‘Getting to know you. Getting to know all about you. Getting to like you; getting to hope you like me.” “Getting to know you. Getting to know all about you. Getting to like you; getting to hope you like me.”
Are you singing, yet? While some may think this song is kind of corny, it came to my mind as I wrote this editorial because your LTA organization has had two great opportunities during the summer to get to know our members and prospective members, and to let you get to know LTA.
In our Summer newsletter, you heard about our successful annual Trustee Institute held in May in Plattsburgh, NY. In this issue, you’ll learn more about the regional trustee session LTA co-sponsored with the NIOGA system in Batavia in August. I am pleased to say that both trustee gatherings were well received and well attended. This success makes the LTA board members’ work on your behalf worth the effort.
I am sure you know the behind the scenes tasks that go into planning a conference or meeting. What topics should be covered; who would be a good speaker; what other activities can be included to build interest; who is “the audience”; all are questions to be worked out. And then there is location, location, location. What you may, or may not yet, have experienced, is the outcome at these LTA sponsored workshops. While library trustees and directors may agonize over whether they can take the time; attend “another meeting”; afford the cost; drive, fly, or train to the session; once attendees get to the institute or regional meeting, they can’t get enough of the sessions!
You might look at one of our registration brochures and see a 45-minute session on Financial Basics and think, “good grief, how boring”. Yet, attendees in Batavia would gladly have listened another 30 minutes to that topic because the content and presenter was giving them information they need, and perhaps didn’t know they need. LTA tries to present topics of interest and importance. Sometimes the topics may sound drab, but the information is always based on current issues and concerns in the library community.
Lastly, what do trustees and directors attending our information gatherings enjoy the most? It is the chance to get to know other trustees and library professionals, whether from their own systems or from other systems around the state. I like to think, too, that attendees like to get to know LTA, our board and our Executive Director. We are all on the same team!
The LTA board is already working on plans for the 2017 Trustee Institute. If you have topics you want to suggest, just let us know. Check your calendar for a possible date in late April or early May. Invest in yourself on behalf of your library, and give us a chance to get to know you!
Are you singing, yet?
by Adria Ripka