senate Bill S1313

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Creates a pilot program for bulk purchase electronic textbook delivery in the State University of New York and the City University of New York library systems

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S1313 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง706, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3085
2009-2010: S7242

S1313 - Bill Texts

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Creates a pilot program for bulk purchase electronic textbook delivery in the State University of New York and the City University of New York library systems.

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BILL NUMBER:S1313

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to creating a pilot program for
bulk purchase electronic textbook delivery in the state and city
university library systems

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Creates a pilot program for bulk purchase electronic textbook delivery
in the State university of New York and City University of New York
library system.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The education law is amended by adding a new section 706:

*Establishes a pilot program for bulk purchase electronic textbook
delivery through the library systems at the State University of New
York (SUNY) and City university of New York (CUNY) to enable students
to access electronic textbooks and course materials through the
university library systems;

*Provides criteria for colleges and universities to be eligible for
the program;

*Requires the chancellors of SUNY and CUNY to evaluate the results of
the program and report to the Governor and' legislature on its impact
on student textbook spending, students' experiences with electronic
textbooks, faculty experiences with identifying and using electronic
textbooks, library staff time, and other infrastructure impacts.

JUSTIFICATION:
In New York State, the rising cost of college textbooks most directly
affects the state's nearly 625,000 undergraduate public University
students. According to Student Monitor, students attending a
four-year college spent an average of $598 on textbooks in 2010-11.
The states of Washington and California have already begun
introducing online textbooks. In Washington, an electronic library of
books -- free of charge -- has been made available for 42 community
college courses. California has proposed a similar program for 50
courses at their public colleges. New York could be a leader in the
movement towards electronic textbook delivery. As it stands, the
increasing cost of textbooks presents a barrier to low and
moderate-income families in New York State who want pursue higher
education.

This bill establishes a pilot program to assess the potential for
reducing the costs of higher education at New York's public
universities by expanding
the role of libraries and using electronic textbooks and other library
resources.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This bill was previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred and eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective
immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or
regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its
effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on
or before such effective date.

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

                                  1313

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law,  in  relation  to  creating  a  pilot
  program  for  bulk  purchase electronic textbook delivery in the state
  and city university library systems

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 706 to
read as follows:
  S  706.  BULK PURCHASE ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOK DELIVERY PROGRAM. 1.  THERE
IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND  THE  CITY
UNIVERSITY  OF  NEW  YORK  A  PILOT PROGRAM FOR BULK PURCHASE ELECTRONIC
TEXTBOOK DELIVERY THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SYSTEMS.
  2. THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO ENABLE STUDENTS TO ACCESS  COURSE
MATERIALS ELECTRONICALLY THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SYSTEMS.
  3.  FOUR  YEAR  COLLEGES  OR UNIVERSITIES WITH A MINIMUM UNDERGRADUATE
ENROLLMENT OF SIX THOUSAND FULL TIME STUDENTS MAY BE ELIGIBLE  FOR  THIS
PROGRAM.  THE  COLLEGE  OR  UNIVERSITY  MUST  PROVIDE STUDENTS ACCESS TO
NECESSARY TECHNOLOGY FOR THE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, THE DISTRIBUTION OF NETBOOKS OR BY INITIATING  LEASE-TO-
OWN PROGRAMS FOR COMPUTERS AND LAPTOPS.
  4.  UPON  THE COMPLETION OF TWO YEARS OF OPERATION, THE CHANCELLORS OF
THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND THE CITY  UNIVERSITY  OF  NEW  YORK
SHALL EVALUATE THE RESULTS OF THE PILOT PROGRAM AND REPORT TO THE GOVER-
NOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ITS IMPACT ON:
  A. STUDENT TEXTBOOK SPENDING;
  B.  STUDENTS' EXPERIENCE WITH ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOK TECHNOLOGIES AS THEY
RELATE TO ACQUIRING THE COURSE MATERIALS, ENGAGING WITH COURSE  CONTENT,
AND MEETING LEARNING OBJECTIVES;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04196-01-3

S. 1313                             2

  C.  FACULTY  EXPERIENCES  WITH  IDENTIFYING AND USING ELECTRONIC TEXT-
BOOKS; AND
  D. LIBRARY STAFF TIME AND DEMANDS TO INFRASTRUCTURE.
  S  2.    This  act  shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day
after it shall have become a  law;  provided,  however,  that  effective
immediately,  the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regu-
lation necessary for the implementation of this  act  on  its  effective
date  is  authorized  and directed to be made and completed on or before
such effective date.

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