Fall 2013

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Libraries Spark Imagination

Fall 2013 issue of Trustee

The 2013 NYLA Annual Conference produced "mindful energy" against the backdrop of the thundering Niagara Falls in three days of program sessions, professional events, networking opportunities, and marketplace exhibits.
A Sampler of Conference Highlights:
  • The Keynote by Alice Hoffman tracing her roots as a writer to being free to read, read, read in her hometown library
  • Discussion of banned and challenged books
  • Roadmaps for library advocacy
  • The reoccurring theme of the Library as center of the community
  • Best practices of programs that meet community expectations
  • Technology challenges: what works now, what is coming…

The room was packed for the LTA-sponsored program Everything You Wanted to Know About the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Laws… But Were Afraid to Ask. Presenter Robert J. Freeman is Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government (COOG NYS on Google), a cumbersome title for the smallest department in NYS government. A department of one has advantages – each call goes straight to the director who is empowered to give a definitive answer.

Bob began with an overview of the laws and then invited questions from the audience to illustrate specifics aspects. From then on questions flew about executive sessions, quorums, meeting notifications, the board’s responsibility to involve the public, requirements for posting minutes, confidentiality - questions triggered by situations faced by library trustees and professional staff working with library boards. It’s a skilled presenter who can explain legal implications in simple factual terms seasoned with humor and an understanding of his audience. 

Each participant came away from the session better informed about Open Meeting Laws and ready to be FOILed! Perhaps the most important take-away was a connection to Bob Freeman as a resource when trustees don’t know the answers.

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