Spring 2012

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President's Memo

By Mary Ellen O'Connor, LTA Board President

Spring 2012 issue of Trustee

And YOU were there!

This year's Library Advocacy Day on March 6th turned out to be an extraordinary event. There were 190 library trustees who attended from all over the State representing their library or library system.

Assisting me with the handing out of gold stickers with our LTA logo and TRUSTEE emblazoned across the center, were six other LTA Directors: Tish Fontanella from Westchester, John Eberhardt from Suffolk, Kim Garrett from Southern Adirondack, Bola Majekodumi from Nassau and George Stamatiades from Queens.

Our trustees, along with 1,299 librarians, library directors, friends and patrons spoke with one voice to increase Library Aid by 4% ($3.16 million) to match the percentage increase in School Aid. We visited with our legislators to make them aware of how the new tax cap is impacting library services. We also impressed upon them that libraries are educational institutions and should be treated as such. The Senate has included this 4% increase in their proposed budget.

Thank you to all the trustees who attended Advocacy Day. Let's be consistent and have just as many or more trustees in attendance next year!

It's that time of year again when we hold our Annual Trustee Institute. As you know, our host is the Nassau Library System. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase your knowledge and decision making skills as a library trustee. You can take advantage of the excellent sessions that you will attend to build your credits to
become an LTA Certified Trustee.  Certification means that a trustee has made the effort to educate themselves about their role and responsibilities of serving on their library board. Because libraries can undergo change, like the implementation of the tax cap, it is critical for trustees to take advantage of any chance to absorb
information that will assist them in their duty of care. 

Looking forward to seeing you at the Marriott in Uniondale!

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