Fall 2015

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LTA Programs at NYLA Conference

Fall 2015 issue of Trustee


(Conference Center at Lake Placid — Oct 23 & 24)


Friday, 10/23


Simple Strategic Planning

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Sponsor: LTA


Lauren Moore and Ron Kirsop, from the Pioneer Library system, have developed a simple strategic planning process that any library can implement. With just a few tools, you can solicit input from your community, staff, and board to create a meaningful strategic plan. The key elements of the process include aspiration-oriented focus groups, a simple community survey, and discussions with internal members of the library. This presentation will explain the evolution of their model, the elements applied during the planning stages, the responsibilities of all parties involved, and how this model promotes future planning.

Speakers from Pioneer Library System:

Lauren Moore, Executive Director, PLS

Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director, PLS


LTA is proud to be partnering with the Friends Library Section to provide the additional programs: 


Painting in Plein Air

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Sponsors: FLS / LTA


When funding was cut $4000, Morristown Public Library took advantage of their picturesque surroundings on the St. Lawrence River by creating an innovative annual community arts festival. Learn how it’s done.


Bridget Whalen-Nevin, Morristown Public Library

Michele Whalen, Morristown Plein Air Committee

Gail Zeek, Morristown Plein Air Committee

Carolyn Noble, Morristown Plein Air Committee


Friends & Foundations: a Merger

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Sponsors: FLS / PLS, LTA


Combining a library’s Friends group and Foundation can help with fundraising, advocacy, and program activities. Learn about the process and the benefits of joining forces from the organization that supports the Rochester Public Library.


Sharon Salluzzo, Friends & Foundation of RPL

Peg Glisson, Retired, RPL

Ned Davis, Friends & Foundation of RPL


Saturday, 10/24


Accounting for Non-Profits

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Sponsors: FLS / PLS, LTA


How much profit can my organization make? Do I have to file that form with the IRS? What about sales tax? CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner John Parsell and not-for-profit auditor Nathan Wray will answer these and other accounting questions for 501(c)(3) organizations. John Parsell serves as an internal auditor for the Potsdam Public Library.


John Parsell, John Parsell, IV, CPA

Nathan Wray, John Parsell, IV, CPA


LTA thanks Sarah Sachs, President-Elect of the Friends Library Section (FLS), and FLS for the development of these programs.

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