97-S 0557
Approved Jul. 2, 1997


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows

SECTION 1. Sections 29-7-2, 29-7-3, 29-7-4 and 29-7-7 of the General Laws in Chapter 29-7 entitled "State Publications Clearinghouse" are hereby amended to read as follows:

29-7-2. Definitions. -- As used in this chapter:

(1) "Depository library" means a library designated to collect, maintain, and make available state publications to the general public. The clearinghouse director shall consider the geography of the state when designating depository libraries;

(2) "Printed" means any form of printing and duplicating, regardless of format, with the exception of correspondence, and interoffice and intraoffice memoranda;

(3) "State agency" means any state office, whether legislative, executive, or judicial, including, but not limited to, any constitutional officer, department, division, bureau, board, commission, and/or any other agency which expends state appropriated funds; and

(4) "State publication" means any publication {ADD regardless of physical form or characteristics produced, made available electronically, ADD} printed, purchased, or authorized for distribution by a state agency, except those determined by the issuing agency to be required for official use only for administrative or operational purposes.

29-7-3. Creation. -- There is hereby created, as a section of the state library, and under the direction of the state librarian, a state publications clearinghouse for libraries, hereinafter referred to as the clearinghouse. The clearinghouse shall promote the establishment of an orderly depository library system and shall maintain a complete and permanent collection of state publications. To this end, the {ADD secretary of state, with the assistance of the ADD} state librarian {DEL with the assistance of DEL} {ADD and ADD} the director of the state publications clearinghouse for libraries {ADD and the clearinghouse advisory committee ADD} shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

29-7-4. Director. -- The state librarian shall designate from the state library staff a director of the state publications clearinghouse {DEL for librarians DEL} . The director shall hold a graduate degree in library science from an accredited library school.

29-7-7. List of state publications. -- The clearinghouse shall publish and distribute to depository libraries, all other libraries, state agencies, and legislators, a quarterly checklist of state publications {DEL with an annual cumulation DEL} .

SECTION 2. Chapter 29-7 of the general laws entitled "State Publications Clearinghouse" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

{ADD 29-7-8. Clearinghouse advisory committee. -- ADD} {ADD There shall be a state Publications Clearinghouse Advisory Committee. The committee shall consist of eight (8) members, five (5) of whom to be selected from the Clearinghouse member libraries and appointed by the State Librarian to two (2) year terms. The State Librarian and the Director of the Clearinghouse shall be ex-officio members of the committee. The chairperson of the CRIARL Government Documents Committee shall also be ex-officio members. The purpose of the Committee shall be to advise the State Librarian and the Clearinghouse Director on the operation of the State Publications Clearinghouse for Libraries. The Committee shall meet quarterly and shall elect a chairperson to preside at meetings, and a secretary to record the meeting minutes and distribute them to the Clearinghouse depository libraries. ADD}

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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