Fall 2011

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LTA celebrates 50 years of recognizing library supporters through the Velma K. Moore award

Fall 2011 issue of Trustee

The Library Trustees Foundation of New York (LTF), the predecessor of today's Library Trustees Association of New York, was granted a charter on February 25, 1949. The original board members were dedicated to improving libraries and library services for the general public.

Velma K. Moore, the wife of former NYS Lieutenant Governor Frank C. Moore, was a charter member of the Library Trustee Foundation of NYS, and is identified in the founding document. She served two terms as the organization's president. In addition, she served for many years as a trustee of the Kenmore Public Library (Buffalo and Erie County Library System).

The Velma K, Moore Award was established with a gift from the Moore family in 1962 to honor the memory of Mrs. Moore. From 1947 until her death in 1961, Velma actively worked to improve library services in New York State.

The award, presented annually at the Trustee Institute, carries a cash prize of $1,000, which is given to the recipient's library of choice. The award is granted to an individual or group of individuals who has made exemplary contributions to the development of library services in NYS. Nominees may include trustees, a community member, staff or any group of library supporters.

Criteria for evaluating nominees includes service to local, county, system or state libraries which measurably advances the effectiveness of these libraries; service in areas of legislation or other support that advances library causes; promotion services through publishing, speaking or involvement in professional or lay library groups or organizations; service to state or national library organizations; and/or service on state study committees.

The nomination process for the 2012 won't begin until the end of this year. Now is the time, however, to begin thinking about possible candidates from your library, library system or community. LTA is proud to continue the tradition of recognizing individuals who make a difference to libraries in New York State through the Velma K. Moore Award.

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