Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology;
Funding Public Libraries

Purpose: To examine the 2016-2017 State Budget's impact on the mission of New York State libraries in the 21st century.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m., Hamilton Hearing Room B, Albany, New York, NY 12248.

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  • Mike Neppl, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, New York Library Association [pdf icon; 289k]
  • Michele Bonan, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Brooklyn Public Library [pdf icon; 100k]
  • Norah Yahya, Associate Director of Government and Community Affairs, The New York Public Library [pdf icon; 65k]
  • Nick Buron, Chief Librarian, and Jonathan Chung, Director of Government Affairs, Queens Library [pdf icon; 129k]
  • Scott Jarzombek, Director, Albany Public Library [pdf icon; 363k]
  • Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid- Hudson Library System [pdf icon; 970k]
  • Terry Kirchner, Director, and Rob Caluori, Director of IT, Westchester Library System [pdf icon; 1.44 Meg]
  • Robert Hubsher, Executive Director, Ramapo Catskill Library System [pdf icon; 400k]
  • Beth Berlin, Executive Deputy Commissioner, and Bernard Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for
    Libraries and State Librarian, State Education Department [pdf icon; 289k]
  • Nate Hill, Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), and Kathleen Gundrum, Executive Director, Capital District Library Council, on behalf of the Empire State Library Network [pdf icon; 315k]
  • Dr. Colleen Sadowski, Director of School Library Systems and Media Services, Rochester City School District; representing the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries [pdf icon; 119k]
  • J'aimé Pfeiffer, School Library System Director, Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES; representing the School Library Systems Association, Inc. [pdf icon; 194k]
  • Darby O'Brien, Director, Utica Public Library [pdf icon; 65k]
  • Wanda Bruchis, Director, Mid York Library System [pdf icon; 123k]
  • Brian Hildreth, Executive Director, Southern Tier Library System [pdf icon; 191k]
  • Lauren Moore, Executive Director, Pioneer Library System [pdf icon; 257k]
  • Timothy Burke, Executive Director, Upper Hudson Library System; representing the New York Alliance of Library Systems [pdf icon; 305k]

Additional Submitted Testimony

  • Ronald Kirsop, Assistant Director, Pioneer Library System [pdf icon; 256k]
  • Eli Guinnee, Executive Director, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System [pdf icon; 121k]
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