Winter 2013

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From the Editor's Desk

Winter 2013 issue of Trustee

Greetings to Trustee readers and LTA members.
With the holidays behind us, the year 2013 is off to a running start. As you look ahead to your list of things to accomplish in the New Year, I hope you’ll consider these important Library Trustee Association activities:

1. Nominate one of your fellow trustees, a community member or a library friend for one of the LTA recognition awards that will be presented at our May 2013 Trustee Institute in Buffalo this year. Details have been mailed to you and a summary is in this issue. Nominations may be sent to the Awards Chairperson at

2. Plan on attending the Institute this year. We are meeting at the western end of our great state and look forward to meeting trustees from the Buffalo/Erie, NIOGA and Cattaraugus/Chautauqua library systems as well as others from across the state. Details will be forthcoming via email and postal mail in the near future.

3. Consider a more active role in the Library Trustees Association of New York by volunteering on our board. We meet quarterly (January, March, September and November) with an additional workshop in June. The annual membership meeting is during the Trustee Institute in May. With library funding, technology and trustee education important issues facing you as a library trustee, your input can make a real difference in quality library services in New York State. A term on the LTA board is a 3 year commitment. Meetings are held in Albany.

Many of our downstate libraries are working through recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Information and assistance can be found at the State Library website (see page 2). I’m sure none of us, as trustees, expected to deal with issues of this magnitude or cause. That’s why LTA works in collaboration with NYLA, the State Library and other resources to help trustees deal with today’s library concerns.

On a very happy note, let me close by saying the LTA Board welcomes Bernard Margolis back in his role as State Librarian! We look forward to working with Bernie and State Library staff as we all support important role of libraries in our communities.

We wish Bernie, our members, and all the library trustees and their staff a happy and prosperous New Year!

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