commissioner introduced Chris Ward, State Archivist.  Ms. Ward provided an overview of LGRAC, which provides advice and guidance to the State Archives, the Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education on records programs and issues in New York's local governments. She also described the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund, which provides funding for grants and advisory services to local governments to help establish records management programs. 


Ms. Ward introduced Geoff Williams, University Archivist at SUNY at Albany and a member of LGRAC.  Mr. Williams reported on his work as a member of the program evaluation of LGRAC.  He highlighted current considerations and directions for advisory services as well as grants to local governments for records management.  Changes are necessary as advances in technology change the way in which local governments conduct business and make information available.  In addition the program is challenged as budgets diminish and fewer dollars are available for the competitive grants program.  Mr. Williams highlighted four areas recommended by LGRAC for future focus of the local government records program:

  • Managing records in electronic form
  • Storage and access to archival records
  • Disaster recovery and preparedness
  • Shared services


Meeting adjourned.