Winter 2009

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From the Editor's Desk

Sam Patton, TRUSTEE Editor

Winter 2009 issue of Trustee

First, I hope all of you a had an enjoyable holiday time, and that we get to see many of you in May for the annual Trustee Institute in Syracuse.  Our last Trustee Institute in Syracuse was one of the best attended, and I certainly enjoyed it very much.

You will see from Dick Strauss’ column, and know all too well, that library funding is likely to take a large hit this year.  Now is the time to speak with your representatives in Albany to make them aware of the values libraries add to any community, and that libraries are the most cost effective way to provide all the services we offer.  Surveys show that about two thirds of our population have library cards. 

Thank politicians who boost libraries, as Marc Molinaro, Assemblyman for our area, did. In honor of National Library Card Sign-Up month,he is asking Hudson Valley families to stop by their local library and sign their children up for library cards.

“September is Library Card Sign-Up month, and I would like to encourage every family to take their children on a ‘field trip’ to their local library,” said Molinaro, who is on the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology. “Books like Harry Potter have proven that reading can capture our children’s imaginations and give them the strong literacy foundation they need for a lifetime of learning.”

When this happens, make sure the politician is given publicity.

And as Dick comments, don’t be shy about attending political meetings to get to know your representatives.  Step over partisan issues, and reach out to them, regardless of your own personal political stance.

Be ready to introduce new ideas and technology.  Here is a new wrinkle.  Clyde Ford’s latest thriller, “Precious Cargo”, released Sept. 9, 2008 by Vanguard Press, has a high-tech tie-in that allows readers to visit places in the book through 3D satellite imagery, and its video by Morgan Freeman, has caught on with book lovers, technophiles and the media.
Publisher’s Weekly, a book-trade publication, observed that “it’s almost de rigueur for books—especially thrillers and suspense novels—to have their own book trailers. But novelist Clyde Ford has gone beyond the formula.” 

What reviewers are especially excited about is that from the book’s website readers can click on a link to OnScene, a web-based software application that Ford, a former systems engineer, developed that allows readers to fly-in to place names in the book using Microsoft’s Virtual Earth and Google Earth.

Once at a location viewers can listen to Ford reading from the book, watch clips from the book video set at that location, view live webcam footage if available, or learn more about the history and geography of the place. Ford even has an automated Virtual Earth tour of the places he anchors when out writing.

And let me finish by saying “Thank You,” to all you Trustees and volunteers, who work with the professional staff members of our libraries to make them the special places they are.

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