senate Bill S6053

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes requirements for school libraries

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Libraries Committee


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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to libraries
Mar 31, 2021 referred to libraries

S6053 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6339
Current Committee:
Senate Libraries
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §274, Ed L

S6053 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires elementary and secondary school libraries provide equitable access to physical and digital media.

S6053 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6053 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6053
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              March 31, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Libraries
 
 AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing  require-
   ments for elementary and secondary school libraries
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Section 274 of the education law  is  amended  to  read  as
 follows:
   § 274. Use  and care of school library. 1. The school library shall be
 a part of the school equipment and shall be kept in the school  building
 at  all times. Such library shall be devoted to the exclusive use of the
 school, except as otherwise provided by the rules of the commissioner of
 education and except in a district where there is no  free  library,  in
 which  case  such  school library shall be a circulating library for the
 use of the residents of the district.
   2. EACH SCHOOL LIBRARY SHALL:
   A. PROVIDE PHYSICAL ACCESS TO RESOURCES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
 BOOKS, TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT, MEDIA, AND OTHER TANGIBLE DOCUMENTS;
   B. PROVIDE DIGITAL ACCESS TO RESOURCES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,
 E-BOOKS, DATABASES, SOFTWARE AND MEDIA;
   C.  PROVIDE  EQUITABLE, FLEXIBLE ACCESS TO LIBRARY SPACE AND ITS STAFF
 BY SCHOOL STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACULTY; AND
   D. RECEIVE A BUDGET ALLOCATION  ON  A  PER  STUDENT  BASIS  TO  ENSURE
 RESOURCES AND SERVICES REMAIN RELEVANT.
   3.  EACH  SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL ANNUALLY EVALUATE THEIR SCHOOL LIBRARY
 USING A SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAM RUBRIC CREATED BY THE DEPARTMENT.
   4. The commissioner of education shall prescribe rules regulating
   [1.] A. The purchase, recording, safekeeping and loaning of  books  in
 school  libraries,  and  the use of such books by pupils and teachers in
 the public schools.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD10405-02-1

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