Trustees from around the Central New York region and downstate gathered at the DoubleTree hotel in Syracuse for two days of networking, recognition and a chance to learn on a variety of topics at the 2015 Annual Trustee Institute. This year’s Institute was a cooperative effort between four library systems and LTA: Onondaga County Public Library System, Finger Lakes Library System, North Country Library System and Mid-York Library System.

Friday activities included a chance to visit a new local winery before the cocktail hour began at 4 pm. Besides enjoying a chance to network with other library trustees, attendees could meet with a variety of vendors as well as visit information tables set up by each of the host systems.  After Friday’s dinner, LTA presented the regional awards to Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend.

Saturday provided a full schedule of networking and learning opportunities. After registration and a continental breakfast, trustees had a choice of three workshops to choose from. Topics included: Legal Issues for Library Trustees, Understanding Audits and the Audit Process, and Communicating with Your Community.  The three workshops repeated mid-morning so attendees could get the most out of their morning. Lunch buffet gave trustees a chance to refuel. Library Trustees Association of New York awarded its primary award, the Velma K Moore award, at the conclusion of the lunch. Trustees who have earned a Certified Trustee certificate received their certificate and pin. Drawings for the basket raffle and the PAC raffle were held before the final session began.

Keynote Speaker, R. David Lankes, profession at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies provided an invigorating presentation on how libraries can become more than mere book repositories in the future. He stressed the importance of connecting with our communities and growing with them as technology and community needs change.

The two day event proved to be a fun and enlightening experience for all who attended. LTA is grateful to our presenters, collaborators at the 4 library systems, vendors, attendees and the DoubleTree staff for making the 2015 Institute a success.

See you in 2016!