Spring 2011

The Trustee communicates issues affecting libraries and library services. Once a library and systems join LTA, all their trustees automatically receive this quarterly publication published by LTA. To learn more about membership in LTA, Click Here.

From the Editor's Desk

by Adria Ripka

Spring 2011 issue of Trustee

Happy Spring! Now that the season is changing, I imagine all of us are gearing up for various projects that may have been in the planning stages over the winter. You’ll find some good news about construction funds in this edition!

Allow me to summarize a few facts about the Library Trustees Association. The LTA board of directors is a vibrant group of your peers committed to making your membership worthwhile. We meet quarterly in January, March, May and September to conduct business and develop the organization as the best resource for library trustees in New York State. Our meetings are held on Saturdays and are open to the public. You and your colleagues are always welcome to attend. Our next quarterly meeting will be in Albany after the 2011 Institute. Check our website for meeting agendas and final details.

LTA is committed to trustee training. Trustees, both new and of long standing, must realize that we are work- ing in complex times with economic and legislative concerns part of our responsibilities. Being uninformed about trustee roles and responsibilities can lead to major issues. Through meetings, programs and new training efforts, LTA wants every trustee to be effective in their important role. Learn more in future issues about the Certified Library Trustee program supported by LTA. Join the ranks of others who have earned this worthwhile designation.

Lastly, for this editorial, LTA is interest- ed in being a resource for trustee communication and exchange of ideas. Libraries have changed immensely since most of us received our first library card. Library trustees must keep current with technology, politics, funding and a myriad of other concerns. None of us will be as effective alone as we CAN be together. LTA will be looking for ways to encourage connections across the state so that, while we all meet the needs of our individual libraries and systems, we have the benefit of ideas and wisdom from all corners of the State.

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