the Assembly also wants to learn about the impact of state budget cuts on *library SYSTEM funding.*
CLRC funding has been cut 22% in the last 2 years. For example, we’ve
had to cut our RBDB program significantly. That money used to be
available to support regional access to databases, and to provide grants
to libraries in the region to help them complete digitization, metadata
and retrocon projects. We would like that funding restored!
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES AND EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY – Bob Reilly, Member of Assembly, Chair
SUBJECT: Funding Public Libraries in New York State
PURPOSE: To examine the impact of the 2011-12 State Budget on public libraries across New York State.
November 29, 2011
Hamilton Hearing Room B
Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor
Albany, New York
In the 2011-12 State budget, the Executive proposed an $8.4 million reduction in Aid to Public Libraries. Despite the challenging fiscal times, the Legislature was able to restore $3 million in library funding. The final approved budget for 2011-12 provided $79 million in state aid for libraries and library systems, including a continuation of $8 million in formula supplemental grants for library systems. In addition, language was included in the budget to ensure that the funding for libraries and library systems are impacted proportionately, assuring that all programs will continue to receive funding. Finally, the budget provided $14 million in capital funding to continue the Public Library Construction Grant Program for the sixth consecutive year.
This hearing will seek testimony on the impact the 2011-12 State budget has had on public libraries across New York State. In addition, the Committee is seeking testimony to ascertain the future needs of our public libraries and library systems.