Summer 2012

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Summer 2012 issue of Trustee

The 2012 Library Trustees Association Annual Trustee Institute was truly an event to remember. The two-day conference, held in Uniondale, NY was blessed with gorgeous weather, excellent accommodations and a program that offered a wealth of information to attendees. The LTA board thanks Jackie Thresher, Executive Director of the Nassau Library System for her strong support of this year's conference.

The weekend got off to an exciting start with the tours of Roosevelt Public and the Merrick Library. Attendees got a glimpse of two dynamic facilities with state of the art technology and community space. Both libraries were bustling with patrons and library staffs were excited to show their libraries to tour participants. Each library offers a unique library experience to patrons and that uniqueness is what makes our annual library tours so popular.

Friday evening provided trustees and speakers a chance to network and enjoy a delicious meal. LTA President, Mary Ellen O'Connor, and Jackie Thresher, Executive Director of the Nassau Library System provided warm welcomes to attendees. The highlight of this evening was the presentation of the Outstanding Trustee Award, Outstanding Friends Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Hearing about the accomplishments of the award winners proved both humbling and inspiring to the audience. Susan N. Herman, President of the ACLU, was keynote speaker. Her comments provided food for thought and melded well with our public libraries' overall purpose of providing information to all without prejudice.

This summary cannot convey the energy and excitement of Saturday's main conference. Every session was well attended. Speakers were well-prepared and topics were timely. Everyone wanted to attend every break out session and wished there was more time to spend on each topic.

The morning sessions provided pertinent information of a practical nature. Safety and Security in Public Libraries, presented by Michael J. Daly Director of Logistics and Security Management, Queens Library, gave an excellent overview of defining a library's need for security and how to respond to security problems; or better yet, prepare for problems before they occur. Peter Ward, Director of Lindenhurst Memorial Library took on the task of clarifying parliamentary procedures. His explanation unraveled the web of motions and procedures that are meant to help and not hinder our meetings.

The afternoon session topics were practical but allowed for some creative thinking. Dennis Belfiore, principal at Belfiore Architects PC, shared examples of ways to make the most of the space a library has. With good advice and creative thinking, expansion may not be necessary when funds for growth are limited. Confronting the Future, presented by Dr. Roger G. Levien, President, Strategy & Innovation Consulting, demonstrated the importance of planning for the future, having goals in mind, because the future is coming fast upon us.

The lunch break provided attendees a chance to refuel and relax. It also provided LTA the opportunity to present our annual Velma K. Moore Award. This year is the 50th anniversary of this award, and we were delighted to have members of Velma K. Moore's family on hand to present the award to Carol Franzese, Watkins Glen Public Library. Learn more about Carol and our other award winners in a separate article.
Saturday's institute closed with presenter Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, sharing his perspective on Fiscal Responsibilities of Board Members and the Effect of the Tax Cap on Libraries. Mr. DiNapoli's presentation was informative and entertaining, no small feat during these tight financial times. He presented figures and statistics to explain the current fiscal environment, and shared his personal perspective on libraries and their value. The picture painted was realistic but not disheartening for public libraries. We were left with the impression that our State Comptroller's office is there to help us through the required procedures to comply with new regulations, and is supportive of trustees in their role administering public funds.

The 2013 LTA Trustee Institute will be held in Buffalo, NY. Tentative dates are May 3 & 4!

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