Committee Report | June 2012
REGENTS CULTURAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The Board of Regents
June 19, 2012
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 June 19, 2012. In attendance were committee members: Regents Tilles, Bendit, Dawson, Cea, Jackson, Cottrell. Absent: was Regent Rosa.
In addition to CE Committee Members, in attendance were: Chancellor Tisch, Vice Chancellor Bottar, Regents Tallon, Cashin, Phillips and Brown; Commissioner King and Executive Deputy Commissioner Grey.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
Chair’s Remarks: Regent Tilles welcomed everyone and opened the meeting. Regent Tilles briefly discussed his thoughts on building the arts into the accountability system.
Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Cannell introduced State Librarian Bernard Margolis and welcomed Mr. Margolis back after an extended absence.
State Librarian Margolis provided a report on the “road map” for developing a statewide vision for library service, using the report from the Advisory Council on Libraries, Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State- Next Steps as the basis for the analysis. The report was delivered to the Committee at its April 2012 meeting. Mr. Margolis indicated that the first step will be outreach to stakeholders, not to acquire additional recommendations, but to help develop the roadmap for developing and implementing the vision.
The committee discussed the road map and discussed the importance of libraries generally in developing literate communities and in closing the achievement gap.