Resolution R315-2013

Establishes the Senate Select Committee on Libraries



  • Jan 28, 2013: ADOPTED


SENATE RESOLUTION providing for a Senate Select Committee on Libraries

WHEREAS,  New York State currently has over 7,000 libraries, which serve
as the treasure trove of our state's knowledge, maintaining  nearly  250
million volumes and circulating over 160 million items per year; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  State's  libraries serve all of the people of New
York, from childhood to senior citizenship, and provide universal access
to books, periodicals,   public records,     electronic documents, pres-
entations, movies  and  other  educational  materials,  in  addition  to
answering over 27 million customer reference questions each year; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  State's  libraries  provide access to over 13,500
computers across the state, permitting customers to gain access  to  the
internet  and  perform  job  searches  and personal inquiries to advance
themselves and their communities; and
  WHEREAS, It is recognized that an open forum  is  needed  to  properly
ascertain  the future needs of our state's libraries and library systems
in order to enhance learning, improve quality of life, and provide equal
opportunity for all New Yorkers; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That a Select Committee on Libraries is hereby  established,
to  conduct  meetings, conferences, examinations, and public hearings to
gather information and make legislative proposals  and  recommendations,
and  to  provide  outreach to and interaction with private organizations
that assist libraries, and to make  recommendations  on  Library-related
legislative  proposals and resolutions before the State Legislature; and
be it further
  RESOLVED, The Select Committee shall consist of nineteen Senators,  to
be  appointed  by the Majority Coalition leaders, pursuant to membership
composition as set forth under Senate Rule VIII; and be it further
  RESOLVED, The chairperson of such committee shall be appointed by  the
Majority Coalition leaders; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That such committee shall have the same authority as commit-
tees  constituted under Article 4 of the Legislative Law and Senate Rule


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