LTA Notice of Awards and Call for Nominations

LTA Awards

The Library Trustees Association of New York (LTA) presents awards each year at its Trustee Institute. This year, that Trustee Institute is held May 1st & 2nd, 2015, at the DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY. Nominations for awards are accepted until March 6, 2015.

Statewide Award

Velma K. Moore Award


Any individual or group of individuals who has made exemplary contributions to the development of library services in New York State is eligible for nomination. These nominees may be public library trustees, library boards or any group of library supporters. Nominations can be made by anyone in the library community.

Criteria for Evaluating Nominees

  • Measurable service to local, county, system or state libraries, advancing the effectiveness of these libraries.
  • Service in areas of legislation or other support that advances library issues with local, state or federal government.
  • Promotional services through publishing, speaking or involvement in professional or lay library groups or organizations.
  • Service to State or national library organizations, e.g. Library Trustee Association, United for Libraries, New York Library Association, American Library Association.
  • Service on State study committees.


The Award, a $1500 cash prize and award, will be presented to the recipients library or system of choice. The Award will be presented to the winner at the LTA TRUSTEE INSTITUTE, May 1st & 2nd, 2015, at the DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY.

The Velma K. Moore Award was established to honor the memory of Velma Moore, one of the charter members of the Library Trustees Foundation of New York State (later NYSALB and now LTA) and wife of former New York State Lt. Governor Frank C. Moore. Mrs. Moore worked actively for the improvement of library service in New York State from 1947 until her death in 1961. Mrs. Moore served two terms as president and was a member of the Board from its establishment. For thirty-three years Mrs. Moore was a Trustee of the Kenmore Public Library near Buffalo, New York.

The award was originally established in 1962, and is made annually with a gift from the Moore family

Regional Awards

One award for an Outstanding Trustee and one award for an Outstanding Friend, from the systems participating in each years Trustee Institute (in 2015, they are Onondaga, Mid-York, North Country, and Finger Lakes). The awards will be presented during the May 2015 Trustee Institute May 1st & 2nd, 2015, at the DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY.

Outstanding Trustee

This award will be presented to a public library trustee who has shown a true understanding of the role of a trustee and has demonstrated unusual dedication and expertise to carrying out that role.

Outstanding Friend

This award will be presented to an individual in a Friends group who has given extraordinary service as a Friend in recognition of those efforts to make our libraries a vibrant, active, and essential force in our communities.

Nominating Procedure

Nominations may be submitted online by filling out the following form(s):

Statewide Award: Velma K. Moore Nomination Form (Click Here)

Regional Awards: Outstanding Trustee or Friend Nomination Form (Click Here)

The letter of nomination should include:

  • Name and address of nominee.
  • Affiliation (library, system, elected official, etc.).
  • A statement of not more than 250 words on the reason for the nomination.
  • Your name and contact information.

Nominations may also be submitted:
by email to or
by mail to:
Jean Currie
LTA Awards Committee
7872 County Rd 153
Interlaken, NY 14857

Deadline for receipt of nominations is MARCH 6, 2015

A Trustee Goes to NYLA

Why do trustees attend the NYLA Conference?

  • To get answers – NYLA workshops address the current issues facing local trustees
  • To glimpse the future – NYLA is a showcase of programs, products, and possibilities
  • To network with library leaders – NYLA engages you as library advocate with professional colleagues

The 2014 NYLA Conference on November 5-8 in Saratoga Springs explored the theme Open Libraries/Open Minds. NYLA is the professional organization of the library community.

LTA sponsored Advanced Trustee Training: (Beyond Your Average Boot Camp). Presenters Dick Strauss and Joe Eisner walked some 40 participants through the maze of financial, legal, and professional personnel responsibilities facing every library board. They answered audience questions concerning new policy requirements, best procedures for audit preparation, and annual performance reviews of library directors. Review of library policies to ensure they meet current criteria and are legally defendable was a priority topic in a variety of conference workshops.

LTA co-sponsored sessions with the newest NYLA section, Friends of Libraries, covering annual fundraising appeals, library foundations and endowments, and legal concerns facing Friends groups.

One of the best take-aways from the conference is the opportunity to hear many library visionaries and authors from all genres. Keynote speaker Rich Harwood encouraged professionals and trustees to reorient libraries from looking inward to turning outward to take on the shared aspirations of the community as their defining story. Best of all for readers, there are books and more books, electronic and print, and authors who share their journeys.

Library Trustees should plan ahead to October 2015. NYLA will celebrate its 125th anniversary in historic Lake Placid, home of Thomas Dewey and the US Winter Olympics. The word from NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen is that it will be “the best conference ever.”


Martha Anderson, LTA Education Chair, Joe Eisner, Presenter and Tim Gavin, LTA Executive Director

Advanced Trustee Training Session

Dick Strauss & Joe Eisner


The public libraries in Larchmont and Mamaroneck recently completed a successful and innovative Community Read.  During the entire month of October the program “One Book-One Mamaroneck” sought to unite the community through reading.  Hosted jointly by both Libraries, the program was the brainchild of Susan Riley, Director of the Mamaroneck Public Library and Laura Eckley, Director of the Larchmont Public Library.  The selected book, I AM MALALA: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, was the focus of over 20 events and numerous book groups. The events were aimed at bringing residents of Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Rye Neck into a common dialogue that was both thought provoking and educational.

A year in the planning, the month long initiative invited the numerous service organizations throughout the community of more than 33,000 residents to participate.  Over 20 organizations answered the call and planned programs around the book, while addressing their own organization’s focus.  Participating organizations included the Mamaroneck High School, the League of Women Voters, local Rotary Clubs, Girl Scouts, Senior Centers, local cable tv and a wide variety of additional groups.  Each program was unique and focused on one of the many themes highlighted in the book that spoke to their own organization’s mission; the empowerment of women, courage and bravery, peaceful resistance, international politics, the power of education, activism, and the role of fear in oppression.  The month culminated with an essay contest for High School students sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

A highlight of the program included a program held for students at the Mamaroneck High School by Judy Clain,  Editor in Chief at publisher Little, Brown and Company, who discussed working and traveling with Malala and her family.  Judy discussed what life is like today for Malala and her hopes for the future.  Judy also told the story of accompanying Malala and her father to an appearance on John Stewart’s Daily Show.  The high school students had many questions for Judy about Malala and her ongoing work.

The idea for “One Book-One Mamaroneck” began when Susan Riley, Director of the Mamaroneck Public Library, selected I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzi (Little, Brown: 2013), as the book to read. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one young girl chose to speak out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at the age of fifteen, she nearly paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school. Few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery took her on an extraordinary journey from the remote hill country of northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At seventeen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history.

The ONE BOOK – ONE MAMARONECK program celebrated the best of the human spirit with over 1,000 residents attending one of the programs.  The Libraries plan to continue hosting the Community Read on a biennial basis.

You can reach either of these library directors at their emails if you would like further information:,

Jerry Nichol’s Webinar Recording Now Available – Public Library Finance & Trustees Fiduciary Responsibilities

To access the recorded version of Jerry Nichol’s webinar, please click on the following link:

Recording: Public Library Finance and the Trustee’s Fiduciary Responsibilities

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[NYLINE] State Library and Library Trustees Association Offer December 4 Webinar: Public Library Finance and the Trustee’s Fiduciary Responsibilities

On Thursday December 4, from 10 am to 11 am, the New York State Library and the Library Trustees Association of New York State will offer a webinar by Jerry Nichols entitled, “Public Library Finance and the Trustee’s Fiduciary Responsibilities.”

The webinar will provide a brief overview of the Library Trustee’s roles and responsibilities in public library finance.  It will also review what every Trustee should know about the Library’s financial resources and revenue streams, investment and procurement policies and internal controls.  Lessons learned from recent NY State Comptroller’s library audits will also be discussed.
The primary audience for this webinar is trustees, but others are welcome to attend. The webinar will count as continuing education for New York State Public Librarian Certification. For those who are unable to attend the live webinar on December 4, the webinar will be archived on the State Library’s website at a future date (see ).

Mr. Nichols is the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and retired Director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Past Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, Mr. Nichols is also the author of the “Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, 2010 Edition” (
The URL for the webinar session is
Registration is not required.
Before the session, users can click this link to determine if their pc meets the minimum requirements for Blackboard Collaborate:

The minimum requirements are listed in the following link:

Please contact Amy Heebner ,Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at if you have any questions about the webinar.

LTA C.A.R.E.s . . . We know you do too.

We need your support to do even more and to provide more services in 2015 so we can connect trustees throughout the state with the resources they need.

Please Renew Your Membership for 2015 Today!

Thank you to all of you who renewed in 2014! 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.


  • 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


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


  • 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 467 member libraries in 2015, which is just 30 more libraries than were members in 2014.

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.


Welcome new Board Members and Congratulations to Tim Gavin

Representatives George W. Wolf from the Monroe County Library System and Jesse Feiler, from the Clinton, Essex, Franklin Library System are now members of the LTA Board of Directors. We welcome George and Jesse and the outstanding talents they bring to our LTA organization.

See further information in the About Us section of our website.

Congratulations to Tim Gavin. For several years Tim Gavin orchestrated the development of the LTA Policy Database, which now has over 3,000 policies that can be viewed and searched on our LTA website. This past year Tim became the Association Manager of LTA, expanding his duties, responsibilities and efforts for our organization. His work on behalf of LTA has shown his commitment and dedication to LTA and at the September meeting of the Board of Directors, his titled was changed to Executive Director. Thanks to Tim for his continued work for the trustees of New York and the great collaboration he has brought to the LTA organization.

Mamaroneck and Larchmont Public Libraries host a Community Read

The month of October saw two Westchester libraries, Mamaroneck Public Library and Larchmont Public Library combine efforts for a Community Read. And it was timely! The book chosen to be read was “I Am Malala”, by Malala Yousafzai. Less than two weeks into the month long event, Malala was chosen as the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

Many activities were planned in both communities and the attached Event Guide for Programs, the Readers Guide for the Book and the Essay Contest for High School Students gave opportunity for the whole community to find a way to participate.

Event Guide

Reader Guide

Essay Contest

The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System

The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System spans a geographically isolated area of 164,000 square miles which is, as we like to describe in our public relations pieces, “approximately the size of the state of Connecticut.”  Member public libraries are dotted across a historically rich yet economically disadvantaged region that ranges from Tupper Lake, deep in the Adirondack Mountains of rural Franklin County to Rouses Point, which is strategically located on a major US – Quebec border crossing less than 50 miles from Montreal.  Libraries as disparate as the Black Watch Library, Ticonderoga (a Carnegie Library) and the Akwesasne Territory’s Library & Cultural Center, which serves residents of both the US and Canada, are linked together by a shared online catalog, and perhaps as importantly, a shared vision of service.

     The Adirondack Park, which is the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous United States, and the largest National Historic Landmark, encompasses parts of all three counties we serve.  Ironically, the Quebec-New York Trade Corridor, which is described as “the fulcrum of economic activity flowing between Quebec and the State of New York (7.7 billion in trade in 2012) also punctuates our service area.  The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has a robust vision statement, which is to “Lead the Economic Renaissance of New York State’s Small Cities and Rural Communities.” These factors combine to make very exciting service challenges for our small community libraries, many of which are staffed by a single “Jill of All Trades” staff member.

    The System has responded by cultivating key partnerships with public and private agencies.  In 2012, we piloted the “Discovery Pass” program which gives families who hold a public library card free admission to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. CEFLS Director Ewa Jankowska says that the Discovery Pass is a boon to local families who are looking to explore a terrific natural history resource right in their own backyards.  2014 finds the System in year two of a three year Adult Literacy Services Grant from the NY State Library.  The project builds expands existing partnerships with the North Country Workforce Investment Board and other agencies to provide library based resources and training for job seekers.  Project partners are working collaboratively to support the online job search success of area residents, many of whom are “geographically isolated” and “economically or educationally disadvantaged.”   By the end of the project, up to 12 local libraries will be positioned to provide enhanced services to local job seekers, and will be accessible one-stop gateways to job search resources. Since the vast majority of member library directors do not hold a MLS degree, continuing education and professional support from the System are important elements of this project and in most others as well.

    System consultant staff and grant paid presenters provided over 3,000 hours of library based training to library trustees, staff and the public in 2013.  Topics included advocacy and community assessment, basic computer skills for adult new learners, job seekers and seniors, a variety of consumer health CE classes, and individual instruction on eBook downloading.

   CEFLS is non-profit federated system that serves patrons of 30 public libraries in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties in New York’s far northeastern corner.  The System was chartered in 1954 by the New York State Board of Regents and is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of five representatives from each county.  Each member library operates independently under the direction of its own board of trustees and is funded primarily by local taxes. CEF and member library staff and trustees work together to provide the best possible library services to people living in our region by integrating the world of books with current media and information technologies.  The System’s focus on resource sharing, cooperative delivery of goods and services and collaborative project management means we can deliver thousands of dollars’ worth of enhanced library services at a fraction of the cost of providing these services separately.


- Julie Wever, Outreach Coordinator CEFLS