Friday, May 22, 2009

Board of Regents Adopts Amendments to Commissioner's Regulation 90.3 related to public library systems;

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the New York State Board of Regents formally adopted amendments to Commissioner's Regulation 90.3, related to public library systems; specifically, Coordinated Outreach Services, Family Literacy Library Services and Adult Literacy Library Services. The amended regulations will take effect on June 11, 2009.

Specifically, the amendments will:

* Certain terminology relating to the approval of public library systems, specifically the Coordinated Outreach Services state aid to public library systems, the Family Literacy Library Services competitive grant program (formerly called "Enriched coordinated outreach program") and the Adult Literacy Library Services competitive grant program, are updated to conform to Education Law, section 273, as
amended by Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2005, Part O, and to accurately reflect the current implementation of the statute.

* The proposed rule adds the definition of "developmentally or learning disabled" to the special populations who are served by coordinated outreach.

* The "Enriched coordinated outreach program" has been replaced with a more appropriate name, the "Family Literacy Library Services Grant Program."

* Current operations of library systems are more accurately reflected and references to obsolete practices and terms are omitted.

To see the text of the amended regulations, please visit the State Library website here. For further information, please contact Cassandra Artale at

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