Greetings, LTA members and library supporters.

My impression of 2017 so far is that everyone I know is busy, busy, busy.

Whether it is family life, work load, or volunteer activities, the time from January
1st to mid April has just flown by. I have no doubt many of our readers will agree.
Recognizing everyone’s busy schedule, I hope you will take the time to read through
this issue of the Trustee so you can include some of our upcoming activities on your calendar.

Many of you participated at Advocacy Day in Albany on March 1st. Thank you for doing that. It is important for our elected officials to hear from trustees. You and I represent our patrons in a way that professional staff cannot. My statement does not diminish the important role our directors, staff, and professional library organizations play in keeping library needs in the forefront. However, feedback from individuals elected or appointment by the public does carry great weight; and that is particularly important when funding for libraries is under attack.

Getting back to keeping dates open on your calendar, LTA’s first regional meeting for 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 6th in Binghamton, NY. You’ll see more details on the times and topics in this issue. Some fine points are still being finalized, but I look forward to meeting many of you there. Keep in mind that the session is being held in the Southern Tier to give trustees and staff in that area a chance to take advantage of the meeting.
However, that doesn’t mean folks from other areas are not welcome. Binghamton
is located at the crossroads of 3 major highways, so take out your maps or your
GPS and see if a 1 or 2 hour drive is doable. I think you will find the chance to
network, learn, and enjoy ideas and experiences from others wearing the hat of
library trustee well worth your time.

LTA’s second regional meeting will be held downstate on August 12th on Long Island. We are working on details for that session and will share them in a later edition of the Trustee as well as on our website, We’ll also keep you posted through Tim’s monthly email blast.

We’ve planned our regional sessions with the hope that the dates do not conflict with vacations and family events. For much of our state, the months when we see no snow or stormy weather seem short.

Here’s that “time” thing again. So, we appreciate your commitment to continuous learning and try to provide convenient opportunities.

I’ll close with two quotes of Albert Einstein:

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Come to one of the regional sessions and broaden your thinking.

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library”. Enough said

Adria Ripka

by Adria Ripka