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REGENTS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON LIBRARIES SEEKS INPUT ON NEW YORK DIGITAL COLLECTION INITIATIVE

The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) is seeking input from the library, museum and archival communities by March 31 on a proposed new budget and legislative initiative for 2009-2010. This new funding initiative is called “The New York Digital Collection.” The goal is to create a statewide platform to promote the use of digital technologies to broaden and enhance access to our local, regional, and New York State cultural heritage institutions.

A draft discussion paper representing the thinking to date on the “New York Digital Collection Initiative” concept is now posted on the Regents Advisory Council website at
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/dgtlinit.htm. Please
visit the site, read the latest version of the discussion paper and share your ideas for strengthening the proposal.

Please send all ideas, comments, suggestions and questions in writing to Jill Hurst-Wahl, Regents Advisory Council member at NYSLRAC@mail.nysed.gov . If you would like to discuss the project with her in more detail, please send a message to this email address and she will contact you.

Members of RAC met with members of the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) recently to discuss the possible inclusion of a broad range of cultural institutions, including archives, historical societies and museums. The draft discussion paper reflects the outcomes of that discussion.

The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, established in 1894, advises the Board of Regents regarding library policy, works with the officers of the State Education Department in developing a comprehensive statewide library and information policy and makes recommendations to
the Regents concerning the implementation of the program. For more
information on the purpose and goals of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/index.html .