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Library Trustees Association’s 20th Annual Institute
City Hall
41 City Hall Place; Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Every Library is a Small Library; Practices in Planning Growth, Funding

Co-hosted by Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, North Country Library System, Northern New York Library Network, and the Southern Adirondack Library System.


“Every Library is a Small Library:  Practices in Planning, Growth, and Funding”

Large, small, rural, suburban or urban, libraries all have the same mission . . . to provide our communities with services they need, want, and expect. 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. As you become a more informed trustee, your horizons expand and your library benefits.

Book your room now: 
Special Rates for Hotel Accommodations Available
Comfort Inn
411 Route 3, Plattsburgh, NY, 12901
Phone: 518-562-2730 (Block Code: LTA)

The Annual Library Trustees Association Institute will be traveling North this year to the historic city of Plattsburgh. On May 6 and 7, travel straight up one of the most scenic highways in the country or wind your way through the highest peaks in the state to join us at the historic, renovated city hall.

This year we celebrate the idea that every library is a small library. Every library is the heart of its community — and every library has, at its roots, the same need to plan and grow and get fiscal and social support from its community to succeed at its mission.

LTA’s Institute gives trustees from various parts of the state a unique chance to: experience top tier programs and presenters; network, and learn from one another. This Institute will invigorate and inspire through the sharing of innovative ideas and by connecting you with trustees from your region and beyond.

To view a presenter’s full bio, click on their photo, or click on the following link: Presenter Photos & Bios 

Friday Events, May 6

3:00 – 5:00 pm
General Registration and Raffles

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Appetizers, Authors & Discoveries Fair
For the first time, LTA will be hosting a group of local authors, who will be available during the cocktail hour for book signing and discussions. Engage with three New York State authors, exhibits, and vendors. Also: Cocktails (cash bar), raffles, and hors d’oeurves.

Institute Author Panel (May 6)

Cynthia G. Neale Richard Frost Richard Frost

Click on the images above to learn more about the authors.

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Welcome Dinner, Author Panel & Awards

Bernard Margolis
  • Opening remarks by LTA President, Tish Fontanella and Host System Directors.  
  • Presentation of Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend Awards. 
  • Author Panel: Three New York State Authors . . . Cynthia Neale, Richard Frost, and  Mark Barie will host a panel moderated by by LTA’s own author and Board Director, John McCarthy.  The authors will be sharing their experiences about self-publishing, libraries, e-books, how to discover inspiration, and other topics as part of a panel. The panel discussion will be followed by a Question & Answer session. 
  • Closing remarks presented by: Bernard Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and New York State Librarian.

Saturday Events, May 7

8:00 – 9:00 am
Continuing Registration and Executive Breakfast
(with a brief word from our sponsors)

9:00 – 10:15 am
Imagine. Engage. Succeed. (Part I)

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.

Dr. Terry Kirchner

Option One:
The Inside and Outside of Evaluations

How they impact planning, growth and funding; and how to tie director and board evaluations with your library’s vision and long range planning in order to produce meaningful results.

Presented by: Dr. Terry Kirchner, Executive Director, Westchester Library System

Libby Post

Option Two: 
Positioning Your Library as an Essential Service

You may consider your library an essential service but does your community?  The workshop helps you unlock the secrets of developing a compelling brand and marketing campaign for your library.

Presented by: Libby Post, President of Communication Services


Option Three:  
Innovation and Funding

Innovative programming and funding ideas and keys to success.  A panel presentation by three North Country and Clinton-Essex-Franklin directors and librarians.

Krista Briggs
Dawn Myers

Canton Free Library — Krista Briggs, Teen Service Specialist
Keene Valley Library — Karen Glass, Director
Lowville Free Library — Dawn Myers, Director

10:15 – 10:45 am
Time to Connect
Coffee Break and time for networking.

10:45 – 12:00 pm
Imagine. Engage. Succeed. (Part II)
(Choice of Breakout Session)
A repeat of earlier breakout sessions — a chance to connect with one of the other presenters.

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Velma K. Moore Award Luncheon
A lunch will follow the morning programs at which time, The Velma K. Moore Award will be presented.

1:30 – 3:30 pm
General Session & Keynote Address

Part One (Keynote Address): The Role of

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Trustees in the Future of Sustainable Libraries: Strengthening New York’s Libraries through Awareness, Advocacy and Accountability 

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


Part Two: Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS): A Shared Framework for Trustee Education in New York State — (a tie-in to the keynote address):

Presented by:

Lisa Erickson, Communications, Advocacy and Outreach Consultant for the Nioga Library System & Grace Riario, MLIS, MPA, is the Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Lisa Erickson
Grace Riario

Description . . .

Part I:

From the influence of the NYS Property Tax Cap, to rapidly advancing technology; from an increasingly regulatory environment and shifting perceptions of what a library is and can be to wild weather patterns – libraries are faced with unprecedented rates of change and disruptive forces that make the job of a library trustee a challenge. Responsive governance of our libraries will chart the course for the future of New York’s public libraries. Join Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in Poughkeepsie NY & co-author of the 2015 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State for a look at the challenges and opportunities facing our libraries today and hear her take on the fundamental mindset shift that will be needed to strengthen your library for the future.


Rebekkah will also review new resources in the 2015 edition of the Trustee Handbook that will support you as you help lead your library forward into the future.


Part II:
Rebekkah will then be joined by Lisa Erickson and Grace Riario, two of her teammates on the Helping all Trustees Succeed (HATS) ILEAD Team, to provide you with an update on the creation of a public library trustee education framework for New York State. The team will provide an overview of their project and share the highlights of the new trustee education curriculum set to be deployed throughout New York via public library systems later this year.

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!