Summer 2008

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Distinguished Service Award given to Tina Thompson

Summer 2008 issue of Trustee

The NYSALB DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD was presented this year at the Trustee Institute in Saratoga Springs.  No one has accomplished more for libraries in New York State than Tina Thompson.    She is generous with her time and talents and made a genuine commitment to the Henrietta Public Library, the Monroe County Library System, and the New York State Association of Library Boards.  She is the epitome of what every Trustee should be.

Tina has been a Board Trustee for the Henrietta Public Library for 26 years.  She was honored as the Henrietta, New York Woman of the Year.   She has been a staunch supporter of the importance of the public library from a user’s point of view as well as that of a Trustee.   As a young mother she brought her own children to the library for story hours and programs.  Later, as a Trustee and as the caretaker of others’ children, she was, and continues to be, a steady and popular patron of the library. 

As a library trustee, Tina quickly made herself a part of the library community by her thorough understanding of the workings of our town library, the Monroe County Library System, and the Trustee Council of the Monroe County Library System.  She has served terms in every office on the Henrietta Board, multiple times as President, and has been a regular on the Minerva Campbell Writing Contest Committee.  The latter is so named in honor of Henrietta’s first Board President; and is a community wide juried writing contest for junior high and high school students that has grown from several entries to over 100 currently.  Tina continues to enrich her understanding of library operation and educate herself in the duties and responsibilities of a Trustee.  She attends every MCLS Trustee Workshop and has taken extended training on leadership, financial issues, and strategic planning.

Tina was an early charter member and President of the MCLS Trustee Council, an organization that sought to bring together Trustees from all the member libraries of the Monroe County Library System. This Council served as a meeting place for member Library Boards to discuss events, tackle problems, and gain expertise in their roles as Trustees. She has been a member of advocacy groups and MCLS Member Contract committees. She is the voice of experience in many discussions and at many meetings. In 1995, she won the Service Beyond Measure Award from the Monroe County Library System in recognition of excellence for her service to the System

Most recently, she has completed 3 terms of service as a dedicated and valuable member of the New York State Association of Library Boards.  She was active and involved serving as Secretary of the NYSALB Board and planned a very successful NYSALB Conference in the spring of 2005.  Her work ethic and conscientious attention to detail and duty were major assets to this organization. She continues to be the liaison between NYSALB and NYLA.

She has always been an advocate for libraries.  She gives hours during Library Week talking to patrons and soliciting postcards and letters to the NYS Legislature.  She attends Lobby Day in Albany.  She has been willing to give up holiday time with her family to do library projects.  Nothing is “irrelevant” if Tina is needed.

Tina is a Trustee whose knowledge and presence is a steadfast example of the excellence and importance of Trusteeship in New York State libraries.  Her creativity, passion, and enthusiasm for the Henrietta Public Library, the Monroe County Library System, and her NYSALB experience epitomize the spirit of this Distinguished Service Award.

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