2018 LTA Institute – Long Island

April 27-28, 2018

Welcome: Adria Ripka, LTA President

Jacquelyn Thresher, Nassau Library System

Kevin Verbesey, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Bernie Margolis, tribute

Institute Kick-Off Speaker: Nate Hill
How Trustees Can Facilitate Innovation Executive Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

After Hours: Long Island Author Panel:
John McCarthy, LTA Director & Author Coordinator

- NEED NAMES of AUTHORS~~~

Sessions:-

The Iron is HOT – Libraries as Innovative & Dynamic Community Catalysts -
Presenter: Mary Lou Carolan,MLS, Director of Cornwall Public Library

Sustainable Thinking: Leading Your Library Forward in Uncertain Times -
Presenter: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System

Getting to the Next Stage of Community Support—Getting the Most of Out Advocacy and Fund Raising, Presenter: Libby Post

President, Communication Services, Member of American Library Association Advocacy Committee

WRAP UP:
WORKSHOP PRESENTERS: WHAT’S YOUR “TAKE AWAY?”

Tribute to Bernard A. Margolis

Bernie in Library

"Bernie was a librarian's librarian. I will miss his good humor, steadfastness and commitment to make the world a better place through libraries" - Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Bernard A. Margolis began serving as New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries in January 2009. Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Mr. Margolis administered the New York State Research Library and the Division of Library Development. In partnership with the state’s 73 public and school library systems, the State Library delivers library services to 19.5 million people served by New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries.

Benie Lookink at a book in the Lbrary - TImes Union

“Look at this building behind me,” he said. “It is the antidote. It is the medicine that we need. It is the light that brings knowledge to our children. It is the light that creates opportunities for people to aspire to things that they never thought they could achieve. It is the light that brings us together. That’s what this library stands for.” - Quote from Bernie

Mr. Margolis came to the State Library from his previous post as President of the Boston Public Library (BPL), Boston, Massachusetts, where he served from 1997 to 2008. The Boston Public Library is the oldest municipal public library in the country, with 27 neighborhood branches.

Bernie in front of Boston Public Library

“Bernie’s indomitable spirit will be sorely missed by all those who believe in the critical role that libraries play in their community." - Jeremy Johannson (NYLA)

His library experience includes management and executive positions in libraries and library systems in Colorado, Michigan and Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Boston, he served as Director/CEO of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs from 1988 to 1997.

Bernie in Library by the New York Times

“Bernie was an outstanding library leader and a visionary. … The library community will miss his intelligence, eloquence, keen sense of humor and sage advice.” - STATEMENT FROM BOARD OF REGENTS CHANCELLOR BETTY A. ROSA AND COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION MARYELLEN ELIA

Mr. Margolis’ service includes a number of positions within the American Library Association including service as an elected member of the governing Council, leadership in the Association of Research Libraries, service as a professional delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries, and service on the boards of library organizations in Massachusetts,Colorado, and Michigan.

 


“Bernie was a librarian’s librarian. We were privileged to have someone in the role of New York State Library who so deeply believed in the core values of librarianship. His compass was always set in the right direction on behalf of New Yorkers. His deep seated commitment to intellectual freedom, patron privacy, access and diversity are a legacy to be proud of. I will miss his good humor, steadfastness and commitment to make the world a better place through libraries.”

From Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

 


NYLA response:
The New York Library Association (NYLA) is saddened to note the passing of New York State Librarian, Bernard “Bernie” A. Margolis on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Mr. Margolis served as the New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries since January 2009. Mr. Margolis administered the New York State Research Library and the Division of Library Development. Working with New York State’s 73 public and school library systems, the State Library delivers library services to 19.5 million people served by New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries.


Prior to becoming the New York State Librarian, Mr. Margolis served as the president of the Boston Public Library for 11 years where he expanded library hours, expanded children’s library services to every branch, created the nationally recognized Homework Assistance Program and online tutoring program, among many other accomplishments.


Due in part to his tireless advocacy and leadership in support of libraries, during Mr. Margolis’ tenure as NYS Librarian, New York State Library Aid increased by over $17M, and funding for the Library Construction Aid program increased to an all-time high of $34M.


“The library community has lost a stalwart champion,” commented Executive Director of the NY Library Association Jeremy Johannesen, who continued, “Bernie’s indominable spirit will be sorely missed by all those who believe in the critical role that libraries play in their community. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Amanda.”
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to your local library.


STATEMENT FROM BOARD OF REGENTS CHANCELLOR BETTY A. ROSA AND COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION MARYELLEN ELIA ON THE PASSING OF NEW YORK STATE LIBRARIAN BERNARD A. MARGOLIS:


“We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries.


“Bernie was an outstanding library leader and a visionary. His expertise in library matters will be missed not only by the Board of Regents and the staff of the State Education Department, but across the State and the nation. His colleagues and friends at the Department and in the library community will miss his intelligence, eloquence, keen sense of humor and sage advice.


“Appointed State Librarian by the Board of Regents in January 2009, Bernie provided leadership and vision for the New York State Library, the state’s 73 library systems and New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries.


“Bernie was very much looking forward to celebrating the State Library’s 200th Anniversary this month. Thanks to his vision and leadership, we have much to celebrate.


“Bernie accomplished much over the course of a long and successful career as a librarian and library leader. During his tenure at the New York State Library, state funding for public library construction more than doubled; participation in Summer Reading at New York Libraries grew to more than two million young people; and free public access internet and Wi-Fi are now available to patrons in all of New York’s public libraries. Of course, those are only some of the highlights of his exceptional tenure as New York State Librarian.


“Bernie came to the State Library from his previous post as President of the Boston Public Library, where he served from 1997 to 2008.


“We are so fortunate that Bernie chose to share with the public his lifelong love of books and learning. We are all better off because of his dedication and service to others.


PULISDO member

 

A native of Kew Gardens Hills, Bernie joined us last September in celebrating the official re-opening of our branch there following a major expansion and renovation.   Standing before a large crowd gathered outside the branch, he spoke passionately about the crucial role of public libraries in our society during an era of great uncertainty and change.

 

“Look at this building behind me,” he said. “It is the antidote. It is the medicine that we need. It is the light that brings knowledge to our children. It is the light that creates opportunities for people to aspire to things that they never thought they could achieve. It is the light that brings us together. That’s what this library stands for.”

 

Nick Buron

Chief Librarian, Queens Library”


LTA — Tim Gavin, Executive Director
I was first introduced to Bernie while serving as an Intern at DLD. I was in charge of developing a new program for LTA — a searchable statewide library policy database. I sought input from many within DLD, and reached externally
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2018 LTA Institute – Long Island

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Marriott Hotel
Uniondale, Long Island

Library as Community: Know Your Aspirations, Plan for the Future

Two-Day Registration:
$195 LTA Members
$265 Non-Members

One-Day Registration:

Friday, April 27, 2018

$85 LTA Members
$120 Non-Members

Saturday, April 28, 2018

$110 LTA Members
$145 Non-Members


3:00 Registration

Appointments with Joe Eisner  – available through registration

4:30-6:15

Library Features and Future Fair
Cash Bar & Reception

6:30 Buffet Dinner

Welcome:
Adria Ripka, LTA President
Jacquelyn Thresher, Nassau Library System
Kevin Verbesey, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Other System Directors

Other introductions: Corporate Sponsors

Bernie Margolis, 5 minute welcome

Awards to Outstanding Trustee & Outstanding Friend of Library

Institute Kick-Off Speaker:
Nate Hill, How Trustees Can Facilitate Innovation
Executive Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

After Hours: Long Island Author Panel:
John McCarthy, LTA Director & Author Coordinator

Saturday, April 28, 2018


8:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15-10:30

Workshop I
The Iron is HOT – Libraries as Innovative & Dynamic Community Catalysts
Presenter: Mary Lou Carolan,
MLS, Director of Cornwall Public Library

Workshop II
Sustainable Thinking: Leading Your Library Forward in Uncertain Times
Presenter: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System

Workshop III

Getting to the Next Stage of Community Support—Getting the Most of Out Advocacy and Fund Raising
Presenter: Libby Post, Title
President, Communication Services, Member of American Library Association Advocacy Committee

10:30-10:45

Coffee Break

10:45-12 noon:

Workshops

12:00

Lunch
Recognition of Velma K. Moore Award
Speaker: Tim Burke, NYLA President

Wrap Up: Workshop Presenters: What’s Your “Take Away?”

 

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Consider joining us for NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Their efforts have resulted in over $11M in additional library aid since 2011.

To get the basics, including information on security, hotels, and directions click here!

Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12207

December 2017 LTA Minutes

Library Trustees Association of New York
Hampton Inn, Albany, NY

Meeting Minutes

Friday, December 1, 2017 to Saturday, December 2, 2017

Directors Present: Adria Ripka, Martha Anderson, Jean Currie, George Wolf, John McCarthy, Edris Scherer, Bola Majekodunmi, Timothy Gavin (Executive Director).

Excused Absence: Phil Archer, Susan Sabers Chapman, Mary Ellen Darling

Guests Present: None

Call to Order:

President Ripka called the meeting to order at 7:42 pm Friday December 1, 2016

Public Comment:

None

Approval of Minutes:

Moved by Wolf, seconded by Scherer to approve the minutes of 10-11 March 2017. Motion Passed.

President’s Report:

Ripka reported the following:

  •     Making an effort to get representation beyond her term from her region
  •     Working with Tim to handle timeliness of responses from board to the ED
  •     Verify with ED as to best method of contact
  •     Board members need to be more proactive on committee assignments
  •     Financial payouts will be made more monthly
  •     ED is requesting additional amount to hire Assistant for lower level tasks
  •     Gavin requested a more informal and frequent feedback process to prepare for annual review, and requested that feedback is shared dire
  •     Ripka suggested we renew the current contract with ED

Nominations for Officers and Renewal of Terms

  •     McCarthy ended his term
  •     Jean Currie was renewed for another term
  •     Phil Archer was renewed for a second term
  •     Martha Anderson was renewed for a third term
  •     Moved by Wolf, seconded by Majekodunmi, motion was passed
  •     McCarthy was appointed by Ripka as recording secretary
  •     Slate of officers was proposed as such
  •     President: Adria Ripka
  •     Vice-Persident: Martha Anderson
  •     Treasurer: Bola Majekodunmi
  •     Secretary: Mary Ellen Darling
  •     Moved by Wolf, seconded by Majekodunmi, motion was passed

TI 2018 Report and Discussion,

Anderson reported the following

  •     Suggested a structure for the TI, Friday evening and Saturday morning/afternoon
  •     Tim Burke as keynote on Friday night
  •     Two workshop periods Saturday AM, Lunch then awards, Regent, keynote
  •     Discussion of how to best use Joe Eisner in the program
  •     Currie suggested a panel as opposed to a single keynote on Saturday
  •     Anderson estimated food costs at $160, plus $15 for a break.
  •     Block room rate is $157 plus tax
  •     Anderson wants to keep the number under $200
  •     Westchester will promote the event internally
  •     Gavin will make an effort to get NYC systems as sponsors
  •     Anderson said the local system directors wanted educational experiences beyond what the systems offer.
  •     We may or may not have an author panel, but inviting authors is considered
  •     May change how we do gift basket fundraiser
  •     Fee for the conference will be $250 for members and $275 for nonmembers
  •     Forward thinking is the theme (staying relevant)
  •     Dates are April 27 and 28, 2018

The Board recessed at 9:45 pm until Saturday.

The Board reconvened at  11.22 a.m. on Saturday, 2 December, 2018

New Business:

  •     2018 meeting dates:
  •     January 13th, 9-10:30 Teleconference
  •     March 2-3, Albany
  •     Institute April, 27-28, Long Island
  •     June 15-16, Albany
  •     September 7-8, Albany
  •     November 30 – December 1, Albany
  •     Advocacy Day 2018, February 28

Executive Director’s Report:

Gavin reported the following:

  •     Gavin will be taking vacation last week of January into early February
  •     Diane Coyne from Suffolk is being sought for board membership
  •     A trustee from SALS is being considered as well
  •     Nioga library system has registered their entire system as LTA members
  •     Mid York system will be registering for 2017 and 18
  •     Archer could use some assistance on sponsorships
  •     Monday and Tuesday nights are best to contact ED, Saturday mornings also
  •     Mary Jean from Buffalo would like us to come out to their annual meeting in February to do any presentation we would like
  •     We received the DLD data from the annual reports
  •     Trustee Handbook will be reprinted in January after adding missing information.
  •     Survey of new Minimum Standards will be coming out soon

Committee Reports:

Awards:
  •     The traditional awards will be given at the TI this year
  •     Requests for nominations will be sent out
Finance:

Majekodunmi noted the following

  •     Changes in reporting were discussed in committee and will be made going forward
  •     2016 budget will be made into Actual numbers
  •     P&L format will be restructured
  •     Gavin is requesting $1000 to hire someone for clerical tasks. Discussion centered on how to structure this.
  •     Minor adjustments to proposed budget from committee were discussed
  •     Majekodunmi moved to approve the proposed 2018 budget, Wolf seconded, motion approved unanimously.
Membership:

McCarthy noted the following:

  •     Invoices will be going out soon for 2018
  •     A phone script is in development
  •     Blog post is up online to remind people about membership
Communications:
  •     Facebook hits are increasing
  •     January newsletter will include TI information
  •     Gavin noted Darling’s strong efforts

Old Business:

Annual Plan Progress
  •     McCarthy will inquire about other meeting space options.

There being no other business of the board to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Wolf at 1:31 . Motion passed.

Submitted by John McCarthy, Recording Secretary.

Membership Drive

Whether your library is a small town soprano, a basso in the burbs, or a metropolitan mezzo, LTA serves as your choir, singing the praises of public libraries to legislators and locals alike. With your membership, our choir can get louder, reaching from the vaulted halls of Albany to every corner of the State. We need your support to do even more and to provide more services in 2018 so we can connect trustees throughout the state with the resources they need.

Thank you to all of you who renewed in 2017! Your support made a huge difference. But we need everyone’s help.

Every new year is more important than the last for New York State Libraries, because now is the only time we can all do something to strengthen them. The 756 libraries and 23 systems in our state need your best efforts as trustees to succeed as one of the linchpins of our communities.

LTA is the only organization dedicated to supporting the work of library trustees. Through education, support materials, resources provided through our website, and opportunities to speak peer to peer, LTA enables your community to be better served..

Connecting:. . . .

LTA brings trustees together from all around the state to our events, from Suffolk to St. Lawrence, and Columbia to Chautauqua, where we discuss the concerns of the smallest association libraries to the largest municipals. We also connect with other organizations, legislators, and educational providers and try to do the same for you and your local libraries.

Advocating:

Unifies the voices of all NYS libraries into a powerful call to action to our state legislators Strengthens local advocacy efforts within your own communities

Recognizing:

Highlights the work of exceptional trustees and friends of our libraries
Showcases systems and libraries around the state

Educating:

provides new trustees with opportunities for free seminars
educates seasoned trustees with monthly emails updates and resources
supports resources like our regularly updated website and policy database

That is our mission: connecting through advocacy, recognition, and education, and part of how we C.A.R.E.

Although we had tremendous momentum this year, with you we can accomplish even more. Our goal is to reach 450 member libraries in 2018 which is less than 50 more libraries than were members in 2017.

Today we invite you to please consider joining your library in LTA. Considering the guidance needed in addressing library concerns, there may not be a more significant time for your participation to allow for the united effort of LTA.

NYLA CONFERENCE RECAP

Cassie Guthrie

Cassie Guthrie

The buzz at the NYLA Annual Conference was EveryDay Advocacy —how to use “conversations, connections, and empowered staff” to gain community support for your library.

LTA sponsored The Care and Feeding of Your Library Director with presenter Cassie Guthrie, Director of the Greece Public Library. Library Trustees and Directors optimize their efforts when they support each other with a clear understanding of delineated responsibilities and a focus on the library mission.

Tim Gavin (LTA Executive Director) Cassie Guthrie (Greece Public Library) Martha Anderson (LTA) Jean Currie (LTA) and Edris Scherer (LTA)

Tim Gavin (LTA Executive Director) Cassie Guthrie (Greece Public Library) Martha Anderson (LTA) Jean Currie (LTA) and Edris Scherer (LTA)

Recognizing the strong connection between Trustees and Friends of Libraries, LTA also co-sponsored workshops on valuable topics with NYLA’s Friends of the Libraries Section (FLS):
· Bringing Friends Back from the Brink
· Building Community when Disaster Strikes
· Friends Choose Their Own Leadership, and
· Best Practices for Management of Friend’s Boards

Paulette Roes (NCLS) Jean Currie (LTA) and Sarah Glogowski (FLLS)

Paulette Roes (NCLS) Jean Currie (LTA) and Sarah Glogowski (FLLS)

A first-time trustee attendee shared this take-away: “NYLA is a great chance for small libraries to get exposed to big libraries and for big libraries to get exposed to small libraries in terms of service population, budget, locality, and programming. What was confirmed at the conference was how wonderful librarians are— smart, committed, and fun!”

Let’s continue the conversation and networking . . . hope to see all of you at LTA”s 2018l Trustee Institute at Long Island (April 27 & 28, Uniondale Marriott).

History of Livonia Public Library:

Celebrating Livinia Public Library 100 Year anniversary 1917-2017

Celebrating Livinia Public Library 100 Year anniversary 1917-2017

The Livonia Public Library serves the community as an educational and cultural center  providing free access to recreational, educational and informational materials and services in both print and non-print. We are members of the Pioneer Library System consisting of 42 member libraries in Livingston, Wyoming, Wayne and Ontario counties.The Gahnyhsas-Tecarnedoi Campfire Girls of Livonia pledged the first $25 for the founding of the Livonia Public Library in 1916. This year they celebrate their 100th anniversary in a big way by renovating their library.

Livonia Public Library - new building renovations

Livonia Public Library - new building renovations

Shared from Frank Sykes, Livonia Public Library Director:

After months of construction, the Livonia Public Library
opened its doors on Saturday, August 26! Celebrating
its 100th Anniversary, the new library is not simply a
building containing books, videos, and computers, but a
vibrant community hub in the truest sense. It is a place
that contains untapped ideas. Conversations not yet
had. Relationships not yet made. It is a library full of
opportunities and potential. The future of possibilities in
this building is only limited by our imaginations!

However, make no mistake about it, this library differs in
our traditional sense of a public library. Instead of a “no”
library: no eating, no drinking, no making noise. This is a “yes” library:

New Children’s section - Livonia Public Library

New Children’s section - Livonia Public Library

YES to eating and drinking. YES to playing and having fun. YES to talking and collaborating. YES to the full use of the library. Your new public library is open and every single person in our community is welcome through its doors!
Your new library has also redefined our approach to its overall mission.

 

As we strive to serve and improve our community everyday, we are doing it through developing relationships in and around our community. Whether it’s through a partnership with the ARC of Livingston County to acquire a
Healthy Habits vending machine, Your new library has also redefined our approach to its overall mission. As
we strive to serve and improve our community everyday, we are doing it through developing relationships in and around our community. Whether it’s through a partnership with the ARC of Livingston County to acquire a Healthy Habits vending machine,  or collaboration with the Livonia Central School District to host class visits, we are ALL moving forward, together.

Food and Beverage Center - Livonia Public Library

Food and Beverage Center - Livonia Public Library

This amazing library would not be possible without the
involvement of so many people in our amazing community. I would like to start with Livonia Town Supervisor Eric Gott and the Town Board. Without their unwavering support of this project, it would not have happened. Senator Cathy Young: her ability to secure state funds was critical to the project’s success. She has been and continues to be a great champion for libraries. To the Library Board of Trustees: their resolute support, clear vision, and
continuing determination brought this amazing library to our town.
Assemblyman Joe Errigo: for securing funds for the library
improvement project and years of being a great library supporter.
Village of Livonia Mayor Cal Lathan and the Village Board: their partnership and assistance in this project was vital. Town Board liaison to the Library, Angela Grouse: her perseverance, direction, and knowledge throughout this project were monumental.

 

Thank you to all the donors whose generous support kick-started the drive to close the funding gap. What you all have done for this library and our community will be felt for generations to come.
Library Board President, Mae Sharman: you have been the
energy and life of this project since day one. Your determination and resolve is absolutely amazing. We all owe you our gratitude.

Prepping the new addition -- Livonia Public Library

Prepping the new addition -- Livonia Public Library

The Friends of the Livonia Public Library: as a result of their hard work and dedication, were able to sponsor the Friends’ Alcove, children’s library furniture, donor wall, Reading Patio, green wall, and numerous other purchases throughout the years.

 

Message from the President of the Library Board of Trustees……….

It has been an exciting year, with the
Livonia Public Library Improvement Project
in full swing. Weather was on our side and
enabled us to proceed on schedule through
the winter doing groundwork and building
the framework.
This endeavor is truly a community-wide
project which will enhance vital services to
all patrons. The dedication and community
support we received from various groups,
individuals, to support from the Town and
Village Board, the Library Board of Trustees
and the Friends of the Livonia Library, Inc,
has been overwhelming and we are very
appreciative. Livonia certainly loves its
library!
Our Library provides free access to
computers, WiFi, books, audios, e-books,
reference materials, magazines, delivery of
library materials to homebound patrons,
children’s story times and Makerspace
STEAM after-school programs for kids and
teens.
Director Frank Sykes continues to introduce
cutting edge technology and is committed
along with the staff to deliver the best
service to all who enter the doors of the
Library. His dedication and commitment has
made the Library a community meeting
place. Our goal is to build on what we have
and challenge ourselves to provide more
services and programs when the Project is
completed.
On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees,
we excitedly look forward to 2018!

 

Mae Sharman
President
Livonia Library
Board of Trustees