Fall 2011

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From the Editor's Desk

by Adria Ripka

Fall 2011 issue of Trustee

Greetings, fellow library trustees.

I don’t know about you, but I STILL enjoy reading my print, not online. The time spent reading is a relaxing time, enjoyed with a cup of hot tea. I also enjoy reading magazines now and then. Subscriptions don’t work for me because I start to feel overwhelmed. I’m better off browsing the maga- zine stands on occasion. That practice led me to find two magazines this summer that had excel- lent stories about libraries n New York State and I thought I’d share them with you.

The first find was the Summer 2011 edition of Western New York Heritage. The issue has an excel- lent story about libraries in Buffalo and Erie County. That system recognized their 175th anniversary in 2011. (LTA will be bringing the annual Trustee Institute to the western part of our state in the near future.) Author, Anne Conable, provides interesting reading clearly showing the important role libraries have played in the growth of our western communities and the value placed on libraries by their patrons. The magazine’s web- site is

My second find is a new publication in the Central New York area. The Summer 2011 premier edition of Plank Road Magazine contained a great overview of several local and communi- ty libraries around southern Onondaga, Madison and Cortland counties. Author, and magazine editor, Elizabeth Weinstein provides an excellent picture
of the selected libraries and the roles they play in the lives of their patrons. The Plank Road Magazine’s website is

You’ve seen our new feature, Library Trustees Bookshelf, on our front page. Jim Britell will be providing interesting links and information to broaden our perspectives.

I cannot close without recognizing the challenges many of our libraries face after September’s heavy rain. NYLA has a mechanism to help libraries recover from the damage. Go to The LTA website also has a link to find out more about ways to help libraries in need. Check our website often for updates and links.

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