2018 LTA Institute – Long Island


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


Library Features and Future Fair
Cash Bar & Reception

6:30 Buffet Dinner

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


Registration and Continental Breakfast


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


Coffee Break

10:45-12 noon:



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

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





Look who we saw at the Trustee Institute in Plattsburgh, in addition to our presenters…

LTA 2016 Trustee Institute at Plattsburgh – May 6 & 7

Click Here to Register Now

Library Trustees Association’s 20th Annual Institute
City Hall
41 City Hall Place; Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Every Library is a Small Library; Practices in Planning Growth, Funding

Co-hosted by Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, North Country Library System, Northern New York Library Network, and the Southern Adirondack Library System.


“Every Library is a Small Library:  Practices in Planning, Growth, and Funding”

Large, small, rural, suburban or urban, libraries all have the same mission . . . to provide our communities with services they need, want, and expect. Sometimes it’s a tall order!

Join LTA as we explore activities that will help us with our planning, funding and growth to meet the expectations of our communities. As you become a more informed trustee, your horizons expand and your library benefits.

Book your room now: 
Special Rates for Hotel Accommodations Available
Comfort Inn
411 Route 3, Plattsburgh, NY, 12901
Phone: 518-562-2730 (Block Code: LTA)

The Annual Library Trustees Association Institute will be traveling North this year to the historic city of Plattsburgh. On May 6 and 7, travel straight up one of the most scenic highways in the country or wind your way through the highest peaks in the state to join us at the historic, renovated city hall.

This year we celebrate the idea that every library is a small library. Every library is the heart of its community — and every library has, at its roots, the same need to plan and grow and get fiscal and social support from its community to succeed at its mission.

LTA’s Institute gives trustees from various parts of the state a unique chance to: experience top tier programs and presenters; network, and learn from one another. This Institute will invigorate and inspire through the sharing of innovative ideas and by connecting you with trustees from your region and beyond.

To view a presenter’s full bio, click on their photo, or click on the following link: Presenter Photos & Bios 

Friday Events, May 6

3:00 – 5:00 pm
General Registration and Raffles

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Appetizers, Authors & Discoveries Fair
For the first time, LTA will be hosting a group of local authors, who will be available during the cocktail hour for book signing and discussions. Engage with three New York State authors, exhibits, and vendors. Also: Cocktails (cash bar), raffles, and hors d’oeurves.

Institute Author Panel (May 6)

Cynthia G. Neale Richard Frost Richard Frost

Click on the images above to learn more about the authors.

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Welcome Dinner, Author Panel & Awards

Bernard Margolis

  • Opening remarks by LTA President, Tish Fontanella and Host System Directors.  
  • Presentation of Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend Awards. 
  • Author Panel: Three New York State Authors . . . Cynthia Neale, Richard Frost, and  Mark Barie will host a panel moderated by by LTA’s own author and Board Director, John McCarthy.  The authors will be sharing their experiences about self-publishing, libraries, e-books, how to discover inspiration, and other topics as part of a panel. The panel discussion will be followed by a Question & Answer session. 
  • Closing remarks presented by: Bernard Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and New York State Librarian.

Saturday Events, May 7

8:00 – 9:00 am
Continuing Registration and Executive Breakfast
(with a brief word from our sponsors)

9:00 – 10:15 am
Imagine. Engage. Succeed. (Part I)

Three programs will be presented during the morning, each of which will be presented twice before lunch. This will allow for the opportunity to attend two of the three presentations.

Dr. Terry Kirchner

Option One:
The Inside and Outside of Evaluations -

How they impact planning, growth and funding; and how to tie director and board evaluations with your library’s vision and long range planning in order to produce meaningful results.

Presented by: Dr. Terry Kirchner, Executive Director, Westchester Library System

Libby Post

Option Two: 
Positioning Your Library as an Essential Service

You may consider your library an essential service but does your community?  The workshop helps you unlock the secrets of developing a compelling brand and marketing campaign for your library.

Presented by: Libby Post, President of Communication Services


Option Three:  
Innovation and Funding

Innovative programming and funding ideas and keys to success.  A panel presentation by three North Country and Clinton-Essex-Franklin directors and librarians.

Krista Briggs

Dawn Myers

Canton Free Library — Krista Briggs, Teen Service Specialist
Keene Valley Library — Karen Glass, Director
Lowville Free Library — Dawn Myers, Director

10:15 – 10:45 am
Time to Connect
Coffee Break and time for networking.

10:45 – 12:00 pm
Imagine. Engage. Succeed. (Part II)
(Choice of Breakout Session)
A repeat of earlier breakout sessions — a chance to connect with one of the other presenters.

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Velma K. Moore Award Luncheon
A lunch will follow the morning programs at which time, The Velma K. Moore Award will be presented.

1:30 – 3:30 pm
General Session & Keynote Address

Part One (Keynote Address): The Role of

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Trustees in the Future of Sustainable Libraries: Strengthening New York’s Libraries through Awareness, Advocacy and Accountability 

Keynote speaker: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich — Co-Author of the New Trustee Handbook, head of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative, & Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System


Part Two: Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS): A Shared Framework for Trustee Education in New York State — (a tie-in to the keynote address):

Presented by:

Lisa Erickson, Communications, Advocacy and Outreach Consultant for the Nioga Library System & Grace Riario, MLIS, MPA, is the Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Lisa Erickson

Grace Riario

Description . . .

Part I:

From the influence of the NYS Property Tax Cap, to rapidly advancing technology; from an increasingly regulatory environment and shifting perceptions of what a library is and can be to wild weather patterns – libraries are faced with unprecedented rates of change and disruptive forces that make the job of a library trustee a challenge. Responsive governance of our libraries will chart the course for the future of New York’s public libraries. Join Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in Poughkeepsie NY & co-author of the 2015 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State for a look at the challenges and opportunities facing our libraries today and hear her take on the fundamental mindset shift that will be needed to strengthen your library for the future.


Rebekkah will also review new resources in the 2015 edition of the Trustee Handbook that will support you as you help lead your library forward into the future.


Part II:
Rebekkah will then be joined by Lisa Erickson and Grace Riario, two of her teammates on the Helping all Trustees Succeed (HATS) ILEAD Team, to provide you with an update on the creation of a public library trustee education framework for New York State. The team will provide an overview of their project and share the highlights of the new trustee education curriculum set to be deployed throughout New York via public library systems later this year.

Also this year . . .

A Basket Raffle showcasing interesting items from around New York State and PAC raffle. It’s a time to network with fellow trustees, discuss solutions for common issues and add to the framework you currently have as a Trustee serving a library in New York State.

Please join us!

2016 Institute Presenters — Photos & Bios

Institute Author Panel (May 6)

Cynthia G. Neale Richard Frost Richard Frost

Click on the images above to learn more about the authors.

Bernard Margolis

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 administers 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.

The New York State Research Library serves as the state’s official Law Library and Medical Library holding over 20 million items in its rich and comprehensive collections. The New York State Library Division of Library Development is responsible for administering a system of state and federal support for libraries of every type. Included is the annual administration of over $98 million in grants and support including $14 million for library construction.

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.

Mr. Margolis holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Librarianship, both from the University of Denver. 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.

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

Dr. Terry Kirchner

Dr. Terry Kirchner joined the Westchester Library System as Executive Director in January 2009 and oversees all aspects of the 38-member public library system. His experience in various management positions at public and academic libraries spans more than 25 years.

Previously, Dr. Kirchner served as Director for Access Services at Columbia University Libraries. There, he coordinated and led system-wide interaction between activities across 22 campus libraries, launched effective assessment and marketing programs, conducted ongoing strategic planning and implementation, and expanded the campus-wide interlibrary loan operations. In his prior position at the New York Public Library, Dr. Kirchner managed numerous public service operations, coordinated interlibrary loan operations across its major research centers, and directed the inventory and relocation of over 2 million volumes to an offsite, high-density storage facility.

Skilled in fostering collaborative and cooperative team-based work groups, Dr. Kirchner is certified as an executive coach and earned his doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. He holds an MBA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Baruch College and an MLS degree from Rutgers University. Dr. Kirchner has actively participated in the American Library Association and the New York Library Association.

Libby Post


President, Communication Services

Libby Post brings a wide range of communications experience, advocacy and political campaign expertise to her clients. Her interest in assisting libraries, health care organizations, advocacy groups and not-for-profits with her marketing, development and public relations expertise led her to starting Communication Services in 1984. 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the firm.

A political consultant by training, Post uses her political communication skills to help libraries throughout the country wage successful funding campaigns. She developed the 4-part Library Campaign Training Institute which has been the training core for scores of public libraries.

She is a trainer for the United for Libraries Neal-Schuman Citizens Save Libraries program. The two Michigan libraries she worked with in 2013—Clarkston Independence and Salem-South Lyon—were both successful in their funding votes. In 2014, she worked with Stockton Public Library in California and the Public Library of New London both of which are organizing strong campaigns to increase municipal funding.

Her main focus is helping libraries throughout New York State wage successful redistricting efforts, budget votes, funding initiatives and building referendums. 2015 marks her 10th anniversary of working with libraries.

With a current win ratio of over 80%, Post’s victories in the library field are many. Some of the highlights are:

  • Saving the Mount Vernon Public Library by waging an aggressive grassroots campaign that restored its $4.35M and kept the Library from closing its doors.
  • Creating library districts for Grinnell Public Library (Wappingers Falls), Basloe Public Library (Herkimer), Barker Public Library, Fulton Public Library, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Public Library, Schuylerville Public Library, and Newfane Public Library.
  • Rebranding Saugerties Public Library and then passing a $6.9 million building referendum in May 2008
  • Turning around a losing situation in Spring Valley where the Finkelstein Memorial Library lost its budget vote in 2008 and successfully passing the library’s budget in 2009, 2010 and 2011 each time with margins over 70%.
  • Rebranding and overwhelmingly passing a $250,000 school district ballot proposition in May 2009 for the Jervis Public Library in Rome, NY with 74% of the vote. Passing another school district ballot in May 2011 for an additional $525,000.
  • Passing 414s for the Hudson and Pawling Libraries in November 2009 which stabilized both libraries’ funding bases.
  • Rebranding and passing the Mahopac Public Library’s annual budget in June 2011.
  • Managing the successful effort to pass a 15% budget increase for the Albany Public Library in July 2011 after working hard to narrowly lose a 25% increase in May of the same year.

She is also a sought after trainer/speaker for libraries and library systems. Post is the go-to trainer for the New York Library Association and many of the state’s library systems on district options, campaign training, branding and marketing, and customer service.

Post holds a Master’s Degree in Political Communications from the University at Albany/SUNY. She is the President of Congregation Ohav Shalom. She lives in Menands, NY with her partner of 19 years, Lynn Dunning-Vaughn, 4 cats and a golden retriever named Bailey.

PO Box 1115, Albany, New York 12201; 518/438-2826; www.commservices.net

Dawn Myers

Dawn Myers is currently the Director at the Lowville Free Library in Lowville, NY. She began at the Lowville Free Library in 1995 as a volunteer, then Story Hour Lady, then in 2005 was hired to take charge of programming. In 2008 Dawn received her Associate’s degree from Empire State College. In 2014, Dawn took over as Library Director. Along with creating, promoting, and presenting adult and youth programs, Dawn is responsible for day-to-day library operations, staff supervision, community outreach efforts, and strengthening connections to local schools, preschools, and daycare centers.

In addition to the traditional story times and book discussions, you just never know what you will see on the library calendar or in the library. In recent weeks patrons have enjoyed classes in painting, kimono-sewing, essential oils make-and-take, as well as Lego mania, Teens as Teachers Fairy Tale Festival, and no-sew fort workshops. And not all visitors to the library are human; a tortoise, chicken, a chinchilla, and a hedgehog have all visited. Dawn is receptive to new ideas and approaches in working with all ages. In her free time, Dawn can be found crafting. She owns her own business, DM Designs, selling Adirondack pack baskets, jewelry, and paintings. She is passionate about her work in youth services and is always looking for ways to learn new things and develop her skills.


Karen Glass: In addition to being a teacher, grandmother, quilter, paddler, and storyteller, Karen Glass is the director of the Keene Valley Library, a small rural library in the heart of the Adirondacks. She loves to talk about books and finds magic in library work.




Krista Briggs


Krista Briggs

I have been the Young Adult Services Specialist at Canton Free Library for over ten years, where I put a great deal of my heart and soul into helping teens and young adults feel supported, accepted, and independent. I am a North Country native, and an enthusiastic supporter of innovative library programming and services.


Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, cSBA, LEED AP, is a passionate advocate for public libraries because she knows that libraries can change the world. Rebekkah currently serves as the Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System (Poughkeepsie, NY) where she daily assists 66 public libraries in the areas of leadership, funding and facilities. Rebekkah is the author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State; co-author of the Handbook for Public Library Trustees in New York State and author of the forthcoming book “Sustainable Thinking” from ALA Editions. A founding member of the American Library Association’s Sustainability Roundtable, Rebekkah is proud of her work to help pass the 2015 ALA Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, Rebekkah is a frequent national presenter on the topic of leading libraries forward in smart, practical and effective ways.


Lisa Erickson

Lisa Erickson, MLS, is the Communications, Advocacy and Outreach Consultant for the Nioga Library System (Lockport, NY). Presently, Lisa works with local, county and state governments on economic matters; she orchestrates several grant programs (private and public) for both member libraries and the system; she collaborates with system and member library board of trustees in developing financial, strategic and long range plans; she also coordinates the library system continuing education programs and represents the library system at regional activities (Western New York Library Resources Council), state activities (New York Library Association and Library Development) and national activities (American Library Association). She is a member of Zonta International.

Grace Riario

Grace Riario, MLIS, MPA, is the Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator at the Ramapo Catskill Library System (Middletown, NY). Grace develops continuing education opportunities for library trustees, directors, and staff by partnering with other library systems and consultants across New York State. In her role as Outreach Coordinator, Grace collaborates with other non-profit organizations to bring certified programs to libraries for their community members and promotes the best practices to serve the Spanish speaking community members across the State. Grace currently services as the president of the New York Library Association’s Ethic Services Roundtable.

Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN) Overview – Institute Co-Host & Sponsor

The Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN)  was chartered by the New York State Regents in 1965 to facilitate cooperative services among  libraries in northern New York and to improve library services within the region, which consists of  Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties, an area spanning over 10,000 square miles. The services provided by NNYLN include resource sharing programs, publications, access to research databases, specialized medical information services, regional catalogs, shared collection development, professional training programs, disaster preparedness, conservation/preservation programs, digitization, and electronic document delivery.

In addition to these services, NNYLN is also involved with the New York Heritage and New York State Historic Newspaper projects. These projects provide the public with free access to a wide range of  historical materials, including photographs, letters, diaries, yearbooks, directories, maps, and newspapers.. The New York Heritage project contains over 672,000 items from 285 different institutions and the New York State Historic Newspapers project contains over 5,400,000 pages spanning 444 titles from every county in the state. The New York State Historic Newspapers site receives over 1,200,000 page views per month, making it one of the busiest newspaper databases in the country.

NNYLN also provides continuing education services  on various topics ranging from utilizing Network services to library management and marketing. Classes are both given online as webinars and as in person workshops.

NNYLN is part of the Empire State Library Network (ESLN), an organization  comprised of  the nine reference and research library resources councils in the state. ESLN provides various support services among the nine councils, and works to provide equal access to information for all New Yorkers.

About the Author
Mark L. Barie

Mark L. Barie is a native of Champlain, New York, and a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont (Master’s Degree in Business). He is best known for his civic, business, and political activities which span all 33 years of his career as the founder and president of several North Country firms. Upon his retirement, Barie decided to try his hand at writing.

The author already has several books to his credit, including: A Miracle Comes to Vermont, the biography of a Catholic priest in Alburgh, Vermont; Crossing the Line, a collaborative effort with his wife Christine Racine, which details the history of the border at Rouses Point and Champlain; and The President of Plattsburgh: The Story of Smith Weed, the first-ever biography of Smith Weed, a prominent 19th-century lawyer, business tycoon, politician, and philanthropist from Plattsburgh, New York.

Barie’s next effort, another collaborative effort with his wife, will be The Boat People of Champlain, the heretofore untold story of the boat-building industry that existed in the village of Champlain long ago.

  • The President of Plattsburgh: The Story of Smith Weed (2014, Crossborder Publishing) – Biography of Smith Weed, a prominent 19th-century lawyer, business tycoon, politician, and philanthropist from Plattsburgh, New York
  • Crossing the Line (2012, Crossborder Publishing) – A history of the border at Rouses Point and Champlain; co-authored with Christine Racine
  • A Miracle Comes to Vermont (2007, Crossborder Publishing) – Biography of a Catholic priest in Alburgh, Vermont

About the Author
Richard Frost

Richard Frost

Rich Frost grew up in Glens Falls, New York.  He graduated from Wesleyan University and Duke University College of Medicine.  After completing a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky, he returned north to practice in Plattsburgh, New York.

In addition to his medical practice, he has written the travel column “A Day Away,” first for The Chronicle in Glens Falls, and, from 1988 through 2014, for the Sunday Press-Republican in Plattsburgh.  He currently writes the column “Rich in History” twice monthly for the Lake Champlain Weekly. 

His writing efforts have also included publication of five books, including One Foot Forward: Walks in Upstate New York (2008), and Hotel Champlain to Clinton Community College: A Chronicle of Bluff Point (2011).  His most recent book is More Days Away (2015).  His first play was the musical Battling in Plattsburgh, based on a crucial confrontation near the end of the War of 1812; it was presented in conjunction with that event’s bicentennial in September 2014. 

He has spoken at a range of venues on various topics, including regional travel and history, and the heritage of nineteenth century Adirondack guides.

He lives in Schuyler Falls with his wife Marty and their new yellow Labrador retriever Zoey.

The Works of Richard Frost

Travel writing

A Day Away– biweekly travel column for Sunday edition of the Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, New York (1988- 2013) (Similar column previously written for The Chronicle, Glens Falls, New York 1981-1984)

“Farther Afield” – a second monthly travel column for Plattsburgh Press Republican (1999-2008)

Northern Exploring–quarterly travel and activity magazine, Plattsburgh, New York (2014-present)


Other newspaper columns

“Rich in History” – twice-monthly column for Lake Champlain Weekly (2013-present)

“Read in the Blue Line”– book review column, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Saranac Lake, NY (2012-present)



A Day Away, 1999

Plattsburgh, A City’s First Century, 2002

One Foot Forward: Walks in Upstate New York, 2008

Hotel Champlain to Clinton Community College: A Chronicle of Bluff Point, 2011

“Adirondack Low Peaks,” in Adirondack Reflections (ed. Neal Burdick), 2013

More Days Away, 2014


Battling in Plattsburgh, 2014


Freelance articles

Oriole Gazette, Baltimore, Maryland

Adirondac, monthly publication of Adirondack Mountain Club

Adirondack Family, Glens Falls, New York

The Chronicle, Glens Falls, New York

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Saranac Lake, New York

Northern HGL (Home Gardens Leisure), Plattsburgh, New York

Northern Forester



Multiple venues, including Adirondack Discovery Program, Adirondack Mountain Club, Clinton County Senior Enrichment Programs, Library programs, Clinton Community College, Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Program, Rotary Clubs,

Adirondack Heritage Celebration, Clinton County Historical Association, Warren

County Historical Society

Regional travel topics

Regional history

Adirondack guide history and lore


About the Author
Cynthia G. Neale


Cynthia G. Neale is a native of the Finger Lakes region of New York and currently resides in New Hampshire in an antique home. Ms. Neale is the author of Norah: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th-Century New York and the young adult novels, The Irish Dresser, A Story of Hope during The Great Hunger (An Gorta Mor, 1845-1850) and Hope in New York City, The Continuing Story of The Irish Dresser. The Irish Milliner, her last novel in the series about Norah McCabe, is currently being considered for publication. Ms. Neale has also written a dessert and essay book, Pavlova in a Hat Box, Sweet Memories & Desserts. In addition to these works, Ms. Neale writes plays, screenplays, short stories, and essays. She holds a B.A. in Writing and Literature from Vermont College. Ms. Neale enjoys Irish set dancing, ballroom dancing, reading, painting, hiking, and kayaking. An accomplished baker, she also enjoys creating events for food, dance, and fund raising,

Web Site:  http://www.cynthianeale.com
Facebook: Pavlova in a Hat Box, Sweet Memories and Desserts
Facebook: Cynthia Neale and Norah: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th-Century New York
Twitter: CynthiaNeale@cynthianeale7
Author’s Blog: http://cynthianeale.wordpress.com/



Norah, A Novel by Cynthia G. Neale

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Nominations for Awards deadline is February 26th

Each year LTA offers three awards that are presented at the annual Trustee Institute. It is time to submit your nominations for your outstanding candidates. February 26, 2016 is the deadline for applications. The Institute to be held in Plattsburgh, May 6-7, 2016.

The Velma K. Moore Award is a statewide award that honors the memory of Velma Moore, a founding member of LTA and wife of former NYS Lt. Governor Frank C. Moore. Who is eligible? Any individual or group that has made exemplary contributions to the development of library services in New York State. Nominations can be made by anyone in the library community.

Two awards are offered for individuals from the counties served by the three library systems which are hosting the 2016 Institute: Clinton-Essex Franklin, North Country and Southern Adirondack Systems.

The Outstanding Trustee award will go to a trustee who has shown a true understanding of their role as a Trustee and demonstrated unusual dedication and expertise in their role as trustee. The Outstanding Friend award will be presented to an individual in a Friend’s group who has given extraordinary service as a Friend.

You can find more details about the awards and how to submit nominations by clicking on this link.

Links to submit applications online:
Velma K. Moore Award (Statewide)
Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend Awards (Regional)

I hope to hear from you soon and I hope to see you at the 2016 Institute!

Jean Currie

LTA Awards Committee


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 trustees, library boards or any group of library supporters. Nominations can be made by anyone in the library community in New York State.

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.

Nominating Procedure

The letter of nomination should include:

Name and address of nominee.
Library affiliation.
A statement of not more than 250 words on the reason for the nomination.
Your name and contact information.

Nominations may be submitted by e-mail to: jcurrie@librarytrustees.org or by

mail to: Jean Currie
LTA Velma K. Moore Award Committee
7872 County Rd 153
Interlaken, NY 14847 or

on line:
Velma K. Moore Award Nomination Form

Deadline for receipt of nominations is FEBRUARY 26, 2016

Award Presentation

The Award, a $1,000 cash prize and award, will be presented to the recipient’s library or system of choice. The Award will be presented to the winner at the LTA TRUSTEE INSTITUTE, May 6th & 7th, 2016, in Plattsburgh, NY.

The Velma K. Moore Award was established to honor the memory of Velma Moore, one of the charter members of the Foundation (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 made annually, with a gift from the Moore family.

Regional Awards – Outstanding Trustee & Outstanding Friend

One award for an Outstanding Trustee and one award for an Outstanding Friend, from the library systems participating in the 2016 Trustee Institute – Clinton Essex, North Country, and Southern Adirondack – will be awarded during the May 2016 Trustee Institute to be held in Plattsburgh, NY.

Outstanding Trustee Award: This award will be presented to a trustee who has shown a true understanding of his/her role as a trustee and has demonstrated unusual dedication and expertise in their role as a library trustee.

Outstanding Friend Award: This award will be presented to an individual in a Friends’ group who has given extraordinary service as a Friend, and to recognize his/her efforts to make our libraries a vibrant, active, and essential force in our communities.

Nominating Procedure

Nominations may be submitted online.

The letter of nomination should include:
Name and address of nominee.
Library affiliation.
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 jcurrie@librarytrustees.org or

by mail to:

Jean Currie
LTA Awards Committee
7872 County Rd 153
Interlaken, NY 14857 or

on line:
Outstanding Trustee or Outstanding Friend Award Nomination Form

Deadline for receipt of nominations is FEBRUARY 26, 2016