Spring 2007

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2007 Trustee Institute

Spring 2007 issue of Trustee

Presented by the New York State Association of Library Boards
May 4th & 5th at the Crowne Plaza New York LaGuardia Hotel Queens, New York

The Institute
This is the 11th Annual Institute hosted by NYSALB. This conference is for library trustees and directors. There are sessions for all levels of trustees with opportunities to gain valuable information on trustee roles and responsibilities. 
Become a Certified Trustee! Introduced at the 2006 Institute, trustees can earn credit toward becoming a Certified NYS Trustee by attending this year’s Institute.

Hotel Accommodations:
The special rates at the Crowne Plaza expired April 4, 2007.

  • The host hotel for the Trustee Institute is the Crowne Plaza NY LaGuardia, located at 104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst (Queens, NY) 718-457-6300 or 800-692-5424.     
  •  We hope to see many Trustees and other interested people at the meeting. Last minute registration for the meetings can be made through the NYSALB web site,

2007 Conference Agenda
Friday, May 4th
Tour of the Queens Library    4:00 – 6:00 PM,
Bus departs front of the hotel at 3:45

The Queens Library serves a book-hungry population of 2.2 million from 63 locations plus 6 Adult Learning Centers in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. It has one of the highest circulations of any public library in the world, and in 2006, Queens Library set a new national circulation record with 20.2 million items loaned. Thomas Galante, Director of Queens Library has generously offered to lead participants on a tour of two branch libraries, Flushing and Corona. A shuttle is offered from the hotel at a nominal charge of $5 per passenger. If you plan on meeting the tour at the library, your RSVP is still requested and we will begin at Flushing.

After the tour all Institute activities will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
Registration Opens     6:00 PM
Welcoming  & Dinner 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Thomas Galante, Director of Queens Library
Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair Education Committee
Entertainment provided by Angela Calderella, Professional Storyteller and Children’s Librarian at New York Public Library
Success Stories over Dinner
Share your library success story with trustees in attendance. This is an informal opportunity to learn how other trustees have solved problems, developed programs, and expanded services within their communities.

Saturday, May 5th
Registration     8:00 - 9:00 AM
Buffet Breakfast
and Trustee Networking         8:00 - 8:45 AM
Concurrent Session One         9:00 - 10:15 AM
Attendees are asked to choose one of the following three concurrent sessions
Critical Partnership between Library Boards and Library Directors
Having a Board of Trustees that is involved and works with their Library Director produces positive results. This training will provide critical guidance in this area.
Presented by Jackie Thresher, Director of Nassau Library System
Library Design and Budgeting
Thoughtful attention to function and design of your library space will allow your library to best serve its community.
Presented by Peter Magnani, Director of Capital & Facilities Management and
Anthony Romeo, Director of Capital Management, both of Queens Library
Serve a Diverse Public: The Queens Model
Learn how to determine who lives in your community and how to reach those populations with collections, programs and services.
Presented by Fred Gitner, Coordinator of New Americans Program at the Queens Library.
Break   10:15 - 10:30 AM
Concurrent Session Two         10:30 - 11:45 AM
Attendees are asked to choose one of the following two concurrent sessions
Teens: Everything (Almost) You Wanted to Know About Our Future Taxpayers, But Didn’t Know How (or Who) to Ask
Make room in your budgets for teens!  Learn the ways and strategies for attracting and keeping teens as library patrons.
Presented by Stephanie Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library of Fairport, New York
Is Your Library Properly Insured?
It is the trustees’ responsibility to understand library insurance coverage — get the basics here.
Presented by Janet Steggles of Utica National Insurance and First Niagara Risk Management
Lunch and Program    12:15 - 3:00 PM
NYSALB Annual Meeting
Presentation of the Velma Moore Award
The Role of the Trustee in Protecting Intellectual Freedom
Robert Hubsher, Director of Ramapo Catskill Library System

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