Before a budget hearing of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer testified to the vital economic role of academic and research libraries.
Kramer stated that “success in a 21st century economy relies on “develop[ing] a statewide research and innovation strategy,” that makes wise investments, rather than massive investments, and develops pre-existing strengths. This advice comes from a 2008 report by the National Governor’s Association in association with the Pew Center on the States. It is good advice.
New York can use its greatest strength, its higher education sector, to create an information infrastructure that will unleash entrepreneurialism, enhance research, encourage innovation, and lower the cost of business. A wise investment in the public and private academic and research libraries of this state would leverage a massive return for all New Yorkers.”
Drawing attention directly to ARIA, Kramer argued that the $15 million needed to establish ARIA could be found in the $272 million the Governor expects to save from reforming the laws governing Empire Zones.
The full testimony is available here.