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2016 Trustee Institute

Plattsburgh, NY -- May 6th and 7th
"Every Library is a Small Library"

Large or small, rural, suburban or urban, libraries all have the same mission, to provide our communities with services they want, expect, need and we can afford. 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. Become a more informed trustee, your horizons expand and your library benefits. Let's get started.

Hosted by:Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, North Country Library System, Northern New York Library Network, Southern Adirondack Library System

Look who we saw at the Trustee Institute ...

Friday, May 6:

Registration Cocktail hour: Authors, Self-Publishing & Libraries

Authors will be available during the cocktail hour to chat about their books, before they speak more formally after dinner. Sponsors and vendors will also be on hand during the cocktail hour and again on Saturday morning.

Dinner: A welcome from the host Systems, award presentations for Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend, greetings from Bernard Margolis, State Librarian and a discussion by three New York authors.

Saturday, May 7:

Continuing Registration
Breakfast: with a brief word from our sponsors

Morning Sessions:

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.

The Inside and Outside of Evaluations - How they impact planning, growth and funding

How to tie director and board evaluations with your library’s vision and long range planning in order to produce meaningful results.
Presented by Terry Kirchner, Executive Director, Westchester Library System

Positioning Your Library As An Essential Service

Presented by Libby Post, President of Communication Services

Fundraising and Innovation

Speaker: TBD

Velma K. Moore Luncheon:

A lunch will follow the morning programs at which time, The Velma K. Moore Award will be presented.

General Session:

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

Grace Riario -- Assistant Director & Outreach Coordinator, Ramapo Catskill Library System

Lisa Ericson -- Communication, Advocacy & Outreach Consultant, Nioga Library System

The Role of Trustees in the Future of Sustainable Libraries – Strengthening New York's Libraries through Awareness, Advocacy and Accountability.

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.

Stay in touch for further details on our programs and events.

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2015 Trustee Institute

Syracuse, NY -- May 1st and 2nd
"Crucial Connections"

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Lankes

Expecting More From Libraries Wondering how your library's expansion into broader programs, technology classes, Maker Spaces and more relate to the library's role in your community? Get a better feel for the big picture as our libraries play a vital role in community engagement.

Photos from the Institute

2014 LTA Trustee Institute

Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown, NY - May 2 & 3

Challenging the Past to Create the Future

Future of Tech and Libraries (Part I) - Presented by Norman Jacknis, Senior Fellow, Intelligent Community Forum Senior Fellow, National Association of Counties

Future of Tech and Libraries (Part II) - Presented by Norman Jacknis, Senior Fellow, Intelligent Community Forum Senior Fellow, National Association of Counties

Intellectual Freedom: Questions you didn’t know you should ask - Presented by Robert Hubsher, Chris Hansen and Scott Jarzombek

Renee Hobbs announced as Keynote Speaker for Trustee Institute May 2nd & 3rd
Digital and Media Literacy in Libraries: What’s Coming Next

Renee HobbsDr. Hobbs is Professor and Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. Professor Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a leader, researcher, teacher, and advocate, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world.

In 2012 she served as a Fellow for The American Library Association Office of Information and Technology Policy and continues to work to increase visibility for digital and media literacy at the national level.

Ms. Hobbs has worked in Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and China to help bring media literacy education to students and teachers worldwide. Her current consulting clients include PBS NewsHour and the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum.

Renee Hobbs received an Ed.D in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Communication as well as her B.A. from the University of Michigan.

2013 LTA Trustee Institute

Buffalo, NY - May 3rd & 4th

Campaign Planning - Presented by Libby Post, President/CEO Communication Services

Building Your Library Base - Presented by Libby Post, President/CEO Communication Services

NEW CHAPTERS FOR VACANT SPACES: Lessons on Adaptive Reuse for Library Design - Presented by CSArch

The Millennium Hotel in Buffalo, NY was the location for the 2013 LTA of NY Trustee Institute on May 3rd and 4th this year. This marked the first time an annual Institute was held at the western end of the state. Trustees from three western systems, Buffalo Erie County, NIOGA, and Chautauqua/Cattaraugus gathered for a chance to learn more about being a trustee, recognize regional award winners and to network. Mother Nature provided sunny, warm weather, making travel convenient.

This year’s institute did not include a library tour due to the size of the western region. However, a new workshop, offered by Libby Post, started the Institute off before the traditional welcome reception. Friday’s dinner included welcome by the three area system directors; recognition of Outstanding Trustee, Outstanding Friend and Distinguished Service award winners. Rocco Termini provided keynote comments after an excellent dinner.

Saturday provided an opportunity for two large group and three concurrent sessions on a variety of topics. All were well attended. The highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Velma K. Moore award, LTA’s annual recognition of dedicated service to libraries.

The 2014 Trustee Institute will move to another region in our State. Check this website and the quarterly Trustee newsletter for details as this year progresses.

Photos from the Institute

2012 Trustee Institute

Uniondale, New York - May 4th & 5th

Thinking BIG in a Recession for Libraries - Presented by Dennis Belfiore, AIA LEED AP, Principal at Belfiore Architects PC

Parliamentary Procedures: The Rules of the Road - Trustee Institute presentation by Peter Ward, Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library

Photos from the Institute

2012 Trustee Institute

May 4th & 5th

hosted by Nassau County Library System

Uniondale, New York
at the Long Island Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

This is the 16th Annual Institute hosted by LTA. This conference is for library trustees, staff and directors. There are sessions for all levels of experience with opportunities to gain valuable information on roles and responsibilities.

The Institute has always taken the time to recognize those who have provided extraordinary service to libraries by providing the Distinguished Service and the Velma K. Moore Awards. This year we will again recognize the Outstanding Trustee and the Outstanding Friends with presentations on Friday evening.

2012 Conference Agenda


Tour of Roosevelt Public and Merrick Libraries
Roosevelt Public Library- 27 W. Fulton Ave. in Roosevelt
Merrick Library- 2279 Merrick Ave. in Merrick
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Transportation will be from hotel to the libraries and return to the hotel. Bus departs front of hotel at 3:45
Check-In and Cocktail Reception
Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Welcoming & Dinner
Mary Ellen O’Connor, President, Library Trustees Association of New York State

Jackie Thresher, Executive Director, Nassau County Library System

Presentation of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award Winner
Senator Hugh T. Farley

Presentation of the Outstanding Service Awards
2012 Outstanding Trustee Award
Stephen Gaughran, Seaford Public Library

2012 Outstanding Friends Award
Jeanne Petta, Floral Park Library
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Keynote Speaker
Susan N. Herman, Author, President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School

Saturday, May 5th

Registration and Check-In 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Buffet Breakfast and Trustee Networking 8:00 - 8:45 AM
Concurrent Session One
Attendees are asked to attend one of the following:

Safety and Security in Public Libraries
Presented by Michael J. Daly
, Director of Logistics and Security Management, Queens Library

Parliamentary Procedures: The Rules of the Road
Presented by Peter Ward
, Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Break 10:30 - 10:45 AM
Concurrent Session Two
Attendees are asked to attend one of the following:

Thinking BIG in a Recession for Libraries
Presented by Dennis Belfiore
, AIA LEED AP, Principal at Belfiore Architects PC

Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library
Presented by Dr. Roger Levien
, , President, Strategy & Innovation Consulting, Fellow, Office of Information Technology Policy, American Library Association
10:45 - 12:15 PM
Velma K. Moore Award Luncheon – 50th Anniversary

LTA Annual Meeting

Welcome Regent Roger Tilles

Recognition of Previous Velma K. Moore Award Recipients

Presentation of the 2012 Velma K. Moore Award
Carol Franzese, Watkins Glen Public Library
12:15 – 1:30 PM
Session Three

All attendees are asked to join in this session

Fiscal Responsibilities of Board Members and the Effect of the Tax Cap on Libraries
Presented by Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
1:45 – 3:00 PM

Program Descriptions and Our Presenters

Friday Evening Keynote Speaker
Susan N. Herman, Esq.

Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years.

Herman holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she currently teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. She writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics for scholarly and other publications, ranging from law reviews and books to periodicals and on-line publications. Her current book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

The Distinguished Service Award
Senator Hugh T. Farley (R) 44th Senate District

First elected to public office in 1970, Senator Farley served as a Councilmember and, later, Town Council Majority Leader, intheTownofNiskayuna.HefirstranandwonforStateoffice in 1976. As Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries, Senator Farley sponsored virtually every piece of major library legislation from 1978 through 2008. He was a member of the Governor's Commission on Libraries and an elected delegate to the White House Conferences on Libraries in 1979 and 1991. During his stewardship, State aid to libraries increased and new forms of library services, including school library systems and hospital library programs, were established.

Saturday’s Program Highlight and Special Guests
Regent Roger Tilles will welcome conference attendees at lunch. Representing Judicial District 10 – Nassau and Suffolk Counties - Regent Tilles is the Chair of the Cultural Education Committee and is a life-long resident of Great Neck. He has served on committees dedicated to improving education in Long Island. New this year, a special session will follow lunch. New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli will address the attendees.

Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library
What should library trustees and management do to insure that their institutions continue to deliver high quality and valuable services to their communities in the face of external challenges? Dr. Levien will draw upon his recent work for the ALA to spell out the challenges libraries will face, the strengths they can deploy, and the range of options they have. He will also suggest a process that library boards and management can follow to prepare their own strategies for shaping their futures.
Presented by Dr. Roger Levien, President, Strategy & Innovation Consulting, Fellow, Office of Information Technology Policy, American Library Association

Safety and Security in Public Libraries
Learn ways to address patrons who violate library policy; patrons who demonstrate behavioral problems; criminal activity; and how to proactively deal with tweens and teens.
Presented by Michael Daly, Director of Logistics and Security Management, Queens Library

Parliamentary Procedures: The Rules of the Road
Sometimes meetings are very chaotic when making group decisions. Everyone talks at once, trying to sway others to a different point of view. A basic knowledge of parliamentary procedure can make a group’s decision process effective and orderly. Instead of lengthy discussions without resolve, learn how trustees use agendas, motions, committees and amendments to get their work done.
Presented by Peter Ward, Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library

Thinking BIG in a Recession for Libraries
Reactive approaches such as trimming costs and reducing operations are not enough, and waiting out the recession is not an option. We need to flip the picture and expect more out of less. The design process is a powerful way to find value in underperforming situations. It’s a strategic process that can help organizations break free of stale approaches, to question assumptions and envision stronger options. This seminar will address these three topics, with the goal of having you begin to Think Big:

  • Understanding the Process of Design | Library Design 101.
  • Tips for selecting design consultants.
  • Library design trends | the Library of the future.
Presented by Dennis Belfiore, AIA LEED AP, Principal at Belfiore Architects PC

Fiscal Responsibilities of Board Members and how the Tax Cap affects Libraries
Since first taking the position in February 2007 as the state’s comptroller, DiNapoli has transformed the way his office does business, instilling reforms to make government more effective, efficient and ethical. DiNapoli, New York’s chief fiscal officer, is responsible for auditing the operations of all State agencies and local governments, managing the State’s pension fund, overseeing the State’s retirement system, reviewing the State and New York City budgets, approving State contracts, and administering the State’s payroll and central accounting system. In this session he will stress fiscal responsibilities that board members must understand and update us on the tax cap on libraries.
Presented by Thomas DiNaploi, New York State Comptroller

Beginning March 15th, register at

Hotel Accommodations: Attendees are asked to make reservations directly with the hotel.

Host hotel and suggested room accommodations are at the Long Island Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
  • The hotel’s address is 101 James Doolittle Blvd in Uniondale (zip 11553)
  • Call (516) 794-3800 for reservations
  • Reserve by April 21st for the special room rate of $139 per night (taxes additional) – room rate code is Library Trustees Association
  • Subway and Train Station stop: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Westbury Station (2.5 miles away)
  • Complimentary self-parking is available
  • There is no hotel shuttle service from the airport or rail station
  • Visit the hotel’s website at:
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2011 Trustee Institute

Albany, NY - April 29th & 30th

Presentation: Beyond Bake Sales - Raising $$$ That Has Impact - This was presented at the 2011 Trustee Institute in Albany, NY. The presenter, Linda London is a Not-for-Profit Advisor and Adjunct faculty at U Albany. An active fund raising program can provide the funding and focus to take your library to a new level of excellence.

Photos from the Institute

2010 Trustee Institute

Melville, New York - April 30th & May 1st

The following programs are available for download.

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