Fall 2014

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From the Editorís Desk

Fall 2014 issue of Trustee

For many of us, our “year” is defined by the school year and the summer break. Yes, we celebrate the New Year on January 1st, but the Labor Day holiday really stands out as the end a more relaxed period and the return to our normal routines.

In the library field, we don’t experience the “lazy, hazy, days of summer” – “crazy”, maybe. Our staff and library professionals are probably taking several deep breaths after another successful Summer Reading program and extra programming for patrons out of school. At most libraries, trustees continue to meet through the summer, too. There may be one less meeting or perhaps fewer issues of concern; but in general, you and I are busy planning for the upcoming months as we head in to autumn.


Library Trustees Association of New York is also staying active. One main thrust going into Fall is the planning for the 2015 Trustee Institute. Please keep the dates May 1 and 2, 2015 open on your calendar. The Institute will be held in Syracuse in 2015. LTA will be collaborating with four library systems in the center of the State to build a program that meets the needs and interests of our trustees and librarians. With easy access by car and plane, I hope many of you will make the effort to attend.


LTA is also building on collaborations with NYLA and other parties to strengthen trustee education in our State. Being a trustee involves more than approving library activities. We all need to have a basic understanding of policies, public relations, technology and financial management. LTA is also exploring ways we can use technology, including the LTA website and Facebook page to keep you informed about topics that are current in the library world. Please check and!/ regularly for updates and relevant information.


I hope you enjoy this issue of the Trustee. It contains updates on topics from around our great State. As always, please share your thoughts with LTA so we can meet our goal of educating, representing and advocating for trustees in New York State.

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