Fall 2014

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Fall 2014 issue of Trustee

Friday, 11/7


Advanced Trustee Training

(Beyond Your Average Boot Camp)

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Saratoga Hilton: Saratoga Ballroom 3



This popular program is updated and revised for 2014. Trustee fundamentals will be covered, but more advanced trustee concerns will also be addressed. Part of the presentation will be based on your specific questions and interests. Please submit your questions ahead of time to:



Richard Strauss, Past President Onondaga County Library System

Joseph Eisner, Chairperson Plainview-Old Bethpage Library


Mr. Strauss is a dedicated volunteer and advocate for libraries. He has served Jordan Bramley Library since 1995, Onondaga County Public Library as well as its Foundation, and LTA for nine years, where he also served as President. Organizations have benefited from Dick’s strong financial and operational professional experience since the early 1990s. Mr. Strauss was the recipient of LTA’s Distinguished Service Award, 2013.


Mr. Eisner’s expertise is based on 42 years serving as a public library administrator in New York State. He served on the Library Trustees Foundation Board (predecessor of LTA), is a recipient of LTA’s Velma K. Moore Award, and shares his advice with LTA members through his “Ask Joe Eisner” service.


LTA is also proud to be co-sponsoring these three programs being offered by the Empire Friends Roundtable (EFR):


Friday, 11/7


Get by with a Little Legal Help

for Your Friends

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM



What legal issues most concern your Friends group? The Pro Bono Partnership, Inc., provides free legal service to nonprofit groups in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Their tag line is “Volunteer Attorneys Strengthening Nonprofits and Our Communities.” Bring your questions on general concerns for 501(c)(3) organizations such as sales tax, ballot initiatives, incorporation, fundraising, and fiscal reporting requirements.



Courtney Darts, Senior Staff Attorney

Judy Siegel, Staff Attorney

Pro Bono Partnership


Saturday, 11/8


Fundraising with Annual Appeals

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM



Both volunteers for the Friends of the Library groups and community members who serve on the library’s board of trustees have much in common in helping libraries thrive and survive.  Together, Friends and trustees can become strong allies and advocates for our libraries. Yearly campaigns that directly solicit funds from the community are a vital part of a library’s financial plan to supplement public funding. 



Leah LaFera, Library Director, Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum

Kathy Naftaly, Director, Crandall Public Library

Lynn Shanks, Development Director, Crandall Public Library


Library Foundations and Endowments

11 AM – 12:15 PM



Foundations can assist libraries in reaching their long-term goals and objectives with resources that can provide a constant funding stream over time. Foundations, which are separate organizations with their own boards of trustees, establish endowments and manage large contributions and bequests. Growing funds, managing investments, and marketing the endowment to donors are all crucial for long-term success.



Suzanne Stockman, Fairport Library Foundation; Trustee Fairport Public Library; former  LTA Director.

Mary Muller, The Troy Public Library Foundation; President Troy Public Library; Trustee Upper Hudson Library System.


LTA thanks Lisa Wemett, President-Elect of the Empire Friends Roundtable (EFR), and EFR for the development of these programs.

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