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Governing Policies

Policy at the Newburgh Free Library is set and approved by the Board of Education of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (NECSD).

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RCLS Central Library Plan of Service

The current plan of service covers the period from 2012 – 2016.  As such we will be working with System Services Committee to develop a Plan of Service from 2017 – 2021.

Mission:  Equitable reference service for all New Yorkers

Vision:  Everyone, regardless of the size or wealth of the local community, should have the same access to reliable information resources and assistance

Values:  equity, efficiency, effectiveness, authority, progress

Equity:  the state and the locality benefit when everyone has access to the same information

Authority:  the information resources available are chosen for accuracy and authenticity; these are considerations of the professionals in charge of selection.

Effectiveness:  combining efficiency with usefulness results in the best possible outputs and outcomes.

Efficiency:  maximum use per dollar spent.  The centralization of expensive resources, whether materials or people, is an economical use of public revenue.

Progress:  central funds should be used to keep reference services current, and to advance the professional capability of member libraries’ staff.

The Central Library Development Grant is used to achieve economy of scale in the purchase of reference resources and the professional development of reference staff.
The Central Library is also used to equalize reference service offered to patrons and librarians in districts which do not have full-time reference staff.

The physical and electronic collections purchased with Central Reference Development funds are available via Direct Access and/or interlibrary loan to the patrons of entire system.

The Central Reference Library meets the standard requirement for hours of opening, and provides dedicated reference staff during all the hours of opening.  The assistance of this staff is available to the patrons and staff of all member libraries.

2015:  funds will support

  • acquisition of collections and databases, shared remotely with all member libraries and available in–house to central reference staff to assist them in supplying reference service to the region
  • piloting new services and formats on behalf of all members
  • marketing and promotion of services including reference and research assistance

2016: funds will support

  • acquisition of collections and databases, shared remotely with all member libraries and available in–house to central reference staff to assist them in supplying reference service to the region
  • piloting of new services and formats on behalf of all members
  • marketing and promotion of services including reference and research assistance