This year, the NY 3Rs Association’s advocacy initiatives focus on full restoration of reductions in state aid that have reduced the quality of library services to all New Yorkers. Over the past several years, these reductions have been applied across the entire range of state-funded library programs, including cuts in collaborative collection development among academic and research libraries (CCDA); reductions in medical information services to doctors and other health care providers (HLSP and MISP); and cuts in direct aid to public libraries, conservation grants, systems aid, and technology grants.
The message the NY 3Rs takes to legislators is clear: Libraries have been and continue to be part of New York’s economic recovery and future; they provide job-force training and assistance in finding work, offer broadband access to individuals, and provide support for students to meet college and career-ready standards. Library systems save money. They coordinate cooperative purchases, assist in the provision of delivery of research materials, assist in the retooling of the profession, operate shared computer networks, and develop research resources.
Libraries support New York’s priorities: digital literacy, workforce development, research, and collaboration across geographical and political boundaries. Working in partnership with a great number of library advocates from all kinds of libraries and from all over the state, the NY 3Rs Association presents one clear message to state legislators:
Restoration of state aid to all library programs to 2008 levels – $102 million – is timely and essential.
Join library advocates for Library Advocacy Day in Albany, March 5 or participate online by clicking the button to the right.