Spring 2014

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Library Advocacy Day Report

Spring 2014 issue of Trustee

Even a last minute change of date for Library Advocacy Day 2014 did not have a negative effect on the event. Trustees from all parts of New York made a grand showing in Albany on 2-26.


Library Trustees Association of New York had a strong presence at the event, sponsoring a table with several LTA board members on hand to share information about the organization as well as to network with trustees, LTA members and elected officials. We distributed free t-shirts and gold “Trustee” badges so trustees were identifiable by legislators. We coordinated our efforts with NYLA to make the most of this opportunity to share what library patrons and their trustees have to say about library funding.


Martha Anderson, Tish Fontanella and John Eberhardt from the LTA board participated in the day. Attendance at the various activities varied. John shared, “Some audiences were small, some large, but all had the same message: we must get back the $4 million cut PLUS $2 to $5 million more. The elected officials were ok with figure, and all said the $4 million cut was a leverage point for the governor.”


Besides small and large group sessions with officials, trustees, librarians and library supporters had a chance to network at a meet and greet session at 5 pm on Advocacy Day. Hopefully, those more casual conversations will lead to stronger ties between libraries, systems and regions so we can speak with one voice on the importance of adequate library funding in New York State. 

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