Establishes the Senate Select Committee on Libraries

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  • 28 / Jan / 2013

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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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