Spring 2011

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President's Memo: Learn! Learn! Learn!

By Mary Ellen O'Connor, LTA Board President

Spring 2011 issue of Trustee

Our anticipated Trustee Institute is a great opportuni- ty for trustees to earn credit towards becoming an LTA Certified Library Trustee. Certification means that a trustee has made the effort to educate themselves about their role and responsibilities of serving on their library board. The certificate and LTA Certified Trustee pin will be presented at the Trustee Institute Awards Dinner on Friday evening April 29th. Learn more about certification at our website. If you are a Certified Trustee under our former name of NYSALB, please contact us for a new pin.

On Tuesday, March 8th in a joint session of the Senate and Assembly, Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch, Regent At Large and Anthony S. Bottar, Regent for the 5th Judicial District were re-elected to the Board of Regents, and three new Regents were elected: Kathleen M. Cashin has served the students of New York City for over 40 years as an educator. She received her Masters of Science in Education from Brooklyn College and her Doctor of Education from Fordham University. She willserve as a Regent for the 2nd Judicial    District;    James    E. Cottrell, M.D. is a distinguished service professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Neurosurgical Anesthesiology. He will serve as a Regent At Large; and James O. Jackson who is the Principal Emeritus of Shaker High School where he served for over 40 years as a teacher, department supervisor and principal. He received his Masters Degree in History and Political Science from the College of St. Rose, and his Ph.D. in American History, Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from Northwestern University. He will serve as a Regent for the 3rd Judicial District. Congratulations to all!

MANY THANKS to the Trustees, Library and System Directors, Librarians, Library employees, Friends and library advocates for coming to Albany on March 1st to participate in Library Advocacy Day. I can’t stress enough how important it is that Trustees make every effort to come to Albany each year. Legislators want to talk to trustees, and trustees need to talk to Legislators about how important the funding stream is for libraries. If you’ve never participated in Advocacy Day you’re missing out on an exciting opportunity to join with other voices in the library community to say, “NO MORE CUTS!”

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