Spring 2009

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2009 Trustee Institute

Spring 2009 issue of Trustee

Presented by the New York State Association of Library Boards
May 1st & 2nd at the
Renaissance Hotel, Syracuse, New York

The Institute
This is the 13th Annual Institute hosted by NYSALB. This conference is for library trustees and directors. There are sessions for all levels with opportunities to gain valuable information on roles and responsibilities. Members Attend Both Days for only $90 !

Hotel Accommodations:

  • Host hotel and suggested room accommodations are at the Renaissance in downtown Syracuse, located at 701 East Genesee Street (zip 13210). For reservations call the hotel at 877-843-6279 or visit the website at: 
  • 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,

2009 Conference Agenda

Friday, May 1st

Tour of the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University      4:00 – 5:30 PM

Includes Complimentary Reception

Bus departs front of hotel at 3:45

The first of its kind in the nation, the school provides academic programs, and has a tremendous demand for its education, its research, and the skills of its graduates. Tour these impressive facilities and join the reception following to meet with students and professors. Transportation will be from hotel to the library and return to the hotel.

Check-In and Cocktail Reception      6:00 PM

cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres

Welcoming & Dinner  7:00 – 9:30 PM

We are pleased to have our keynote speaker: Jeffrey W. Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education for N.Y.S.

Saturday, May 2nd

Registration and Check-In      8:00 - 9:00 AM Buffet Breakfast and

Trustee Networking    8:00 - 8:45 AM

Concurrent Session One         9:00 - 10:30 AM

Choose one of the following two:

Increasing the Relevance of Your Library through Branding

Presented by James Keller, Chief Marketing Officer for the Queens Library System in New York City

What are you communicating about your library? Learn why and how to focus your library “brand” to your  patrons and those yet to be patrons.

RE: evaluating Director Evaluation

Presented by Josh Cohen, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System and 2008-2009 President of NYLA

As the library's governing body (and the entity with ultimate accountability for the institution), the board of trustees has the responsibility to review and evaluate the library director's performance regularly. Learn proven approaches to accomplish this important trustee responsibility.

Break   10:30 - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Session Two         10:45 - 12:15 PM

Attendees are asked to choose one of the following two:

Public and School Library Cooperation and Collaboration - How and Why Should Trustees Care?

Presented by Stephanie Squicciarini, Teen Librarian, Fairport Public Library in Fairport, NY

School libraries are vital to growing long-term library users. Library trustees should be aware of the benefits provided for our youth by their school libraries and establish ways to compliment these benefits at their public libraries. Discover ways that these important library groups can “compliment” one another to benefit your library.

Library Budget Development: How to Prepare an Annual Budget—What to Consider, What to Include

Presented by Clifford Bueno, Trustee of Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library in Clifton Park, NY

Public library boards are legally responsible for the library's finances and financial management. As custodians of public funds, trustees must be accountable in their management of the library's money. Learn the “ins and outs” of budget preparation for library operations and the trustees’ role in this responsibility.

Lunch and Program    12:15 – 2:30 PM

NYSALB Annual Meeting

Presentation of the Velma Moore Award

Recognition of Certified Trustees

Keynote Speaker:  Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries

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