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BoR on LOUIS & HCR129, June 23

While the Senate was looking at HCR 129 on June 23rd (2011), the Louisiana Board of Regents was meeting and talking about various things, including HCR 129 and the status of LOUIS and its funding. Here's a clip of that, at about 3 1/2 minutes:

You can see the full original video of the entire meeting here.

Statement from Sara Zimmerman

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Here is an email LOUIS Exec. Director Sara Zimmerman sent to LOUIS library directors on Thursday (June 23) which explains some things about the current status of the LOUIS Crisis and what HCR 129 means; all is verbatim except the addition of some hyperlinks:

Group, I wanted to give as accurate an update as I can at this time. There are still some uncertainties, but for now, this is what is going on.

As you are all aware there was a huge grassroots effort to get the word out about LOUIS. Many, many people in the academic library community stepped up and went well beyond expectations to make sure that the details of LOUIS were well known. It is my belief that these efforts paid off in our best interest.

Senate Adopts HCR 129!

LA houseWOW! The move to the Senate happened so fast we didn't even know it happened! Yesterday, June 23rd 2011, the Senate adopted HCR 129-- Here's the video:

That's right, it didn't even take them 1 minute to decide!
Thanks so much to all who made this happen! The SAVELOUIS.ORG contact form has been changed to send thank-yous to the House and Senate! (until the next time a threat arises) So go thank them!

Here is the complete history of HCR 129.
You can view this an other Senate sessions on the legislature website here.

HCR 129 under consideration

Update:
If you missed it, here's a video clip of Rep. Michael Jackson and LOUIS Exec. Director Sara Zimmerman discussing HCR 129 with the House Education Committee on June 8th, 2011:

HCR 129 has been referred to the House Committee for Appropriations. We don't have details yet on whether HCR 129 will be added to the HCA agenda. We will keep you informed, but please help us too: If you are aware of HCR 129's scheduling, post it to our Facebook, YouTube, or email the savelouis.org admin.

You can see the entire proceedings in context here. The HCR 129 discussion was preceded by discussions about e-books in higher ed.

LLA's Legislative Day, May 5th

On May 5th 2011, The Louisiana Library Association had its "Legislative Day," with many librarians going to Baton Rouge to demonstrate the importance of all kinds of libraries-- and that includes academic libraries, so that includes LOUIS! Supporters at the event carried LOUIS fans donated by Gale/Cengage. Here are two photos taken by Laura McLemore of LSUS:

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LOUIS mentioned at Board of Regents meeting

Here is a clip from last month's BoR meeting with mention of LOUIS, and the letters that have been sent to them in support of LOUIS:

To see the original meeting in its entirety, go here: http://streaming.louisiana.gov/viewerportal/vmc/home.vp
Then click “Archives”, then click “Regents Archives”, then choose the 3/23 meeting and fast forward to time 3:07:45. It’s only about a minute or so.

And keep those letters and emails coming!

Letter from SACSCOC President Wheelan

Dr.Belle Wheelan, President of SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) sent this letter to key state and higher education officials recently. Here is a PDF scan of the letter.

Here also is a computer-read text copy if you do not prefer PDF...

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