Summer 2013

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2013 Trustee Institute Goes West

Summer 2013 issue of Trustee

The Millenium Hotel in Buffalo, NY was the location for the Library Trustees Association of NY 2013 Trustee Institute on May 3rd and 4th this year. This marked the first time an annual Institute was held at the western end of our state. Trustees from three western systems, Buffalo & Erie County, NIOGA, and Chautauqua/Cattaraugus plus other locations gathered for a chance to learn more about being a trustee, to recognize regional award winners and to network. Mother Nature provided sunny, warm weather, making travel convenient.

This year’s institute did not include a library tour due to the size of the western region represented by the three library systems. However, a new workshop session started the Institute off before the traditional Friday welcome reception. Offered by Libby Post, President of Communication Services, the session offered strategies and planning useful in growing support for your library and its goals. The welcome reception was laid out in a cozy location that encouraged conversation among attendees and the vendors participating in the weekend. CSArch Architectural Firm, Dignity Memorial network of Funeral Providers, and the New York State Library had excellent information available.

Friday’s dinner included welcome by the three area system directors — Thomas Bindeman from NIOGA, Tina Scott from Chautauqua-Cattaraugus, and Mary Jean Jakubowski of the Buffalo & Erie System. The dinner included recognition of the

Outstanding Trustee, the Outstanding Friend and the Distinguished Service award winners. Rocco Termini, local business person and strong library supporter provided keynote comments after an excellent dinner.

Saturday provided an opportunity for two large-group and three concurrent sessions on a variety of topics. All were well attended. The first general session was presented by Ellen Bach, of Counsel, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP and focused on how to become a special district library. CSArch Vice President, Tom Ritzenthaler AIA, shared his perspective on making use, or reuse, of existing facilities through design changes and improvements. Libby Post presented a second workshop on Getting The Vote Out, sharing ideas on branding, developing marketing materials and other important steps to running a successful campaign. Rustina Wigg, Director, Southern Tier Library System and Mary Ellen O’Connor, past president of LTA, gave an excellent presentation on the roles and responsibilities of the library trustee and the library director.

The highlight of the luncheon on Saturday was the presentation of the Velma K. Moore award, LTA’s annual recognition of dedicated service to libraries.

Saturday’s schedule closed with a large group session with State Librarian Bernie Margolis sharing his perspective on libraries and the value of trustees in maintaining the library of the future.

You can see the full program on the LTA website and access any materials provided by the presenters at the website, too. Our website will contain updates as materials are provided. The 2014 Trustee Institute will move to Westchester County for May 2nd and 3rd. Check the website and the quarterly Trustee newsletter for updates.


2013 Library Trustees Association of New York State Award Recipients

The Outstanding Trustee Award

This award presented to a trustee who has shown a true understanding of his/her role as trustee and has demonstrated unusual dedication and expertise in their role as a trustee.

Albert E. Martin, the 2013 recipient, has served the Lancaster Public Library for forty years. He has served in various positions and was instrumental in the planning of and the move into the current library location.


Outstanding Friends Award

This award presented to an individual in a FRIENDS group who has given extraordinary service as a FRIEND and to recognize his/her contribution in helping to make our libraries a vibrant, active, and essential force in our communities.


Our 2013 recipient is Mary Anne Braunbach. Ms. Braunbach successfully planned and moved Hoag Library into a new building in 2012. She began work as a trustee and finished the project in a leadership position with the Friends Group.


The Distinguished Service Award

This award, which allows state-wide nomination, may be conferred annually to an individual or group of people for noteworthy achievement, as evidence by substantial activities or exceptional service, to the library community.

The 2013 recipient is Richard Strauss, from Jordan, NY. Dick has been a tireless supporter of libraries and library trustees on both local and State levels. His local library, Bramley Library, the Onondaga County Public Library System, as well as its Foundation, and the LTA have benefitted from his strong financial and operational professional experience.


The Velma K. Moore Award
The award, presented annually at the Trustee Institute, carries a cash prize of $1,500, which is given to the recipient’s library of choice. The award is granted to an individual or group of individuals who has made exemplary contributions to the development of library services in NYS.

Dr. Dale Wexell has been a consummate advocate and fund raiser for Southern Tier Library System. He created the Foundation for the System and laid the groundwork for major fund raising which benefits all the libraries in the system.


Congratulations to all the award winners!

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