Continuing Crucial Connections, A Look At Trustee Roles and Responsibilities, Policy Development and Legal Issues.

Funding is provided by LTA & STLS — open invitation to all trustees and directors
RSVP by July 9 REGISTRATION FORM (preferred)
or send an e-mail to: (include name, position/title, library, system, and note if you are an LTA member)

Join library colleagues to continue the dialog begun at the May Trustee Institute in Syracuse.
Plan to attend on Monday, July 13, 2015, at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Memorial Library, Hammondsport, NY, from 4 to 7:30 PM.

RSVP to:, BY JULY 9, 2015 (include name, position, library, system, and note if you are an LTA member)

Our first presentation:  Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees 

Get the basics on trustee responsibilities, including the role of the library director. We’ll explore the concept of collective authority, and how local public library boards fit into the bigger picture of the New York State Board of Regents.

Presented by: Cassie Guthrie, Library Director, Greece Public Library, Rochester, NY.

The second part of the program will be:

New York’s Legal Framework for Library Governance: A Quick Look at Trustee Obligations

Libraries in New York State come in a great variety of shapes and sizes. This variation is a product of not only unique community needs and resources but also of a flexible legal framework. The laws creating and governing libraries have been cobbled together over more than a century, and not always with consistency in mind. The Education Law leaves many questions unanswered, and the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law does its best to fill in the blanks. This program will identify the legal rules applicable to library governance and examine the interplay of those rules.

Presented by: Conrad R. Wolan, a partner with the law firm of Sayles & Evans in Elmira, New York.  Mr. Wolan advises a variety of public and private educational and not-for-profit entities in governance and operations. Mr. Wolan’s practice involves both transactional and litigation services ranging from policy reviews to contract negotiations to grievances to complaints brought in both state and federal agencies and courts. Mr. Wolan has been with the firm since 1997 and is admitted to practice in the courts of the state of New York and the federal courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New York.

The program schedule will be:
4:00 pm: Registration
4:30 – 5:45 pm: Trustees Roles & Responsibilities with Cassie Guthrie
5:45 – 6:15 pm: Light Dinner Break
6:15 – 7:30 pm: Policy Development and Legal Issues with Conrad Wolan

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