Winter 2014

The Trustee communicates issues affecting libraries and library services. Once a library and systems join LTA, all their trustees automatically receive this quarterly publication published by LTA. To learn more about membership in LTA, Click Here.

LTA Introduces a New Service for Members

Winter 2014 issue of Trustee

Do You Have a Library Question Which Requires an Answer?

As part of LTA’s expansion of service to aid and assist library trustees and directors, LTA now offers members an opportunity to confer with Joe Eisner.

Joe is a retired public library director, and current chair of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library Board. He is the compiler of the Handbook of Library Laws and Regulations in New York State (currently being revised).   His expertise includes knowledge gained from 42 years experience as a public library administrator in New York State.

Joe is not an attorney, but he can help you, your board or director with advice or referrals on how to deal with what may be unfamiliar or new situations, or long-standing chronic ones, involving but not limited to such matters as: use of library facilities by outside groups, relations with municipal funding officials, personnel matters, or he can help by providing an opportunity for you to discuss a library problem with an unbiased outside source.

Who Can Use this Service?

Any LTA member — trustees, directors, librarians, and Friends (if your library is a member, you are a member!) — is welcome to contact Joe with a library question.

How to Use this Service:

Joe can be contacted toll-free at 1 (866) 720-8969 ext. 101, by email at or by fax at 1 (516) 942-7042.

This service is offered free of charge.

LTA thanks Joe for his partnership in providing this extremely valuable service and resource.

Please note: Joe’s advice and information should not be construed as legal advice, for which the services of a competent attorney should be secured, Neither Joe nor LTA shall be held liable for any action taken as a result of the information Joe provides.


More about Joe Eisner:


Joseph Eisner received his Master’s degree in Library Service from Columbia University. He was the founding Director of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library and Director of the Plainedge Public Library from 1972 until his retirement in 2001. He has been a trustee of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library since 1981 and has been Library Board chair for the past 13 years.

He served on the 1972 Commissioner of Education’s Committee on Public Library Service, and upon his retirement in 2001, Eisner became an unpaid consultant to the Nassau Library System. Eisner has developed expertise in the areas of New York library laws and regulations. He compiled and edited the 1963 publication of the Handbook of Laws and Regulations, and has authored numerous articles on various topics of public library administration and finance.

He is the recipient of several awards, including the Velma K. Moore Award from the Library Trustees Association and most recently, the Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award from NYLA. He has also been honored by the Nassau Library System as an “Advocate & Advisor Extraordinaire”.


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