KAREN BALSEN TO RETIRE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY

Library Development Specialist Karen Balsen is retiring after ten years of service at the New York State Library effective June 1, 2017.

Ms. Balsen first joined the New York State Library’s Library Development Team in 2007.  Over the past decade, she has worked closely with the 23 public library system youth services coordinators, the leadership of the New York Library Association’s Youth Services Section, the national Collaborative Summer Library Program, colleagues in other units within the State Education Department and dozens of other state and national partners to improve the quality of library services for New York’s children and teens. Her creative and effective use of online resources, social media and other communications tools and her efforts to reach out to diverse audiences and partners have resulted in increased visibility for and use of New York’s libraries.

Under Ms. Balsen’s expert guidance, participation in the State Library’s Summer Reading at New York Libraries program grew by 40 percent from 1.5 million participants in Summer 2008 to 2.1 million participants in Summer 2016.  Creative programs developed by Ms. Balsen, such as the Teen Video Challenge have helped to promote summer reading not just in New York State, but also across the nation. Partnerships fostered under her leadership with the NYS Legislature, 4-H, Hunger Solutions, the New York Council for the Humanities, the NYS Reading Association and others have helped bring more visibility and resources to library programs statewide.

Library Development Specialist Karen Balsen

Since its inception in 2013, Ms. Balsen has led the development of New York State’s first statewide early literacy library program, Ready to Read at New York Libraries. Under Phase One (2014-2016) of this new statewide initiative, Ms. Balsen led the New York State Education Department Team that obtained a modest federal planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, chaired an advisory group of early childhood experts in developing a statewide plan for improving earlyliteracy library services and coordinated the first Ready to Read at New York Libraries Summit in

Spring 2015.  Because of Ms. Balsen’s leadership, the State Library has generated thirteen new statewide early literacy partnerships with statewide organizations such as the NYS Council on Children and Families, Head Start, Reach Out and Read, Educational Television and Public Broadcasting, and the NYS Parenting Education Partnership.  These collaborative partnerships have enabled local libraries to reach deeper into their communities to find and serve young families, including at risk populations.  The State Library has trained and certified a 30+ member Training Cohort of youth services librarians as early literacy expert trainers.  Ms. Balsen efforts have resulted in the effective leveraging of state and federal funds to enable Cohort members to deliver the Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program to libraries across the State.  Thus far, the State Library has partnered with the 23 public library systems to train 1,134 staff from 453 of New York’s 1067 public libraries and neighborhood branches. Training will continue through 2019.

In addition to her work with youth services programs, Ms. Balsen has provided thoughtful leadership and coordination for the State Library’s public library systems and school library systems programs in her role as the Team Leader for Library Development’s Outreach, Networking and Regional Advisory Services Team since 2015. She has managed the State Library’s Adult Library Literacy and Family Library Literacy Programs since 2014. During her ten years at the State Library, she has worked as a regional liaison with libraries and library systems in five of the nine regions – the Capital District, Long Island, North Country, South Central, and Southeastern NY regions.

Ms. Balsen’s ability to relate to her colleagues, library users, librarians, library trustees, local government officials and community leaders and their unique concerns have been invaluable assets to the State Library, to the State Education Department and to the hundreds of libraries and systems that she has worked with over the years. Her deep passion for libraries and her thorough understanding of the positive life-changing impacts that libraries and library staff can have on people from all walks of life will be sorely missed.

In addition to her work at the State Library, Ms. Balsen has also worked as Assistant Director at the Guilderland (NY) Public Library, a branch manager at Albany (NY) Public Library, a reference librarian at Sage Colleges and a school librarian at both public and nonpublic schools. She has an MLS from the State University of New York at Albany and a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government and researchers from throughout the United States since 1818.  In its leadership role, the State Library works in partnership with the State’s 73 library systems to bring cost-effective, high-quality library services to the millions who use New York’s 7,000 libraries.  The State Library’s Division of Library Development works with librarians, trustees, school administrators, public officials and local leaders to solve problems and find new ways of supporting the development and improvement of public, school, academic and special libraries across New York State.  One of the nation’s leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.  The New York Library is in Albany, New York. Information about the programs and services of the State Library is available at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/

For More Information, Contact:
Carol A. Desch
(518) 474-7196
Carol.desch@nysed.gov   

FRANK REES JOINS NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY

AS LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Frank Rees joined the staff of the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development as a Library Development Specialist on March 9, 2017.

Mr. Rees will be providing program management assistance and leadership in the administration of the State Aid for Library Construction program and will also assist in the management of the New York Online Virtual Library (NOVELNY) program. He will also provide oversight for the Public Librarian Certification program and serve as continuing education coordinator.  After a period of training and orientation, Mr. Rees will also serve as a regional liaison from the State Library for multiple public library systems. Each of New York State’s 73 library systems is assigned a State Library staff member as their regional liaison.

Frank Rees

Mr. Rees’s background includes over twenty years of experience as a public library director in special district, association, school district and municipal libraries.  Most recently, he was the director of the Saugerties Public Library where he developed a capital spending plan, improved IT infrastructure, implemented a museum pass program and started a Little Free Library program that will place twelve Little Free Libraries throughout the Saugerties community.  Mr. Rees also serves on the Board of the New York Library Association’s Leadership and Management section.

Prior to his experience at the Saugerties Public Library, Mr. Rees held director’s positions at the Hudson Area Library and the Kent Public Library and served as the Assistant Director at the Howland Public Library.  Mr. Rees holds a B.A. in English from the State University at Plattsburgh, and an M.L.S. from the University at Albany.  He has also held leadership positions on the Mid-Hudson Library System’s System Services Advisory Committee and chaired the Mid-Hudson Library System Director’s Association.  Mr. Rees has also served on the New York Library Association Council.

The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government and researchers from throughout the United States since 1818.  In its leadership role, the State Library works in partnership with the State’s 73 library systems to bring cost-effective, high-quality library services to the millions who use New York’s 7,000 libraries.  The State Library’s Division of Library Development works with librarians, trustees, school administrators, public officials and local leaders to solve problems and find new ways of supporting the development and improvement of public, school, academic and special libraries across New York State.  One of the nation’s leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.  The New York Library is in Albany, New York. Information about the programs and services of the State Library is available at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/

For More Information, Contact:
Carol A. Desch
(518) 474-7196
Carol.desch@nysed.gov

Using Social Media to Advocate for Libraries by Library Journal

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When you’re putting together an advocacy program for your library, using social media is crucial—it’s one of the easiest ways to reach targeted audiences in or-der to build your base of support and a simple, cost-effective way to reach advocates where they al-ready are. Just about every library has a website and, at least, a Facebook page. Most also use Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and/or Instagram. It’s all about deciding which market you want to reach.

Social media is straightforward and allows you to create, post, and share content that is imperative to your advocacy effort. One of the best things about nearly any social media platform is that setting up a basic page is free. The second best thing is that advertising and targeting are effortless and inexpensive. Third, you can create library advocates while they are sitting their living rooms or offices.

According to 2015 statistics, Facebook has a 46.5 percent market share of social media users, YouTube is at 21 percent, and Twitter at 4.5 percent. If you want to reach adults, Facebook is key. If you want to reach people who like to watch videos, You-Tube is your best platform. For young moms, Pinterest works best. If you want to reach teens, it’s all about Instagram. Twitter is for news junkies and those who like their information and notes at 140 characters or less.

Getting Social
One of the first steps is establishing your page. A library Facebook page is not the same as a personal account. You must, however, have a personal account to set up a page for your advocacy effort. Click on the pull-down menu on the left side of your personal Facebook page, then choose “create a page.”  You’ll be walked through the rest.

The next step in social media advocacy is to determine who you want to reach. The first level is voters—anyone 18 or older. The next is voters who value the library. That could be young moms or dads (age 25–40), retired adults (over 55), families, and working adults (35–55). Knowing whom you’re targeting with specific messages will help you boost posts to specific audiences.

Next, designate one or two folks from your advocacy team to coordinate social media efforts. They should be enthusiastic library supporters as well as savvy social media users. They should know how to work the social media outlets and how best to take advantage of them. They should also be well versed in the advocacy campaign and its messaging and programs such as Adobe Spark that enable you to design great looking graphics for your posts.

One you’ve figured out which platforms you’ll use—I suggest Facebook and YouTube as the base—then it’s time to develop a social media calendar based on your campaign calendar. Figure out which messages will be promoted each week to support your advocacy efforts. Also, make sure that the Facebook page is not identified as “Acme Public Library” but something like “Acme Residents for Our Library.”

Strategic use of text, images, and videos is paramount to cut-ting through the message clutter and getting yours to stick. Text should be comprehensible and to the point. The images and/or graphics should generate an emotional response and enable people to feel connected to the advocacy strategy. You want to get them to like your page.

Employ graphics that are engaging and attractive. Create videos to support your campaign. For a short campaign that focuses on getting a local village board to approve a bond for a building (without going to the voters), we built the Facebook pageScarsdale Parents for an Improved Library. We used pictures of cute kids enjoying themselves at library pro-grams and schematic drawings for the proposed improvements. We posted the content of every bulk email sent out and created a video of graphics we used (a tool available on Facebook).

Once your posts or videos are done, spend a little money and boost them. Boosts are incredibly effective, reaching a targeted audience for a limited amount of time for a specific amount of money. Note that you can only boost posts or videos from a page, not from your personal account.

Just click on the boost button, and you’ll land on an interface that lets you set the geographic reach (your zip code or the name of your town), the gender and age of the people you want to reach, the time frame, and the budget. You can spend as little as $50 to connect with a specific audience for three days.

When you boost a post on Facebook, you can also boost the same post on Instagram if you have a page on that platform. You don’t need to advertise from YouTube—you can link your You-Tube page to your Facebook page or upload videos directly onto Facebook.

Whatever you do, don’t forget that social media isn’t just for fun—it’s a vital portion of your library’s advocacy plan.

For more information on how you can use social media for your library advocacy campaign, contact Libby Post, President/CEO of Communication Services

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.

LTA Elects New Directors and Officers

The November meeting of the LTA Board of Directors brought several changes to the Board. Elected for three year terms, beginning January 1, 2017 was Edris Scherer from the Westchester Library System and Susan Sabers Chapman from the Buffalo Erie Library System. Each bring many years of service and commitment to libraries. 


Edris Scherer

Edris Scherer from the Westchester Library System

Edris Scherer represents the Westchester Library System as a Trustee.

She has served as a Trustee of the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem for fourteen years and currently serves on the boards of a variety of community organizations in North Salem and Katonah.

For over twenty-five years she has been part of the Katonah Chamber of Commerce and is a past president. She has a Master’s degree in elementary education and enjoyed teaching science.


Susan Rogers

Susan Sabers Chapman from the Buffalo Erie Library System

Susan represents the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System, and has been a trustee for over 21 years, and President for the past 10 years at the Alden Ewell Free Library in Alden, New York.

She started as a page, at age 16, and worked in multiple positions at the Alden Ewell Free Library, and the University at Buffalo Science & Engineering Library.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Buffalo State College.

She is married to William, who serves as Vice President at the Alden Ewell Free Library.  They just celebrated their 26 year wedding anniversary.

She enjoys reading, spending time with family, and traveling


Tim Gavin Welcomes Edris & Susan

Tim Gavin, Executive Director of LTA welcomed Edris and Susan and thanked them for their time and willingness to serve, as they begin their terms.

Completing her term of service on the LTA Board was Tish Fontanella, representing the Westchester Library System for the past six years. A surprise dessert (not desert) accompanied the meeting.  Terry Kirchner, Executive Director of the Westchester Library System, Edris and Tish enjoyed the moment.

Terry Kirchner, Executive Director of the Westchester Library System, Edris and Tish enjoyed the moment.

Officers for 2017 were elected and serving as President will be Aria Ripka, Vice President, Martha Anderson, Secretary, John McCarthy, and Treasurer, Bola Majekodunmi.

Cohoes Antiques Appraisal

Recently, the Friends of the Cohoes Public Library were, once again, offered an unexpected fund raising opportunity.  The Manager of the weekend Cohoes Flea Market at 103 Remsen St., in conjunction with a Cohoes City Fall Festival being held on that same main street, had contacted a local antiques dealer and store owner requesting that he conduct an “Antiques Appraisal” session at their storefront.  He agreed on the condition that any funds raised benefit a non-profit or charitable group, specifically the Cohoes Library Friends.

John, a Cohoes Library Friends’ member and volunteer, who manages our Lobby Book Store was approached and asked to help with this project. He had dealt with the dealer in the past regarding more valuable book donations

Advertising was handled by the Cohoes Flea Market Manager and the Friends’ and Book Club publicity person.  With only two weeks’ to go until the event, publicity was mainly in the two local daily and one weekly newspapers, plus flyers at the Flea Market.

The Flea market Manager was very helpful, providing ample space in the middle of the store for the eight foot table, with tablecloth, chairs for the appraiser, helper John, cashier/ticket taker and for the customers too, plus an outlet strip for the dealer’s laptop and magnifying lamp.  She’d also set up another small table nearby with a basket of mums, and seasonal refreshments:  cider, donuts and a Halloween bucket full of candy.

Although advertised at $5.00 per item to be valued, with a limit of three at one time {as the appraiser once had someone bring in eighty paintings to a similar event}, most people brought only one or two of their treasures:  a 1950s girl’s bicycle, signed costume jewelry, a set of three Uncle Wiggly books, a metal charger, a match safe, a scrapbook and a signed 60s Yankee baseball to name a few of the interesting “finds”.  However, as per THAT ever popular PBS show, the condition of the item, no matter how rare, is the most important consideration.  That being said, several items were rather highly valued, namely a Broadside newspaper article on a battle of the War of 1812 and a souvenir bronze table top reproduction of the Arc d’ Triumph.  Overall, the people seemed to be happy just to discover more information about their items, even if the value wasn’t all they’d hoped it would be.

Our two hour appraisal saw a steady stream of people bringing their total of twenty items to be appraised.  Customers patiently perused the kiosks at the Flea Market and enjoyed the refreshments while awaiting their turn at the table.

With that continued success of that certain show, in all its locations, an antiques appraisal can be quite a lucrative fund raiser with a little effort from a few people and lots of publicity.  One such event, several years earlier that also benefitted the Cohoes Library Friends, was sponsored by a local merchant in a vacant storefront.  The empty space was filled with chairs for the waiting customers and people were directed to the dealer who specialized in their item.   It was very successful both for the appraisers who saw some unusual “finds” and for the Friends.  There was more advanced notice and it was held for an additional two hours.  The addition of a second appraiser – and an opportunity to have metal objects scrapped for cash – at this earlier event likely added to its success.

2016 Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State Is Now Available!

October 31, 2016
2016 Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State Is Now Available!

State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today the availability of a revised online edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State.  The 2016 revised online version is posted on the State Library’s website at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/trustees/handbook/index.html

“Thousands of library trustees and library leaders have made use of this valuable resource and are more clear, comfortable and confident in the roles and responsibilities of trustees thanks to it, “said Mr. Margolis.  “I would like to express my deep appreciation to co-authors Jerry Nichols and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich for their excellent work in continuing to improve and expand the Handbook.”

 The major addition to the revised 2016 online edition is found in a new appendix:  “The Role of the Public Library Treasurer.”   This new appendix includes background information on this important topic and answers some of the many questions the authors have received over the past year.
“This is a must-read for every public library trustee and library leader in the State,” said Mr. Nichols.   “Also, I would like to thank Andrew Mace, the Division of Library Development’s webmaster, for his work in making the online edition of the Handbook so accessible and easy to use.”
The 2016 revisions embed links to key State Library hosted webinars of use to trustees, links to NYLA’s Field Guide to Civil Service and address other significant issues related to Library Treasurers and Library District Clerks. 

The Handbook is produced with the assistance of the Public Library System Directors Organization of New York State, the Library Trustees Association of New York State, the New York State Library and the New York Library Association.

Questions and comments about the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State may be directed to either of the co-authors, Jerry Nichols at Gerald.Nichols@liu.edu or Rebekkah Smith Aldrich at rsmith@midhudson.org .


New York’s Libraries Information Network; on behalf of; DLD DLD@NYSED.GOV

LTA has lots to offer JOIN OUR CHORUS

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 2017 so we can connect trustees throughout the state with the resources they need.


Please Renew Your Membership for 2017 Today!


NEW Recognition program - STAR

Thank you to all of you who renewed in 2016!  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.

 

TRUSTEE, the LTA Quarterly Newsletter

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.

Advovcay Day 2016 - The Well

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

 

 

Velma K. Moore Award Winner 2016 -Sam Patton

Recognizing:

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

 

 

 

 

Trustee Institute 2016 Plattsburgh - Terry Kirchner presenting Inside & Outside of Evaluations

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

 

 

Trustees In The Know - Richmond Memorial Library August 2016

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 2017. which is 50 more libraries than were members in 2016.

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.

 

 

Locally Grown

Burnt Hills Flag Day parade

Burnt Hills Flag Day parade

The Town of Ballston Community Library is located in Saratoga County. We’re a Special  District Library primarily supported by the residents of the Town of Ballston outside of the village of Ballston Spa. The Town of Ballston has about 10,000 residents. In reality we serve the residents of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District. We have great relationships with our schools, local businesses, legislators, and town board members.

Spring Fling Raffle

Spring Fling Raffle

I’ve heard other librarians say that they don’t shop in the towns where they work because they don’t want to be recognized. I do shop in the town where I work and I want to be recognized. The library shops local whenever feasible – we use the local copy center and the local hardware store. Our library recently became a pick up location for Field Goods. Once a week they drop off bags of locally grown produce. Not only are we supporting a small business, but we are also pulling in patrons who might not usually come to the library. The library also provides display space for local artists and photographers, providing them with sales opportunities and bringing new people into the library.

Library Mini-Golf

Library Mini-Golf

Our Friends of the Library group runs two fundraisers each year – library mini-golf and a Spring Fling Raffle. We ask local businesses to sponsor tees or holes and invite them to contribute themed raffle bags.  We don’t ask for huge amounts of money – Spring Fling raffle bags only have to be worth $35; mini-golf sponsorship is $100.00. Both fundraisers offer businesses an opportunity to highlight their services and use some creativity and imagination. Raffle bag donations are created around themes and are fun to put together. Mini-golf sponsors get to decorate their holes or tees so golfers putt through an eyeball at the Burnt Hills Optical hole and wing their balls around a tire at Gil’s Garage.

 Library Mini-Gold Sponsor hole – Burnt Hills Optical

Library Mini-Gold Sponsor hole – Burnt Hills Optical

Friends and staff go directly to businesses to talk about library mini-golf. Youth Services staff visit our schools to talk about the summer reading program, but they also participate in after school programs and host the Parents as Reading Partners read aloud event. Trustees attend town board meetings and talk about the library. We go to Library Advocacy Day and talk to our legislators and make sure they know we appreciate them. The library is a member of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business and Professional Association and I attend their meetings and participate in their events – we march in the annual Flag Day parade and we clean up garbage on Town Clean Up Day. 

Say Thank You, loudly and often

Say Thank You, loudly and often

All year long we celebrate and recognize our supporters.  Our library FaceBook page Likes their FaceBook pages. Our website lists them as contributors and provides links to their websites, if they have them. One of our bulletin boards is reserved for notices from local businesses. Trustees encourage librarians to leave the library and provide support to make it possible. Never underestimate the power of a well-publicized thank you!

Karen J DeAngelo, Library Director

Renovation Celebration.

Renovation Celebration. Invite them all! Our town supervisor, President of the Business and Professional Association, the architect, Assemblyman Tedisco and the school superintendent are all here.

LTA Goes to NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs

Is the NYLA Conference on your radar screen? Registration is still open on the NYLA website for the Annual Conference, November 2-5, in Saratoga Springs.

Trustees and professionals are often tasked with envisioning and defining libraries of the future. What skill set equips you to tackle this challenge? Trustees and professionals will come away from the LTA-sponsored workshop, Can You LEARN to Be a Visionary?,  with strategies to begin the process.

Dr. Terry Kirchner, Director of the Westchester Library System will help trustees and professionals create a meaningful vision statement and incorporate current and future trends into their mindset.

LTA works closely with the Friends of the Libraries Section to co-sponsor three workshops that highlight successful library initiatives: Friends Grow Friends Online, Book Sale Bonanza, and Friends of Libraries Showcase.

LTA is a co-sponsor of several other program sessions:

  • Q& A with Commissioner Elia
  • Libraries as Social Service Centers
  • Programming with Little (or No) Staff
  • Ready-to Read at New York Libraries
  • Friends of Academic Libraries

Hope to see you there.