About PLS Outreach

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Under New York State Education Law, ß 273 1 h (1), and Commissioner's Regulations 90.3, Public Library Systems provide Coordinated Outreach Library Services directly and through their member libraries to New Yorkers who are most in need and who often are not regular library users.

Program Basics

I. Each System must employ at least one full-time, certified librarian with expertise in providing public library outreach service.

II. Each System provides service to all or some of the following target populations:

  • Blind/Physically Disabled
  • Aged
  • Developmentally or learning disabled
  • Institutionalized
  • Members of ethnic/minority groups in need of special services
  • Educationally Disadvantaged
  • Unemployed/Underemployed
  • Geographically isolated

III. Each System maintains a Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Group which meets at least twice a year, includes 5-11 members, and includes members of the target population groups and agencies who work with these groups within the system's service area, and one director of a member library. Council members are to serve three-year terms.

Pioneer Library System
Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Committee Members 2014

Nancy Burns, Stevens Memorial Community Library
Melissa Correia, Clifton Springs Library
Andrea Aldinger, Office for the Aging/Youth Bureau
Chris Edgar, Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County, Inc
Amy Kelley, Livingston Correctional Facility
Brian Young, Finger Lakes Works
Dr. Mary Brady, Compassionate Care Outreach
Kaaren Smith, Livingston County Office for the Aging
Deborah Tuckerman, ARC Liv/Wyo
Lou Ann Haney, Lifespan of Greater Rochester