A standing room only Trustee regional institute was held in Binghamton on May 6. Ninety trustees and staff from ten public library systems attended Trustees in the Know to hear presentations on library spaces, financial reports and board/staff relationships and employment liability. Sounds dry? Anything but. Our presenters offered lively and informative discussions, answered specific questions, and provided excellent handouts (to be found at “Binghamton Trustees in the Know”) for further study.
Partners from the L2 Studio Architecture firm suggested some very helpful and detailed ways to plan major changes or renovations to your library. Using their ideas as a checklist will mean you do not forget important issues that could lead to an oops in the middle of a project!
Duane Shoen, a CPA from Insero & Co. provided information on the kinds of financial reports you should expect and be responsible for as a library trustee for your type of library. He also noted the new standards for nonprofits from the Financial Accounting Standards Board as well as the NYS Revitalization Act.
After a great lunch from the Old World Deli (a fixture in Binghamton!), Carrie Pollak, Esq. from Hancock Estabrook, gave us information in words we could understand, the duties of a board member especially as they relate to finances, conflicts of interest, and the relationship of the board and the director – noses in, fingers out!
Whitney Kummerow, Esq. also from Hancock Estabrook offered practical and useful information on how libraries should comply with current labor and employment laws. Her list of the information and documentation that a library should have related to employment is another extremely useful checklist.
LTA thanks the three public library sponsors, Four County, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier Library Systems for their help and support and also Broome County Public Library for hosting this very successful trustee training.