Fall 2012

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LTA Offering Trustee Workshops at NYLA Conference on November 9 & 10

Fall 2012 issue of Trustee

Any time is a good time to add to your knowledge as a library trustee. There is still time to register to attend these informative workshops at the 2012 NYLA Conference.


1. Learn from your peers in this Saturday, November 10 session facilitated by two LTA Board members. This session runs from 9:30 to 10:45 am

Developing “Your Role” As A Trustee: This interactive workshop will focus on how a trustee’s effort at growing in their role through education can contribute to building a more effective board, improve relationships with each other and form successful partnerships with their library director.  LTA trustee certification credit will be given to attendees.


Mary Ellen O’Connor is President of the Board of the Library Trustees Association of NYS and represents the Upper Hudson Library System.  She just completed 10 years as a Trustee at the Albany Public Library Board of Trustees and served in various leadership roles.  Mary Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of St. Rose in Albany, and is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.  She is a Political Campaign Consultant and published writer. 


John Eberhardt represents the Suffolk County Library System and is a Trustee on the South Huntington Public Library Board.  John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Buffalo and is pursuing his MLS at Queens College. He is on the Board of Hofstra University’s alumni theatre group, Gray Wig, and is a member of Friends of OHEKA Castle.  John is a retired shop steward, organizer and contract negotiator for the International Association of Machinists (IAM).


2.  LTA is also sponsoring a workshop

on Friday, November 9.

Library Trustees and Liability. The potential liability for public and association library trustees is truly remarkable. Probably most library board members are unaware of the breadth and placement scope of their exposure. This presentation by a retired library director and current chair of a library board will be followed by a question and answer period at which attendees will be able to hear how other boards have coped with liability issues.


This workshop is scheduled for 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

Speaker: Joseph Eisner, Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library

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