Welcome to the Pioneer Library System's new Trustee Newsletter!
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As you may know, Lauren Moore was appointed by the Board of Regents as the New York State Librarian, starting August 1, 2019. We are very excited for her and appreciate the impact she's had on Pioneer Library System and its member libraries. 

In her 5 years as Executive Director, our member libraries have seen more visits by System staff for technology and consulting services. She has helped support the coordinated purchase of bandwidth, allowing our 42 member libraries to quadruple their available bandwidth, without huge investments in broadband infrastructure and without any cost increases to libraries. During her time, libraries have been awarded over six million dollars in construction aid, ensuring libraries are meeting the needs of their communities by providing an accessible and safe place to learn. She has been the driving force behind the Finger Lakes Digital Inclusion Coalition, bringing together libraries, community organizations and local government. This, along with being a member of New York Library Association's 2020 Census Policy Corps and being appointed to the New York State Complete Count Commission, shows her ongoing commitment to ensuring libraries are a part of broader discussions. 

We are sure that Lauren's passion for state-wide initiatives will serve her well in her new position as State Librarian.

Next Executive Director of PLS

Chris Ryan, President of the PLS Board of Trustees

I am delighted to announce on behalf of the Board of Trustees that Ron Kirsop has been appointed Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System, effective July 18, 2019.  We are pleased that he will be leading the organization in the future.  At the same time, we wish Lauren the best in her new position as the State Librarian for New York State.

Resolutions from the PLS Board

At last week's meeting, the Pioneer Library System Board of Trustees approved two resolutions. These resolutions were developed with the assent and approval of the Pioneer Library System Directors Advisory Council.

The Resolution on Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity affirms the resolutions of the American Library Association and New York Library Association. With the resolution, Pioneer:

  1. Urges libraries to scrutinize their practices of imposing fines on library patrons and actively move towards eliminating them; and
  2. Urges governing bodies of libraries to strengthen funding support for libraries so they are not dependent on monetary fines as a necessary source of revenue.

The Resolution on Fair Compensation for Library Workers asserts that library workers within the Pioneer Library System should be entitled to minimum wage, regardless of loopholes which might exclude them under state law.
I hope you'll take a minute to read these resolutions. If you have any questions, let us know. 

Pioneer Awards 2019

JJ Cotter, Executive Assistant

Would you like to honor someone in your community? Now's the time! The Pioneer Library System is seeking nominations for the 2019 Pioneer Awards for library staff, trustees, volunteers, and community partners.

Please consider the values listed below when submitting your nominations. They should exemplify:

  1. Leadership
  2. Professionalism
  3. Teamwork
  4. Cooperation
  5. Collaboration

Awards will be presented at the 30th Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Please stay tuned for further event details.

If you've worked with someone who has demonstrated these values, please let us know by completing a nomination form by Monday, August 12, 2019.

Nominate Today!
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