Summer 2011

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April in Albany

Summer 2011 issue of Trustee

We may have been too early for the annual Tulip Festival, but the 15th Annual Institute in Albany was blessed with both good weather and good attendance. The Crowne Plaza hotel was an excellent venue that was convenient to local attendees and those coming from outside the area.

Friday's tour of two Albany libraries provided a nice kick off to our Institute. The Howe Library tour showed successful renovation of an historic building, while Pine Hills Library gave an excellent example of how a former industrial-use building can be turned into a welcoming and user friendly library. Staffs at both locations were very welcoming and eager to show off their facilities. It was obvious to visitors that both libraries are well used and fit well into their respective neighborhoods.

Friday evening's program, over an excellent dinner, included opening remarks by LTA President, Mary Ellen O'Connor, and a warm welcome from both Upper Hudson Library System Executive Director, Timothy Burke and Assemblymember Bob Reilly, the Chair of the Committee on Libraries and Technology.

Friday evening was "awards night" at the LTA Annual Institute with both regional and special awards taking center stage. You'll read more about the Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friends award recipients, Mary Muller and Mary-Lou Knox on page 6.
The 2011 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Norman Jacknis of the Westchester Library System. Mr. Jacknis is a long time, and well known, library legend in New York and elsewhere. He played an important role in LTA for many years, and we are pleased to recognize his contributions.

During the past two years of transition in LTA, the NYS Division of Library Development has been a true mentor and supporter of our efforts to grow and be a more effective organization. LTA thanked the NYSDLD with a Special Recognition award for their outstanding support. Carol Desch accepted the award for the division.

The evening was rounded out with comments by Keynote Speaker, Assemblyman John. J. McEneny. He provided enjoyable comments and insights on his support and efforts for libraries in New York State.

Saturday at the Institute is always a day of learning. It was providential that attendees started their day with a good breakfast because the workshop sessions kept attendees engaged and thinking. The large group morning session was presented by Francis Picart of LTA and Brentwood Public Library. The topic, How to Run Effective Board Meetings, was packed with important points for attendees. Mr. Picart was supported with a panel of experts that answered questions after the presentation. Panel members included Carol Desch, Jon Allen, Management Consultant and Adjunct faculty member at Dowling College Graduate School of Business, Carol Nersinger, Executive Director of Albany Public Library, Robert T. Schofield of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna, LLP, and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from the Mid Hudson Library System.

Mid-morning concurrent sessions were varied and it was difficult to choose from the important topics. Topics and presenters included: Linda London, Not-for-Profit Advisor and adjunct faculty at UAlbany speaking on Beyond Bake Sales - Raising $$$ That Has Impact; Robert Schofield and Ellen Bach, of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna, LLP
presented an Update of Legal Issues for Boards of Trustees; and Carol Nersinger, with Stephanie Simon of Albany Public Library gave guidance on Practical Tips for Dealing with the Media.

Lunch included a brief annual meeting of LTA with officers being elected for another one-year term and the approval of two new board members, Kimberly Garret and John Eberhardt. You'll see a listing of those officers and new board members on the back of this newsletter. Keynote Speaker on Saturday was Dr. James O. Jackson, newly appointed member of the Board of Regents. Mr. Jackson provided comments on his background and the strengths he brings to his position as a regent for New York State. LTA looks forward to working with the Board of Regents and Mr. Jackson.

Saturday's highlight was the presentation of LTA's most prestigious award, The Velma K Moore Award was presented to Eloise Quimby. Learn more about Ms. Quimby and her contributions on page 6.

We are already planning the 2012 Trustee Institute! Your LTA board hopes you will attend and take part in all the exciting activities available.

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