Trustee

Winter 2012

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President's Memo

By Mary Ellen O’Connor, LTA Board President

Winter 2012 issue of Trustee

Looking back to look ahead!

2011 was another busy year for LTA. After implementing the changes in 2010 we worked steadily to build on our accomplishments and live up to our mission to educate, represent and advocate for library trustees.

More and more libraries and library systems are joining LTA and contributing by sending us their policies to add to our policy database. Our website gets updated on the first of each month to provide trustees with the most current information at hand to assist them in their governance role. If you haven’t as yet explored our website, please visit us at www.librarytrustees.org.

Our newsletter, TRUSTEE, is growing with much journalistic diversity as our Editor reaches out to library systems with a new feature entitled System Overview. In an effort to highlight policies of special interest to trustees there is another new article, Policy Spotlight by Tim Gavin. One of our LTA directors, Jim Britell, makes his contribution with The Library Trustee’s Book Shelf. It just keeps getting better and better.

We had another successful Trustee Institute in Albany last year and we are looking forward to this year’s Trustee Institute which will be held in Nassau, Long Island. Attendees will be able to use their attendance to build on their LTA trustee cer- tification program. In 2013 the Trustee Institute will be held in the City of Buffalo but, for the first time, three library systems will host: Buffalo & Erie County, Nioga and Chautauqua-Cattaraugus.

Last November’s NYLA Conference gave us a wonderful opportunity to introduce our website to the NYLA attendees. Our booth was always busy with people using our computer and navigating through our site with the help of Tim Gavin who continues to build our policy database.

One of the highlights of 2011 for LTA was giving testimony in November at the Assembly Public Hearing on Funding Libraries in New York State. Assembly Member Bob Reilly chaired the panel to examine the impact of the 2011-12 State Budget on public libraries across New York State. I would like to thank all the people in the library community who took the time to send me their story of how the budget cuts affected their library, system and the services they provide. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the trustees who testified: Jane Suddaby (Onondaga County Public Library), Denise King and Judy Cross (Southern Tier Library System), and Christine Griffin (Finger Lakes Library System).    Always keep in mind that legislators want to hear from trustees.

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


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