Bill S5854-2013

Relates to the study of the economic impact of public libraries and public library systems in the state

Relates to the study of the economic impact of public libraries and public library systems in the state.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jun 18, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S5854

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to studying the economic impact of public libraries and public library systems in New York state

PURPOSE: The legislation would require the Empire State Development Corporation, in consultation with the State Education Department, to conduct a study on the economic impact of public libraries and public library systems in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation would require the Empire State Development Corporation, in consultation with the State Education Department, to conduct a study on the economic impact of public libraries and public library systems in New York State at least once every five years beginning on January 1, 2015. Such study would be provided to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the chair of the assembly libraries and education technology committee, and the chair of the senate select committee on libraries. This legislation would also require that the study be posted on the New York State Library's website.

JUSTIFICATION: Libraries play a significant role in the educational, economic, and cultural development of our local communities. New York State has over 7,000 libraries that serve our citizens in many capacities. People of all ages and socio-economic groups come to the library for diverse services including business information, computer training courses, children's early literacy programs, workforce development, and access to all types of information. As public resources have become scarcer, usage has increased dramatically as individuals take advantage of the resources their libraries provide. Aside from general observations about the value of New York's public libraries and public library systems, there has been little understanding about the quantitative benefits of libraries and their contributions to the state, and what their economic impact means in quantifiable terms. The purpose of this economic impact study is to explore the many ways that our public libraries and public library systems impact the economic vitality of New York State.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5854 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 18, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT relating to studying the economic impact of public libraries and public library systems in New York state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Study of the economic impact of public libraries and public library systems. The empire state development corporation, in consulta- tion with the state education department, shall conduct a study on the economic impact of public libraries and public library systems in New York state. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, the follow- ing: a. The return on investment New York state and local governments receive from public libraries and public library systems; b. The direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of all public library expenditures on the state and local economies; c. An examination of the resources, services, and programs provided to library patrons for career development; d. An examination of the resources, services, and programs provided to current and prospective business owners; and e. An analysis of public library systems and the value they provide to public libraries. S 2. For the purposes of this act, the following terms shall be defined as follows: a. "public library" shall mean any public or association library, other than professional, technical or public school library, established for free public purposes by official action of a municipality or district or the legislature, where the whole interests belong to the public; the term "association" library shall be construed to mean a library established and controlled, in whole or in part, by a group of private individuals operating as an association, closed corporation or
as trustees under the provisions of a will or deed of trust; and the term "free" as applied to a library shall be construed to mean a library maintained for the benefit and free use on equal terms of all the people of the community in which the library is located. b. "public library system" shall mean: (1) A library established by one or more counties. (2) A group of libraries serving an area including one or more coun- ties in whole or in part. (3) A library of a city containing one or more counties. (4) A cooperative library system established pursuant to section 255 of the education law, the plan of library service of any of which shall have been approved by the commissioner of the department of education. S 3. The empire state development corporation shall conduct such study at least once every five years beginning on January 1, 2015. Such study shall be provided to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the chair of the assembly libraries and education technology committee, and the chair of the senate select committee on libraries. Such study shall also be posted on the New York state library's website. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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