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What is COSAG?

The RCLS Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Group or COSAG is mandated by New
York State Education Law to provide community input for library systems in New York State:
III. Each System maintains a Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Group which meets at
least twice a year, includes 5-11 members, 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.

Who is this group? COSAG is comprised of representatives from the NYS Outreach Target
Population Groups:

  • Aged
  • Blind /physically disabled
  • Confined in institutions
  • Developmentally or learning disabled
  • Educationally disadvantaged
  • Members of ethic or minority groups in need of special library services
  • Unemployed and in need of job placement assistance
  • Living in areas underserved by a library

Plus one representative from the RCLS Directors’ Association  (thank you chair of the RCLS
System Services Committee, Bill Langham)

What does COSAG do? COSAG meets periodically to discuss issues, concerns, problems that
face these groups. In turn, these discussions may provide insight into training, services, and/or
projects to be developed for member library staff.

For more specific information as to past meetings, the last approved RCLS COSAG minutes
can be found on the RCLS Web page at Services – Outreach.
If you have any more questions or if you think of a likely candidate who would welcome an
invitation to serve, please contact me (ext. 239 or e-mail).