Winter 2011

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President's Memo

Winter 2011 issue of Trustee

Our success is your success!

LTA had a remarkably successful year in 2010. We changed our name, revamped our newsletter, brought our Trustee Institute to Suffolk, Long Island, developed and printed a Why Become a Library Trustee brochure and built a new and exciting website.  All of these changes happened because our Board of Directors embraced each segment with enthusiasm, creativity and, most importantly, fearlessness of change.  

As we continue on our successful journey, we again invite you to join us with your comments, suggestions and feedback. Our organization exists to serve library trustees, and we listen to what you have to say.  We are still developing some areas of our website but please stop by and take a look at what we’ve done at 

This is going to be an extremely important year for trustees and the library community because of the worsening fiscal condition of the State. Hopefully, under new leadership we will have an opportunity to make the case for restoration of library aid cuts in the State Budget.  Library aid is now under 1998 levels even though library services have dramatically increased. You can show your support and strength on March 1st by participating in NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.  For further details keep checking NYLA’s website at and remember that Legislators WANT to meet with trustees.

On April 29th and 30th our yearly Trustee Institute will convene at the Crown Plaza in downtown Albany. We’re having a wonderful time planning this year’s event and trying to make the best choices so that you will have a memorable experience. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gather with trustees from all parts of New York State to share information about your library and/or library system, increase your knowledge of your governance role as a trustee and have a good time visiting the State Capital. 

Our agenda and commitment to you for this year is to continue to build our website as a useful resource for you and your library. We are in the early stages of developing a statewide plan for trustee training, and will be reaching out to our members for thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

Thank you for supporting our efforts with your membership and contributions.      

With all good wishes for a Happy New Year 2011!

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