Fall 2003

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NYSALB's Annual Trustee Institute

by Tina Thompson, NYSALB Director 1st Vice-President

Fall 2003 issue of Trustee

Library trustees and their library directors are invited to attend an exciting educational opportunity at NYSALB's Annual Trustee Institute, May 2 and 3, 2003.  The program will be held at the Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown, New York.

Friday evening will include dinner, a welcome from Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, and an opportunity to share your library's success stories.   This is the perfect opportunity to learn how other trustees deal with library programs, activities and problems.

Saturday morning a general session will feature the Director of the Westchester Library System and President of the American Library Association, Mitch Freedman, who will tell us  "What Trustees Need to Know About the Patriot Act."  

Attendees will then have the opportunity to choose to listen to "Planning for Success," a presentation of the Public Library Association's Planning for Results Process. This information will enable library trustees to respond quickly to changing environments.  Sara Dallas, the Outreach Consultant and Deputy Director of the Upper Hudson Library System, and Betty Lawrence, Assistant Director of Branch Libraries at the Rochester Public Library, have both attended training programs on Library Planning and Understanding Electronic Measurement.

Another morning program choice for attendees will be "Strong Boards/Effective Boards." This presentation will be by Patricia Stocker, the Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System.

The luncheon speaker, Janet Steiner, will discuss the balancing needed between private and public sector funding in her presentation "Walking a Fine Line."  Janet has been the Director of the Tompkins County Public Library since 1993. Her library recently raised $1.7 million to complete a successful capital campaign for its new library.  She is also faced with the need to reduce hours of service due to two years of decreased county funding.

At the conclusion of theTrustee Institute program, attendees are encouraged to attend the annual meeting which includes the election of directors to the NYSALB board. Brochures will be available to trustees and their families who wish to go sight seeing.

The cost for registration is $70 with a $5 discount for "early bird" registration by April 15 and a $10 discount to NYSALB members.  The dinner cost Friday evening is $45. You may register on line using PayPal at


2003 NYSALB Trustee Institute
Westchester Marriott
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, N.Y.

Friday, May 2
Opening Reception (6pm to 7 pm)
Welcome, Dinner and "Success Stories"  (7pm to 9 pm)

Saturday, May 3
Continental Breakfast & Trustee Networking (8:15am to 9am)

General Session         (9am to 10:15am)
What Trustees Need to Know About the Patriot Act
Presenter - Dr. Mitch Freedman

Coffee and Trustee Networking    (10:15am to 10:30am)

Concurrent Sessions     (10:30am to 11:45 am)

Planning for Success
Presenters - Sara Dallas and Betty Lawrence

Strong Boards - Effective Boards
Presenter - Patricia Stocker

Lunch and Presentation        (12:15pm to 2:30 pm)
Walking a Fine Line:
 The balance  between private and public sector funding
Presenter - Janet Steiner

NYSALB Annual Meeting         (2:30pm to 3:00 pm)

Cost:           Institute Registration Fee              $70.00

                   "Early Bird" Registration by

                   April 15 deduct $5

                   NYSALB members deduct $10

                   Dinner Friday Evening                   $45.00

Register on line using PayPal at:  or watch for your brochure in the mail.  Brochures will also be available from your library system.

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