A Visit to our May Regional Training site: Broome County Memorial Library

The Broome County Public Library opened in October 1904. Originally called the Binghamton Public Library, it was created with a gift of $75,000 from Andrew Carnegie. The building was designed to serve as both a public library and a community center. On the first floor was a collection of 14,000 books and the second floor housed the library’s auditorium, the Binghamton Museum of Fine Arts (now part of Roberson Museum) and the Broome County Historical Society

In 2000, the library opened in a modern building at its current location of 185 Court St.  The new building went back to its original roots as not only a library, but a community center, offering all types of classes and meeting room space.  Over 300,000 people visit the library each year to attend a meeting, check out a book or use a computer.

 The computer lab was repurposed as the Creation Station and houses computers with digital photography software.  There is also a sewing machine, a Cricut die cut machine.  Classes in knitting and beading/jewelry making can be found in the Creation Station as well as yoga and drawing.

 A library garden accentuates the property with an originally designed sculpture and gazebo as centerpieces.  This gives patrons and community members a quiet place to contemplate or read during nice weather.

  Broome County Public Library hosts poetry classes and beginning computer classes. These are taught by students and faculty from Binghamton University.  BCPL partnered with SUNY Broome to bring the BIG READ to the community in early 2017.  The featured book will be “The Things They Carried” by Timothy O’Brien.  Mr. O’Brien will be coming to Binghamton to discuss his book and the Vietnam experience in March.

 In 2012, Literacy Volunteers of Broome and Tioga Counties moved into the building to serve their students and teachers in a central location.  This is a perfect union of literacy training and libraries.  The group holds 3 classes per week in mathematics, reading and English conversation besides offering one-on-one tutoring for adult beginning readers.

The Friends of the Broome County Public Library hold 8 book sales a year and staff a Friends Gift Shop.  The Gift Shop is chock full of toys, like Gumby and Pokey, and higher quality used books.  The Friends are an integral part of the library and fund adult and children’s summer reading programs.  They also purchase a whole host of other library equipment, shelving, books and databases.

 Of course, none of this would be possible without a dedicated group of library trustees.  They keep the library on target and functioning, creating policies and supporting the community.  We are lucky to have such a great synergy with our partners, friends, community leaders and trustees.

New Collaboration Offers Leadership Opportunity for Public Libraries in New York State

The New York Library Association (NYLA), and Westchester Green Business have announced a new collaboration that will strengthen libraries and their communities for decades to come by providing a clear path forward toward environmental sustainability for participating libraries.

Through funding awarded through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program, Westchester Green Business has opened access to their groundbreaking program that has helped dozens of businesses, nonprofits and the award-winning Hendrick Hudson Free Library make operational decisions that result in more sustainable, resilient futures for themselves and their communities, to all public libraries in New York State. This collaboration helps bring to life the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries unanimously passed in 2014 by the Council of the New York Library Association.

The CGC program is a statewide initiative, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), that encourages communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local decision-making, and then form partnerships to transform markets, leading to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and generation of economic development benefits.

“Participation in the certification program not only provided us the opportunity to evaluate and enhance our sustainability efforts,” said Hendrick Hudson Free Library director Jill Davis, “but it allowed us to become part of a greater movement which has created unique partnerships and educational possibilities.”

The program, Green Business Certification, provides a turnkey system to successfully integrate sustainable practices into library operations. Library leaders will learn exactly where resources are being wasted and identify opportunities to increase efficiency and save money. Proprietary performance tools are used to calculate the economic and environmental impacts of energy, travel, waste, water and refrigerants in a library, while staff surveys gauge behavioral impacts.

Dani Glaser, Westchester Green Business Program Director commented, “It is an honor to have been selected by NYLA to provide the benchmarking platform for their Sustainability Initiative. Libraries are uniquely positioned to make a significant impact influencing patrons, communities, and libraries across the nation about the importance of sustainability.”


Check out this short video:https://youtu.be/5fQBqehRL6Y to learn more about the program and its benefits for libraries from Jill Davis, the director of the award-winning Hendrick Hudson Free Library, the first library in the state to become certified under this program. She is joined by Dani Glaser, Westchester Green Business Program Director who provides introductory information about the program.

Thanks to this collaboration any public library in New York State may join this program and benefit from the 10% discount for non-profit organizations.

Check out the 2017 Membership Rates and access the Membership form here: http://climatechange.westchestergov.com/green-business/westchester-green-business-certified

Ask Joe Eisner: If a library staff member is appointed to serve as board secretary, is that a conflict of interest?

LTA Members:Get Questions Answered
Do You Have a Library Question Which Requires an Answer?
Ask Joe Eisner (click to learn more)

As part of LTA’s expansion of service to aid and assist library trustees and directors, LTA offers members an opportunity to confer with Joe Eisner, free of charge.

Joe can be contacted toll-free at 1 (866) 720-8969 or by email at ltafaqjoe@librarytrustees.org. (Question are handled with discretion.)

For more information about Joe Eisner’s experience and background, please click on the “Ask Joe Eisner” tab under “Resources and Links” on LTA’s website.

Please note: The following should not be construed as legal advice, for which the services of counsel should be obtained:


Question: If a library staff member is appointed to serve as board secretary, is that a conflict of interest?

Answer: No. An association or public  library board may appoint as secretary to the board any of the following:

1. current staff member, whether full or part time- there would be neither a conflict of interest nor a seeming impropriety in such an appointment.  In addition to their regular salary, a current staff member may be paid a stipend on a monthly basis, or in a lump sum, by voucher subsequent to each board meeting at which the person is performing  as secretary.

In the case of a public library, whether municipal or school district (SDPL), if the person appointed is a current staff member, whether full or part-time, there may be no need to report the arrangement to the local Civil Service Commission. (It would be prudent to consult with the Commission to verify this.)

If desired, the library board could seek Civil Service Commission  approval of a job title for this part-time position of board secretary, which might also involve paying the incumbent in the same manner as all other library employees are paid, including accounting for them on the annual report form which in conformance with Civil  Service Commission procedures is assumed to be submitted to the Commission.

SDPL’s submit such reports directly to the local Commission.  In the case of municipal libraries, depending on local practice, the report is submitted either by the library  directly or by the municipality in behalf of the library if the municipality includes library employees with municipal employees in the municipality’s  annual report to the Commission.

If the library staff is represented by a collective bargaining agent (CBA), it would be prudent to appoint as secretary to the board a staff member who is not represented by the CBA: example- anyone occupying a position which is identified in the CBA contract as “management/confidential”. That could include the library director.

2. current or past library board member- if the latter, the board may opt to compensate that person for the time involved in attending board meetings, and subsequently transcribing the minutes. A current library board member cannot be compensated for this function.

3.member of the public-  need not be a resident of the community and who may be compensated for such service.


Please note: If you have any additional questions about this topic, please contact Joe Eisner at the e-mail/phone above.

 

Sponsors


Dignity Memorial is a strong advocate for libraries and trustees because they recognize the important role that libraries have in uniting communities, especially in times of need, and because libraries provide their patrons with grief management resources to which they might not ordinarily have access.As proud sponsors of the Library Trustees Association of New York State, Dignity is honored to provide to all members and their extended family the following benefits:

  • 10% discount for pre-planned or at-need Funeral Arrangements for all LTA members and their extended families, nationwide.
  • Free access to Dignity’s Grief Management Library (please see below for details)
  • Free copies of Dignity’s Four DVD Grief Management Series
  • 10% discount on Cemetery Property and Services. * NOT AVAILABLE IN ALL STATES.
  • 10% discount on Merchandise for burials and cremations
  • 10% discount for Monuments and Services
  • Everlasting Memorial DVD
  • 24 hour Compassion Helpline
  • Aftercare Planner (Help manage Estate matters)
  • Bereavement Travel Program
  • National Transferability
  • 100% Service Guarantee

For more information or to request copies of Dignity’s DVD Series for your library, please call Kevin Mack, General Manager, at 855-344-6366 or email him at kevin.mack@dignitymemorial.com.

For Dignity locations, please search here:
Dignity Locations

Grief Management Library

All LTA member libraries and systems are welcome to include the following link on their websites:

http://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-us/community/guidance-series.page

The library consists of a series of twenty-five articles written by professionals in the field, including: professors from universities throughout the country, nurses, PhDs, and psychologists who are board certified in traumatic stress and bereavement training.

Dignity has received many requests from library directors and trustees to provide their libraries with copies of this series  Queens Library has the series in hard copy format as part of its collection, and their staff has remarked that the series has a surprisingly large circulation.

In response to these requests, Dignity has generously agreed to make their entire Grief Membership Library available to LTA member libraries and their patrons free of charge.

Contact

Dignity Memorial Funeral Providers
35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, New York 11106
T 855.344.6366    F 718.721.7115
http://www.DignityMemorial.com
kevin.mack@dignitymemorial.com

Are you interested in becoming a corporate sponsor?
Please contact LTA’s president Patricia Fontanella to get the particulars.

Speak Up for NYS Library Aid 2017-2018

Please join us at Advocacy Day on March 1!
Please be sure to stop and visit LTA’s welcome table.  You will be provided with a “trustee” sticker which you can wear to help you stand out as you attend your meetings. When trustees speak, legislators take notice.  

Meanwhile, please take a moment to send an automatic e-mail to your local legislators and legislative leaders (you will have an opportunity to edit the letter before it gets sent).  Please take action now: Click Here.

Libraries are educational institutions.  They are chartered by the Board of Regents, and library aid is administered by the NYS Department of Education.  As educational institutions, libraries deserve to be funded like other any other educational entity, and LTA, in collaboration with NYLA and other library organizations, is asking legislators to increase state library aid in proportion to increases in education funding.  

Right now, we have an uphill battle.

 Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget for 2017-2018 cut  library aid by 4%.

If you take a moment to look at the graphs provided by NYLA, you can see that more than $111 million in aid has been withheld since fiscal year 2007-2008.  This past fiscal year library aid was $95.6 million — 2006 levels!

You are encouraged to show the graphs to your local legislators as you advocate for libraries. The graphs provide a great visual tool of how large the discrepancy is between what Education Law mandates and what libraries actually receive when it come to state funding.

As you advocate and encourage legislators to take a serious look at how underfunded NYS libraries are, here is some additional information provided by NYLA to help state your case:

 

 

 

Background

  • New York State Education Law requires Library Aid for FY 2017-2018 to be $102.6M. Total state funding in the FY2016-17 enacted budget was $95.6M, placing library aid at 2006 funding levels.

  • More than $111M in statutory State Library Aid has been withheld since FY2007-2008.

Messaging

  • Library usage and demand for services are surging statewide

  • A January 2015 Siena Poll found library usage is up: 10% statewide, 15% among women respondents aged 18-34, nearly 15% among African-American respondents, 15% among Latino respondents, and among all income demographics, with usage up 20% for those households making less than $50,000 annually.

  • Libraries are a core component of our state’s educational infrastructure – LIBRARIES ARE EDUCATION

  • A January 2015 Siena Poll found that 94% of New Yorkers say their local library is an important part of our education system, with nearly half saying library aid should increase proportionately to increase in education funding.

  • Libraries are chartered by the same Board of Regents that oversees schools, colleges, BOCES and other educational institutions, and library aid is administered through the NYS Department of Education.

  • Libraries are the leading digital literacy educators in New York State. When schools close at the end of each day, each week and each school year, libraries remain open to New York’s children and families.

  • Libraries are critical for access and equality.

  • The same January 2015 Siena poll found for nearly 33% of African-American and Latino respondents, and 25% of households making less than $50,000 annually, the public library is their primary source of internet access;

  • Of the respondents who have used their local public library for job seeking or career building programs in the last six months, 53% were African-American, and 40% were households making less than $50,000 annually

  • Libraries and library systems are models of shared services and collaborative planning. According to the State Education Department, local communities realize $7 in services for every $1 allocated in state aid.

Printer Friendly Version of the NYLA 2017 BUDGET PRIORITY – LIBRARY AID (PDF) (12-1)

LTA thanks NYLA for the bullet pointed information contained in this article.

Library Trustees Association of New York Meeting Minutes

Friday, November 11 to Saturday November 12, 2016

Directors Present:Tish Fontanella, Adria Ripka, Martha Anderson, Jean Currie, George Wolf, John McCarthy, Phill Archer, Timothy Gavin (Executive Director).
Excused Lateness: Bola Majekodunmi
Guests Present: Terry Kirchner, Edris Scherer, Susan Chapman

Call to Order: President Fontanella called the meeting to order at 7:37pm Friday November 11, 2016

Public Comment: None

Approval of Minutes: Moved by Wolf, seconded by Ripka to approve the minutes of 22-23 September 2016. Motion Passed.

Introductions: Edris Scherer, Westchester LS, short description of her experience working with libraries. Professed an interest in event planning.

Terry Kirchner: Expressed thanks to LTA for efforts at institute and in PULISDO. Pointed out cultural shift due to new directors in his organization. There is more focus on trustee training than in the past, and there is a greater role for LTA in tighter times.

Responding to questions, Kirchner suggested certificates and press releases would be adequate recognition efforts, any opportunity for local businesses to participate would be helpful, auditing of libraries by the state has increased community involvement, and that PULISDO is creating a general framework for minimum standards that they plan to forward to the DLD.

Susan Chapman: recounted her library career, suggested that outside experts have an outsized impact in trustee training, and is interested in working in the area of Legislation.

Treasurer’s Report: Delayed until Saturday to allow for Treasurer to arrive.

President’s Report: Fontanella reported the following:

  • She will be stepping down in December from the board due to end of her term

  • The organization is growing well with many successes

  • Coordination with other organizations is going well

 

Committee Reports:

Nominating: McCarthy reported that the slate of officers for the coming year would be presented the next day.

Education: Anderson noted the following:

  • The Marriott in LI would be giving a proposal for TI lodging soon.

  • LI regional institute plans were being developed.

Gavin noted Joe Eisner was on board to speak, the Plainview library has space, YSS has offered assistance, local directors are interested, traffic is a concern, and dates needed to be decided soon.

 

Legislation: Anderson noted the following:

  • No feedback from the Legislative Council

  • There is an effort on getting aid at education levels, but also a desire to increase supplemental aid to libraries.

  • Key legislation will develop closer to session

  • March 1, 2017 is the next Legislative Action Day

  • Omara and Abenati will likely be greatest library supporters in Legislature

 

Membership: McCarthy and Gavin noted the following:

  • Membership drive letter and web article are finished

  • Script for personal contact forthcoming

  • 2017 membership renewals already coming in at record level

  • Kirchner volunteered to follow up with NYPL about system membership

 

Communications: Ripka noted the October newsletter went out in a timely fashion.

Gavin noted that all library directors in state get the newsletter, get notified to renew their LTA membership, and that the differences in tech skills among trustees can be an issue.

 Awards: Fontanella questioned if the LTA should postpone all awards until next TI. General agreement on that course. Anderson noted the revamped STAR program would reset points although we could grandfather anyone in

Anderson noted the LTA needed to decide on workshop for NYLA 2017. “Care and Feeding of Directors” was discussed as a potential topic. Cassie Guthrie was discussed as possible presenter. “Choose Your Own Adventure” is theme for the conference.

 Adjournment to Executive Session: Currie motioned, Ripka seconded (9:55) PassedLeave Executive Session: Currie motioned, Ripka seconded (9:58) Passed

The Board recessed until Saturday at 9:30
The Board reconvened at 9:05 on Saturday, 12 November, 2016

Guests: Carol Desch, DLD

 

Old Business: 2017 Meeting dates as follows:

  • January 14 – Phone Conference – 9-12 AM

  • March 10-11 Albany

  • May 13 – Phone Conference

  • June 9-10 Planning Meeting

  • September 15-16 Albany

  • December 1-2 Albany

 

Carol Desch

Desch noted the updated trustee handbook on the DLD website with new information on treasurer responsibilities, potential new federal library funding that the the DLD will be getting input on for planning, the DLD is seeking a $6 million increase in the infrastructure area of the state budget for libraries, and $2.5 million for a statewide e-book platform.

 Binghamton 2017 TITK

Curried noted that there is no date or topic decided on as yet. She will be meeting with Steve Bachmann the Executive Director of the 4 County Library District in December to discuss. The event will likely be in the Broome County Library.


Treasurer’s Report

Gavin noted that the Erie system is up for its 3 year renewal and that tight budget controls have led to probable positive revenue this year.

After reviewing the budget Anderson moved to accept the budget for 2017, Wolf seconded, Motion passed.

Wolf motioned to accept the P&L statement, Anderson seconded. Motion passed.

 

Long Island TITK

Plainview library has space and facilities and is interested in sponsoring. Majekodunmi, Anderson, and Scherer on the planning committee.

 

Star Recognition Program: After discussion, the following was decided:

The Gold and Platinum words were taken out for now, general agreement on getting pins, credits to be accumulated annually, a press release to home library needs to be developed. After modifications a page will be put in the newsletter.

 

Goals and Long Range Plan:

Fontanella led a discussion on the status of the goals in the spreadsheet listing those. Gavin was tasked with asking NYLA to create a trustee template for contacting Legislators.

New Business:

Motion by Wolf to accept the proposed slate of LTA officers, Archer seconded. Motion passed.

Currie motioned to elect Susan Chapman to a term as an LTA Director, Wolf seconded. Motion passed.

Archer motioned to elect Edris Scherer to a term as an LTA Director, Wolf seconded. Motion passed.

Ripka noted that Gavin should send out a new contact list for all directors.

There being no other business of the board to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Wolf and seconded by Ripka. Motion passed.

Submitted by John McCarthy

Free Webinars Available at Webjunction

The State Library is excited about the year ahead and we hope you continue to share this information about FREE WebJunctioncontent and webinars with your regional or system staff trainers as well as through other communications to library staff.


WebJunction’s free, online course catalog has 43 self-paced, online courses on library topics, as well as over 200 curated webinar recordings ready and available when you are. Check out the courses on Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) from the Idaho Commission for Libraries, which cover collection development, technical services and public services. Explore these courses and more in the catalog today!


Highlighted content from WebJunction

What’s Your Story? You need to tell your story. Whether you call it story-telling, marketing, advocacy, promotion or community outreach, you need to make your library’s story heard in your community. To tell your story effectively, you mustunderstand your own story—what you’re about, how you’re central, what you offer and what you should offer. What’s your story?

Forums Facilitate Important Community Conversations: Learn how the Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) planned and hosted a series of community forums on the topic of teen suicide as part of their “Issues That Matter” programming series. The series has been a regular part of the programming in the library district since 2010, and its purpose is to facilitate important community conversations on high-profile, current event topics.


Free WebJunction webinars for you!

There are three webinars on the horizon and we look forward to having you join us! If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog.


Toward Tech Savvy Trustees
Thursday, January 26, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour
Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/toward-tech-savvy-trustees.html

Library staff are expected to embrace technology advancements and keep their skills sharp and their libraries relevant. But what about library boards—how tech savvy are your trustees? The more that trustees are dialed into a personal use of technology, the better advocates they will be for the library’s technology needs. Learn some fun and practical ways to inspire greater tech savviness in your trustees. You don’t need a board of IT specialists, just a board that has a sharper set of digital tools.

This webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is an encore presentation of a session presented at the 2016 ARSL conference.

Presented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District


Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour
Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/financially-empowered-consumers.html

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) exists not only to protect consumers but to empower all of us to take more control over our economic lives. The CFPB recognizes the important role that libraries can play as the go-to source for unbiased financial education resources in every community. The CFPB plans to build a community financial education infrastructure with libraries and national partners to reach consumers in their neighborhoods, expanding on programs and resources that are already working in libraries. With this infrastructure in place, public libraries can help fill consumers’ critical financial knowledge gaps by providing and distributing easy-to-understand, behaviorally informed financial education content. Learn about program ideas, resources and tools, and how to connect with local partners. Take your library and your community to the next level with patrons empowered to be informed consumers.

Presented by: Ken McDonnell, Financial Education Program Analyst, Office of Financial Education, Division of Consumer Education and Engagement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


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Webinar: Toward Tech Savvy Trustees

Thursday, January 26, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour
Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/toward-tech-savvy-trustees.html

Library staff are expected to embrace technology advancements and keep their skills sharp and their libraries relevant. But what about library boards—how tech savvy are your trustees? The more that trustees are dialed into a personal use of technology, the better advocates they will be for the library’s technology needs. Learn some fun and practical ways to inspire greater tech savviness in your trustees. You don’t need a board of IT specialists, just a board that has a sharper set of digital tools.

 This webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is an encore presentation of a session presented at the 2016 ARSL conference.

 Presented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District

To ensure you continue to get NYLINE messages, please add  NYLINE@listserv.nysed.gov to your “trusted contacts”!

Webinar: Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour

Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/financially-empowered-consumers.html

 The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) exists not only to protect consumers but to empower all of us to take more control over our economic lives. The CFPB recognizes the important role that libraries can play as the go-to source for unbiased financial education resources in every community. The CFPB plans to build a community financial education infrastructure with libraries and national partners to reach consumers in their neighborhoods, expanding on programs and resources that are already working in libraries. With this infrastructure in place, public libraries can help fill consumers’ critical financial knowledge gaps by providing and distributing easy-to-understand, behaviorally informed financial education content. Learn about program ideas, resources and tools, and how to connect with local partners. Take your library and your community to the next level with patrons empowered to be informed consumers.

 Presented by: Ken McDonnell, Financial Education Program Analyst, Office of Financial Education, Division of Consumer Education and Engagement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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Webinar: Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 ♦ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ♦ 1 hour

Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/visualizing-and-finding-funding-for-libraries.html

This webinar will introduce participants to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state, and local levels. Participants will learn pro tips on navigating the tool and as well as next steps on how to pursue new funding opportunities. Data visualizations such as maps, network constellations, and partnership pathways showcase key networks of funders and recipients, as well as individual grants that highlight the library services and programs that are winning grants. Visualizing Funding for Libraries is a Knight Foundation News Challenge winning project.

Presented by: Kate Tkacik, Manager of the Funding Information Network, and Amanda Dillon, Manager of Knowledge Services, both from the Foundation Center.

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