senate Bill S2856B

Signed by Governor

Relates to state aid to the conservation and preservation of library materials program

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 24 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 27 / Feb / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 27 / Feb / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2856A
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 31 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 31 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2856B
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1246
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A4664B
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.191
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 17 / Sep / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 27 / Sep / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.362

Summary

Relates to state aid to the conservation and preservation of library materials program; prohibits decreasing state aid for such program beginning in fiscal year 2014.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4664B
Versions:
S2856
S2856A
S2856B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง273, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7237, S7237

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BILL NUMBER:S2856B

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to
the conservation and preservation of library research materials program

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to amend Education Law 273 (7) in order to
streamline and modernize the conservation and preservation program
for library research materials.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

These amendments will replace the complex and competitive $350,000
coordinated conservation/preservation grant program authorized under
subparagraph (c) for the Big Eleven Research Libraries. The bill will
also amend subparagraph (a) to move the funds from (c) to (a) in
order to increase the statutory amount available to each of the
eligible Big Eleven research libraries from $126,000 to $158,000.
The statutory amount available to the Big Eleven research libraries
has remained the same since the program was established in 1984.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill will streamline and modernize the conservation and
preservation program for the Big Eleven research libraries.

The proposed amendments to Section 273 of the Education Law will
eliminate the competitive grant program and instead shift these State
funds into the formula aid program. The State's administrative
requirements for competitive grant programs have become increasingly
stringent, with multiple and costly layers of review and approvals.
These costly layers of review drain limited staffing resources and
result in long delays in grant approvals by control agencies. The
administrative burden consequently outweighs the benefits of these
relatively small, targeted competitive grant programs.

It will be more efficient and beneficial to redirect the $350,000 from
the coordinated conservation/preservation competitive grant program
into the annual statutory funding for the Big Eleven research
libraries. This will enhance the program to conserve and preserve
unique and fragile library research materials.

The elimination of this under-funded and labor intensive competitive
grant program will also result in operational efficiencies for the
State Library, the State Education Department, control agencies, and
local libraries.

The effective date of the elimination of the Coordinated
Conservation/Preservation Grant Program is delayed, since this
program is currently operating on a multi-year cycle.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:


This bill is similar to a provision that was in S.7237 of 2012.
Passed Senate 60-0.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

The bill is estimated to result in some administrative savings to the
State Library by eliminating a competitive grant program which is
costly to administer, especially in relation to the small amount of
moneys provided under this program. The changes to the library aid
program itself is fiscally neutral, as increases in the statutory
amount are offset by the elimination of the competitive grant program.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have
been in full force and effect as of April 1, 2013, except that
certain amendments shall take effect April 1, 2014.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2856--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Education  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  reported  favorably  from  said committee and
  committed to the Committee on Finance --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the  conservation  and
  preservation of library research materials program

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  Subdivision 7 of section 273  of  the  education  law,  as
amended  by  section  3  of part O of chapter 57 of the laws of 2005, is
amended to read as follows:
  7. Conservation and preservation of library research materials. a. The
commissioner shall award in any state fiscal  year,  an  annual  FORMULA
grant  of  one  hundred  [twenty-six] FIFTY-EIGHT thousand dollars for a
program of conservation and/or preservation of library research  materi-
als  to each of the following comprehensive research libraries: Columbia
university libraries,  Cornell  university  libraries,  New  York  state
library,   New   York  university  libraries,  university  of  Rochester
libraries, Syracuse university libraries, the research libraries of  the
New York public library, state university of New York at Albany library,
state  university of New York at Binghamton library, state university of
New York at Buffalo library, and state university of New York  at  Stony
Brook library.
  b.  To  be  eligible  for such FORMULA grants, each such comprehensive
research library must submit both a five-year plan and an annual program
budget.  The plan must satisfy criteria to be established by the commis-
sioner in regulations relating to the identification of library research
materials, the need for their  preservation,  and  the  means  of  their
conservation.
  c. [Additional grants, the sum of which shall not exceed three hundred
fifty  thousand  dollars in any state fiscal year, may be made to any or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06736-05-3

S. 2856--B                          2

all of the eleven  comprehensive  research  libraries  for  preservation
and/or  conservation  of  library  research  materials  on  the basis of
project proposals. Approval of  such  proposals,  and  determination  of
funding  level, shall be based upon their contribution to development of
cooperative programs and/or facilities for conservation and/or preserva-
tion works in the state, including but not limited to such  factors  as:
institutional  commitment  to  development  of a collective capacity and
coordinated approach to conservation and preservation of research  mate-
rials  important to the people of the state; research value of materials
to be preserved and/or conserved; appropriateness  of  conservation  and
preservation  techniques  in  accordance  with  statewide  planning  and
national standards; institutional capacity for successful completion  of
the  project, including facilities, experience, and technical expertise;
availability of staff with appropriate training and expertise;  contrib-
ution  of  the  institution  to  the project in matching funds and staff
resources; and volume of interlibrary lending and access to holdings  by
the  public.  Ninety  percent  of  each such grant shall be payable upon
approval by the department and the remaining ten percent shall be  paya-
ble upon project completion.
  d.] Other agencies and libraries, as defined in regulations promulgat-
ed  by  the commissioner, which are not eligible for funding under para-
graph a of this subdivision, may receive  separate  grants  the  sum  of
which shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars in any state fiscal
year  to  support the preservation and/or conservation of unique library
research materials. Such agencies and  libraries  shall  submit  PROJECT
proposals  [which  shall be evaluated and determinations of approval and
funding shall be made on the same basis set forth in paragraph c of this
subdivision].  APPROVAL OF SUCH PROJECT PROPOSALS, AND DETERMINATION  OF
FUNDING LEVEL, SHALL BE BASED UPON, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FACTORS SUCH AS:
THE RESEARCH VALUE OF MATERIALS TO BE PRESERVED AND/OR CONSERVED; APPRO-
PRIATENESS  OF  CONSERVATION  AND  PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES IN ACCORDANCE
WITH STATEWIDE PLANNING AND NATIONAL STANDARDS;  INSTITUTIONAL  CAPACITY
FOR  SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT, INCLUDING FACILITIES, EXPERI-
ENCE, AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISE; AVAILABILITY OF  STAFF  WITH  APPROPRIATE
TRAINING  AND  EXPERTISE; CONTRIBUTION OF THE INSTITUTION TO THE PROJECT
IN MATCHING FUNDS AND STAFF RESOURCES; AND THE  VOLUME  OF  INTERLIBRARY
LENDING  AND  ACCESS  TO  HOLDINGS BY THE PUBLIC. Ninety percent of each
such grant shall be payable upon approval  by  the  department  and  the
remaining ten percent shall be payable upon project completion.
  [e.]  D. Funds made available under the provisions of this section may
be used by comprehensive research libraries and other agencies  eligible
for funding to obtain matching funds from the national endowment for the
humanities preservation program AND OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS.
  [f.] E. The commissioner shall establish an office for coordination of
conservation  and/or preservation of library research materials to iden-
tify the conservation and/or preservation needs of libraries within  the
state,  to  assess  the  technology  available for such conservation and
preservation,  and  to  coordinate  the  conservation  and  preservation
efforts resulting from this legislation.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to
have been in full force and effect on and after April 1, 2013; provided,
however, that the amendments made to paragraphs a and c of subdivision 7
of section 273 of the education law by section one  of  this  act  shall
take effect April 1, 2014.

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