Trustee Institute, May 2014, Tarrytown, NY

It challenged, enlightened, educated, entertained and energized. Take a look here, then go to Flickr for a gallery of the events.


Responding to Emerging Technologies: Are you prepared? presentation by Norman Jacknis, now on our site.

Intellectual Freedom: Questions you didn’t know you should ask – Robert Hubsher, Chris Hansen and Scott Jarzombek -explore the issue – now on our site.

Rethinking the budget: Jerry Nichols kept the conversation going

Rediscover your community – Rebekkah Smith Aldrich – focus on your community

Award Winners:

The Presentation of Service Awards to Outstanding Library Supporters was one of the highlights of this years Institute. All, most worthy recipients.

The Outstanding Trustee Award was presented to Mark Williams of the Stanford Free Library.   As Board President he has shown dedication and expertise. The community has raised funds for its Capital Campaign to build an updated and much needed facility. Leading by example has been both inspirational and motivating for his Board and his community.

The Outstanding Friend of the Library Award was presented to Frank Campagna of the Red Hook Public Library. Extraordinary service as a Friend to help raise the funds for the development of a new Children’s Library and Learning Center, secure grants, design and build floats for the annual parade and passionately advocate for library programs are part of his many contributions.


The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Joshua Cohen, former Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System. During his ten years as Executive Director he created nationally recognized services and programs. These programs include: the Shape of the Library Services Project, The Public Library Vote Toolbox and the Building Your Base toolkit. He also helped to develop strong educational programs for trustees that are still in use today.


The Velma K. Moore Award was presented to Merle Newberry, and accepted by his daughters Shirley Evans and Carolyn Mead.  For over thirty years Merle Newberry was a library advocate. His energy, commitment and dedication to the George F. Johnson Memorial Library in Endicott, NY brought rewards loved by all – computers, furniture, programs, music, crafts, signage to name a few.

Futures Fair:

Demonstrations, raffles and camaraderie


Remarks and Insights from our State Librarian and Executive Directors of the three hosting systems:


Library Tour:

Greenburgh Public Library

Keynote Address:

Digital & Media Literacy in Libraries – What’s coming next?

Renee Hobbs, Professor and Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island


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A gallery of the events have been posted. You can search with the tag: LTA2014
or if you still have some to post –  upload them now with the log in provided in your institute packet.

A special thanks to the three hosting systems – Mid-Hudson Library System, Ramapo-Catskill Library System and the Westchester Library System – their help and support made the event a wonderful success.