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2018 Assembly Hearing on Library Funding

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology held a three-hour public hearing in Albany. The purpose of the hearing was for the Committee to review the impact and effectiveness of funding of libraries in New York State including funding for library construction and the allocation of State Aid to libraries.

Chair of the Assembly Committee Didi Barrett and Assembly Committee members heard prepared statements from several witnesses, describing how libraries and library systems across the State are using innovation, collaboration and technology to better leverage their resources in order to expand and sustain library services for all New Yorkers.

Among the witnesses testifying at the public hearing was Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System. His testimony and the materials he shared with the committee are available on the RCLS website.  Transcripts and additional submitted testimony is available on the New York State Library website.

A video recording of the Public Hearing is available on the Applied Web NY website.