Greetings, members and LTA supporters
I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the beginning of the Fall season and are back
in full swing after your busy Summer.
I always feel that having a change of seasons keeps us on our toes. When we need to adapt to change, even a challenge, we sharpen our wits and really look for ways to use the change to improve some aspect of our job/home/library. My home library, Salina Free
Library in Mattydale, NY, is looking to change the use of our library space to respond to the needs of our teen readers. I commend our Director for identifying the need and doing a thorough job of exploring options and commend our staff for participating fully in the thinking and planning.
You’ll see mention of several changes in this issue that will affect the library community. One is the excellent new Handbook for Library Trustees for New York State now available through your library system. I know long-time trustees may think they know what is
involved in their role as a trustee. However, I encourage every trustee, both new and experienced, to read this updated document. Our libraries are not what they were 20 years ago!
Another change you need to be aware of is the sexual harassment legislation recently
passed in New York State. We have a brief outline of it in this issue and a link you can
use to explore the full requirements.
As is common during the Autumn months, local and State elections will be taking place, bringing possible change to your elected officials at several levels. Get out and vote and get to know those who win the elections. Our libraries need supporters, not just talkers.
You’ll read about minimum standards changes being considered that involve library trustee education. Those ideas are being brought forth because of the important role you and I play in library land. We are elected or appointed by our constituents to see that
libraries meet their needs. You and I need to be well-versed in our roles to meet those needs.
LTA is continuing to change in its role as the only organization in New York chartered to support, educate, and represent library trustees. Since our June planning meeting, the board has been working on maintaining the organization without an Executive Director. Part of our exploration involves trying to determine if having that type of position is in the best interest of the organization, or if becoming a section of NYLA is a viable option. A survey will be coming to you for your input in the process. It may come via postal mail and/or an email blast. I hope you will respond with your comments. LTA is here for you, the library trustee. We value your ideas.
During this time of exploration, LTA has heard from a few members and directors with questions on our website and policy database. Please know that our website is up and running and we continue to work on restoring our policy database. Because of the volume of policies, we are considering a weed of older policies so that the database reflects what is current.
We appreciate your patience during our explorations and look forward to hearing your thought and comments whenever you care to share them.
Enjoy the season!