May a library board meet less often than specified in its by-laws, and vote by e mail or telephone to deal with contingencies or “urgent matters” which might arise in the interval between such meetings?
100 Library Trustees gathered on August 12 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for LTA’s regional workshop, Trustees in the Know. Rob Caluori, Director of Information Technology at Westchester Library System, broke down technical issues of patron privacy in what might be called Cybersecurity 101 for Libraries. He spelled out risks to library patrons, explained the concept of a public and [...]
Registration is still open on the NYLA website for their Annual Conference, November 10-11, in Saratoga Springs. Join us on Friday, November 10, 9:00 am - 10:00 am for LTA's featured program ... Title: The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Library Director Join Cassie Guthrie for a (mostly) light-hearted look at how what trustees [...]
From the Desk of Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Opioid overdose statistics released by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are frightening: "91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (that includes prescription opioids and heroin)." The Huffington Post reported that "drug overdose is the [...]
October is Health Literacy Month. The Library Advocates Tumblr blog recently shared information from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) about their Health Literacy Toolkit. Libraries are an important resource for community information. This toolkit might be something to consider for a special display. The free toolkit, which is available at (http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/health-literacy-toolkit), includes [...]
One of the challenges of sharing this column each edition is that of having content that will be relevant by the time our readers receive the newsletter. What is newsworthy at the time of writing might be irrelevant a month later. Alas. There are a few items, however, that I feel will bear up. First, [...]