Fall 2012

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Policy Spotlight

By Tim Gavin

Fall 2012 issue of Trustee

New Search Feature

Added to LTA Policy Database!


LTA is proud to announce the addition of an “area served” search option to its Policy Database.  As part of the database’s advanced search section, this new feature allows users to search specifically for policies from municipal, special legislative district, or school district libraries.


As more libraries consider the possibility of re-districting as “Public Library Districts,” LTA members have increasingly expressed their interest in being able to view policies specifically from special legislative district and school district libraries.   This new search option allows users to do just that.


Coincidentally, in their recently finalized 2020 Vision and Plan, the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents recommends: “The further proliferation of the Regents’ Public Library District Model to enable all public libraries to become fully funded and governed through citizen participation and public vote. (23)” (p.11).  (For more information about this report, please see below.)


No matter what your library’s future plans, LTA’s continued goal is to provide trustees and directors of all NYS public libraries with resources which most closely meet their library’s need — this new search tool is one more step in that direction. 

Therefore, whether yours is a school district, municipal, special legislative district, or “other” library, we hope that you find this feature helpful, and we encourage your continued feedback so that we can continue to connect you with the best possible resources.


Tip: Using the Advanced Search —
Getting the Most Out of Your Search Experience

Thanks to your help, there are now thousands of policies in LTA’s Policy Database — with more being added on a regular basis.  By default, the database will retrieve as many matches as possible, and sometimes this can result in a very long list of information.  


The advanced search has been designed to allow visitors to tailor results very closely to the needs of their library. This is why the keyword search was included as part of the “advanced search” option.  The keyword field is designed to be used by itself or in conjunction with any of the other search features below it.  Alternatively, the keyword box can be left blank, and a user can search by using any combination of search criteria in the advanced search section. 


Try it out, and let us know what you think! 

Additional Resources: To view the entire document, Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Services in New York State, as well as links to resources provided by DLD which explain more about Public Library Districts and how to create them, please visit LTA’s website (, go to the “Site News” tab, and then click on the article “Board of Regents Accepts 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service.”

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