In distinct actions the New York State Senate and Assembly passed Legislative Resolutions honoring NYSHEI.
With unanimous support, Senator Jim Alesi (R-Rochester), Chair of the Senate Economic Development Commitee, and Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, passed resolutions heralding the work of NYSHEI. Both resolutions passed in time for the NYSHEI Annual Meeting, where Executive Director Jason Kramer presented engrossed copies to outgoing NYSHEI Chair Louise Sherby, incoming NYSHEI Chair Gary Thompson, and event host Sabrina Pape.
Here is the full text of the resolutions.
Whereas, it is a privilege of this Assembled Body to commend the New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI) on the occasion of the organization’s Fifth Anniversary; and
Whereas, NYSHEI is a member-driven, not-for-profit organization comprised of the leaders of the New York State’s academic and research library community; and
Whereas, NYSHEI is a model of public-private partnership whose members represent the libraries of the New York State and New York City public universities, the state’s leading private and independent higher educational institutions, the New York State Library and the New York City Public Library; and
Whereas, Academic libraries are the heart of New York’s public and private colleges and universities, institutions renowned as intellectual and cultural leaders, whose research and academic mission provides integral support for the state economy; and
Whereas, The students, residents, faculty and businesses of the state are benefited by the strength of New York’s academic libraries; and
Whereas, NYSHEI fosters collaboration among academic libraries to enhance research and educational resources; it facilitates access to collections and assists New York’s member instititutions to address changing models of scholarly communication; and
Whereas, NYSHEI promotes innovation through collaboration with off-campus public and private resources and organizations; and
Whereas, NYSHEI continually strives to achieve its primary mission, to provide access to the broadest array of information to all New Yorker in the most efficient manner; and
Whereas, NYSHEI recognizes the responsibility of its mission, particularly in an information age where the state economy and individual opportunity are intrinsically tied to ready access to current and correct information; and
Whereas, New York State recognizes that increased research drives the economic prospects of the Empire State; and
Whereas, New York further recognizes the vital service of academic and research libraries, as keepers of our collective information infrastructure; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to applaud the efforts of the NYSHEI and congratulate the group on the occasion of its Fifth Anniversary; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to the New York State Higher Education Initiative.
NYSHEI is most grateful to the NYS Legislature, Senator Alesi and Assemby Member Glick for their support and friendship.