PLS: Public Libraries Section

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The Public Libraries Section of NYLA is dedicated to supporting public libraries and public library staff of New York State. Our goal is to help sustain and improve libraries and library services by providing continuing education opportunities, conference programming, awards, scholarships, advocacy and by supporting key NYLA initiatives. Join us, get involved. Public libraries need you!

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Byrnes, MLS, MPH

Head, Business Insight Center

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County




PLS Annual Meeting 2019

Conference is right around the corner, and the PLS Board would like to invite you to our annual membership meeting. At the meeting, incoming president, Kelly Yim, past-president, Deanna DiCarlo, and president Sarah Clark will facilitate table talks on some of today's greatest challenges and achievements we face as public librarians. In addition to these conversations, we will also be asking you to vote on proposed changes to our bylaws (see link below). Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, November 14, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Proposed Bylaw Changes


Awards and Scholarships Announcement

On behalf of the Public Library Section (PLS) Board, we would like to announce the 2019 PLS Awards and Scholarships recipients.

NYLA Conference Scholarship
Richard Cabrerra - Library Information Assistant - Mulberry Street Library
Michele DelPriore - Director, Tivoli Free Library    
Jill Anderson - Outreach Services Assistant - Queens Public Library
Georgia Westbrook
Samantha Bortle

Innovative Program Award
Erica Freudenberger - Southern Adirondack Library System

L. Marion Moshier/Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship
Amy Smith - Red Hook Public Library

Public Libraries Building Award
Highland Public Library

Congratulations to all!


Requests for PLS Programming Support

New York Library Association roundtables and affiliates are eligible to submit a request for conference programming support from PLS. This support is intended to help finance bringing speakers to the annual NYLA conference, or other public library conferences in New York State. 
Each NYLA roundtable or affiliate may submit one request per year. 

To apply for PLS programming support, please complete the application form.


Public Libraries Section Mission Statement

(PLS was organized in 1972.)

The Public Libraries Section represents the interests and concerns of the public libraries of New York State. Membership is encouraged and open to all interested in the issues confronting the information services and business of publc libraries. This section endeavors to provide continuing education and leadership opportunities that promote and enhance library services. In addition, PLS acts as an advocate for public and political awareness striving towards adequate funding and support.