Please join fellow trustees from around the state as they connect with technology, resources, information, best practices and each other!

Friday Events:


Bring your electronic devices, and engage in hands on experiences with technology, system directors, architects, and local library technology experts!

Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Raffle! — Baskets featuring regional items from around NYS, provided by LTA Directors, will be raffled off.

Other interactive events at the fair:

Onondaga County Public LibraryMobile Maker Spaces and Google Glass

Amanda Travis, OCPL Member Library Liaison will be showing off the three new Mobile Maker Spaces. Thanks to a generous grant from Senator John DeFrancisco we were able to create Maker Spaces that are designed to be portable. Many of our libraries don’t have the space or funding to have their own Maker Space. The Mobile Maker Space is our answer to this. Stop by to get some ideas for your library. Also, Google Glass: presented by René Battelle, one of the few librarians who is using Google Glass right now. The Marcellus Free Library is one of the very few libraries who has someone staffed with the device. Interested? Come try them out at the Trustee Institute!!

North Country Library SystemeBooks and Library Databases

Steve Bolton, Executive Director of North Country Library System, Paulette Roes and Matt Corey will demonstrate Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks, show what is available in NOVEL databases and highlight some of the databases that NCLS subscribes to including Universal Class, Ancestry and others.

Finger Lakes Library SystemTech Toolbox

Are your patrons bringing in items you know nothing about? Does your director want to try something completely out of the box but you’re unsure it will work for your library? Do you struggle with eContent questions? Want to try some out? Education and Outreach Librarian, Amanda Schiavulli, and Technology Trainer, Andrea Kelleher, from the Finger Lakes Library System will bring some popular devices for you to test drive! Have a device and want to know more about it? Bring it by and we can help you out! Devices will include an iPad, Windows Surface Tablet, Nintendo 3DS, Playaway View and more!

Mid-York Library System NYS Public Library Construction Grant

Learn from the best, as representatives from Mid-York teach you the ins-and-outs of applying for construction grants.

Library Trustees AssociationConnect with LTA Resources and 3D Pen Competition and Giveaway

Meet with your LTA representatives from around the state, interact with e-resources for trustees provided by LTA, and demonstrate your creativity by using a 3D Pen.The best design, as voted on by the LTA Trustee Institute Committee will win the 3D Pen! Come give it a try! What can you build?

Connect with the Division of Library Development

Carol Ann Desch is the New York State Library’s Coordinator of Statewide Library Services and Director of the Division of Library Development. In this role, she provides leadership and vision for statewide programs, policies and services designed to improve library services for 19 million New Yorkers. She oversees a comprehensive statewide network of 73 library systems and over 7000 public, school, academic and special libraries. Ms. Desch represents the State Librarian and State Education Department within State government, with the Federal government, with state and national library organizations and with other outside groups and agencies. She received a BA in Education and Social Sciences from the State University College of New York in Oneonta and a Masters in Library Science from the University at Albany. Ms. Desch is the State Library’s official liaison to the Library Trustees Association of New York State.

Also visit interactive displays from CLRC and CSArch.. Then enjoy dinner with your peers and see who won the Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend Awards.

Closing remarks by Bernie Margolis. Bernard A. Margolis began serving as New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries in January 2009. Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Mr. Margolis administers the New York State Research Library and the Division of Library Development. In partnership with the state’s 73 public and school library systems, the State Library delivers library services to 19.5 million people served by New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries.

Saturday Events:

Connecting with your Community – Presented by Libby Post, President of Communications Services. As a well known speaker, trainer and advocate for Libraries, Libby will focus on methods, strategies and plans to help trustees better communicate with their patrons, politicians and the public.

Connecting the Dots – Presented by Gail Kinsella, CPA, CGMA, Partner at Testone, Marshall and DiScenza (now part of the Bonadio Group). Gail brings years of experience in the areas of auditing, accounting and consulting for not-for-profit organizations. She has helped navigate the challenging landscape of financial reporting in an ever changing regulatory environment. This presentation will focus on internal controls and types and purpose of audits.

Connecting the Legal Lines – Presented by Robert T. Schofield, Partner and Ellen Bach of Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP. Ellen Bach and Robert Schofield are attorneys in the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna who have developed a state-wide practice assisting libraries with the myriad legal issues they face. Every day they work with libraries on re-chartering initiatives, funding increases, construction projects, governance matters, and day-to-day issues that are unique to libraries. Ellen and Robert are prominent library advocates in New York, representing scores of libraries and library systems from the Capital Region to Western New York, from the North Country to Long Island. These presenters will focus on legal “hot” topics, legal resources, and other pertinent legal concerns for libraries. There will be a period for questions and answers.

Each session will be presented twice on Saturday, to allow for greater participation by trustees.

Our Keynote Speaker, following Saturday’s luncheon will be Dr R. David Lankes a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Join us as Dr. Lankes presents his insights on “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.

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