Fall 2010

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New Name New Website

Fall 2010 issue of Trustee

We are pleased to announce the activation of our new website.

There is plenty of reason to visit … and visit often. Go to

Two of the biggest additions to the website relate to library policies and membership. A third additional tab yet to be released is specifically for online trustee training. This effort is more involved and is requiring a significant investment of research and energy but remains a priority for the LTA board in 2011.

Library Policies

What do you do when someone is engaging unwilling patrons or staff in religious or political discussion? Children left unattended? A car left overnight in the library parking lot?

Evaluating your library director, defining board responsibilities, outlining personnel policies . . .

What exactly are other libraries like yours doing when it comes to these issues and concerns? The long awaited feature of our website is the section simply labeled policies. Here you can look up policies by subject and refine your search by library location, budget, and number of people served.

Many libraries are familiar with this effort having responded to the request to share your policies. We are still receiving, categorizing and uploading policies and expect this to continue for a few months. However, we have a number of policies in place already and it is an active tab on the website. Inquires and policies may be sent to

The LTA Board is deeply grateful to graduate student Timothy Gavin who dedicated his time to this effort. Further, we would like to thank the NYS Office of Library Services and Joe Mattie for overseeing Tim’s work. Tim recently graduated from the Information Studies Program at the University of Albany.

Renew and Manage Your LTA Membership

Your system or library performs better when your trustees are educated and informed. When a system or library joins LTA, all their trustees become members too. Keeping your trustee list current with LTA has always been challenging. Now with an online membership option, systems and libraries can

• Renew or join LTA and

• At anytime update trustee names, addresses, emails, and board positions

Membership runs on a calendar year. Initially LTA will still send traditional mailings to encourage your membership online but hopes, with your help, to move to a totally electronic membership environment.

In November, look for your membership mailing and opportunity to pay for your membership online. Further, at anytime during the year, you may update one or all your trustees information.

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