Our Mission

Library Trustees Association of New York State, (LTA), is a statewide organization that represents, assists, educates and honors public library boards and their trustees as providers of universal library service. The core activities of LTA include:

  • Advocating support of libraries and their programs;
  • Communicating with library trustees to inform them of issues affecting libraries and library service;
  • Recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of library trustees
  • Educating trustees about their role in the library
Bernard-Margolis, Assistant Commissioner of Libraries and State Librarian speaks at the 2017 LTA Institute

LTA Represents Public Library Trustees Statewide

Beverly-Ouderkirk with Tish Fontanella, President
Board of Regents member Beverly-Ouderkirk with Tish Fontanella, President

We advocate support of public libraries and their programs. Library Trustees Association of New York State, (LTA), is the voice in Albany of trustee volunteers who make public library service possible. We bring the concerns of public library trustees to state leaders, and we participate in the formulation of public library policy.

We communicate with library trustees on issues affecting libraries and library service. LTA publishes a quarterly newsletter, Trustee, which is sent to all members and is circulated in the library community. We maintain an e-mail address and an active online presence.

We educate trustees about their role in the library. In cooperation with the Public Library System Directors Association and the New York State Library, LTA has revised the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, the basic reference for library trustees.

LTA holds a statewide Trustee Institute every spring to address issues of critical concern to all public libraries. We have begun work on a resource and referral service designed to help answer trustee questions. Call LTA for more information.

We recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of library trustees. The annual Velma K. Moore Award recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals to library service in New York State.

Outstanding Friend winner
Ann Choate with family Outstanding Friend winner Paine Memorial Library

LTA Needs Your Support

John McCarthy LTA and the authors panel
John McCarthy LTA and the authors panel with Mark-Barie, Richard Frost. Cynthia-Neale

When your library joins LTA, each trustee receives a year’s subscription to Trustee, our newsletter, along with occasional updates, legislative alerts or notices of LTA events, such as trustee institutes. You will also be eligible for member discounts at LTA trustee institutes. Most important, you’ll become an active partner in the ongoing effort to strengthen and improve library service throughout the state. We need the participation of every library and library system in the state.

Memberships and sponsors fund LTA's work to support trustees.

Trustees gain membership once their library has joined LTA.
Fees are based on library budgets.