Summer 2013

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President's Memo

Summer 2013 issue of Trustee

As incoming president, I extend greetings to all Library Trustees in New York. The LTA represents all library trustees and acts as a unified voice to state leaders in the Legislature and the Department of Library Development. LTA’s purpose is to facilitate training of library trustees throughout the state as to library law and the fiduciary responsibility of library trustees in the performance of their role with their local library or system. As such LTA has developed a certification program for trustees that rewards trustee participation on the local, system and state levels. Certification is awarded as each trustee attends training and developmental programs that are geared to enhancing his or her knowledge of the responsibilities faced as a trustee. LTA sponsors a yearly Trustee Training Institute each spring that highlights specific topics that are timely and important. LTA also provides library resources and referral services to all libraries.

In keeping with its purpose of educating trustees and fostering library advocacy the LTA will be scheduling its yearly Institute in locations around the state…seeking more participation by 6 local libraries and systems. This year’s Institute in Buffalo represented a triad of systems.. Nioga Library System (Niagara, Orleans, Genessee counties), Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, and Chautauqua – Cattaraugus Library System. It was a first having three systems cooperating; it is a situation LTA would like to continue. As such the 2014 Institute is planned in Westchester County, the 2015 Institute in central New York ( the Turning Stone Conference Center east of Syracuse) and the 2016 Institute at Lake Placid. By moving the Institute around the state LTA hopes to draw from libraries and systems that have not been able to participate in previous locations.

The LTA welcomes new members – local or system Trustees and encourages non-member libraries to join and partake of the LTA services offered.

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