After shepherding the process among a coalition of more than 20 groups, NYSHEI today sent a letter to the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. The letter asks the Regents Advisory Council (RAC) to recognize and act on the importance of academic and research libraries.
“This unified stand is the result of broad collaboration. We all represent very different groups with – often – very different missions. However, because each of us is committed to the practice of collaboration we are able to act with one voice on matters of common interest,” said NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer.
Developed at the second annual summit of organizations for academic and research libraries and librarians, the letter secured the support of the groups who felt they could legally and ethically take a public stand.
The full text of the letter is below.
As the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries takes the initial steps towards developing foundational recommendations of what may become the Board of Regents statewide policy on libraries, we, the undersigned, on behalf of our organizations, urge you to be mindful of the immense contributions, vitality, and importance of New York’s academic and research libraries.
The July 2000 final report of the Regents Commission on Library Services made ten specific recommendations, only one of which mentioned academic and research libraries. We believe that a singular recommendation, which held at the fore a call to promote access to these libraries rather than enhance support for them, understates both the value and needs of academic and research libraries.
The electronic and information revolution that is reshaping our world casts these libraries – both public and private – into the necessary role of serving as the information infrastructure that will maintain innovation, research, and discovery in the twenty-first century. Needed economic growth and sustenance of a skilled workforce will have its roots in the information resources of these libraries.
In the weeks and months ahead we will individually and collectively share data and proposals that illustrate the dynamism of academic libraries. Our hope is that the Regents Advisory Council will join us in working for improvements to empower our libraries to better serve our state and community. Similarly we offer ourselves to answer any questions or provide any background information that would aid the efforts of the Regents Advisory Council.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to collaborating to ensure that the next Regents statewide policy on libraries better reflects the worth and contributions of academic and research libraries.
Carrie Marten, President, Association of College and Research Libraries – New York Chapter
Elaine Lasda Bergman, Vice President, Academic and Special Libraries Section, NYLA
Bart Harloe, Director, ConnectNY
Pamela R. Gillespie, Chair, CUNY Council of Chief Librarians
Francesca Livermore, President, Eastern New York Chapter, ACRL
Edwin Rivenburgh, Executive Director, IDS Project
Tracy Thompson-Przylucki, Executive Director, New England Law Library Consortium
John Shaloiko, New York 3Rs Association
Marcia Eggleston, President, New York Library Association
Charling Fagan, Chair, NYS Higher Education Initiative
Maryruth Glogowski, Chair, SUNY Council of Library Directors
Angela Weiler, President, SUNY Librarians Association
Amelia Birdsall, President, Upstate New York Special Libraries Association
David Nichols, President, WALDO
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