Summer 2015

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LTA 2015 LTA Trustee Institute - May 1 & 2

Summer 2015 issue of Trustee

Trustees from around the Central New York region and downstate gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel in Syracuse for two days of networking, recognition and a chance to learn on a variety of topics at the 2015 Annual Trustee Institute. This year’s Institute was a cooperative effort between four library systems and LTA: Onondaga County Public Library System, Finger Lakes Library System, North Country Library System and Mid-York Library System. The theme for this conference was Crucial Connections.


Friday activities included a chance to visit the new Greenwood Winery before the cocktail hour began at 4 pm. Wine tasting and a wander around the lovely gift shop provided a nice way to start the weekend. The cocktail hour began at 6:30 pm. Besides enjoying a chance to network with other library trustees, attendees could meet with our vendors: Communication Services, CSArch, CLRC (Central Library Resources Council), and the Division of Library Development as well as visit information tables set up by each of the host systems.  System tables shared exciting exhibits on Google Glasses, Maker Space, completing construction grant paperwork, and explanations on the databases available throughout our systems. After Friday’s dinner, LTA presented the regional awards to Outstanding Trustee, Georgette Ogle (Cortland Free Library)  and Outstanding Friend, Paulette Quinn (Marcellus Free Library). Bernard Margolis, Assistant Commissioner of Libraries and State Librarian closed Friday’s dinner presentations with informative and witty comments.

Saturday provided a full schedule of networking and learning opportunities. After registration and a continental breakfast, trustees had workshops to choose from. Topics included: Connecting the Legal Lines - Legal Issues for Library Trustees, presented by Ellen Bach and Robert Schofield, with Whiteman Osterman and Hanna LLP; Connecting the Numbers - Understanding Internal Controls and the Audit Process, presented by Gail Kinsella, CPA, GGMA with Bonadio Group; and Connecting with Your Community, presented by Libby Post of Communication Services. The three workshops repeated mid-morning so attendees could get the most out of their morning. Lunch buffet gave trustees a chance to refuel. Library Trustees Association of New York awarded its primary award, the Velma K Moore award, at the conclusion of the lunch. Dennis Flavin from Sachem Public Library received the VKM award. Three trustees from Long Island received their Certified Trustee certificate and pin. Drawings for the basket raffle and the PAC raffle

were held before the final session began.


Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Lankes, professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies provided an invigorating presentation on how libraries can become more than mere book repositories in the future. He stressed the importance of connecting with our communities and growing with them as technology and community needs change.


The two day event proved to be a fun and enlightening experience for all who attended. LTA is grateful to our presenters, collaborators at the 4 library systems, vendors, attendees and the DoubleTree staff for making the 2015 Institute a success.

See you in 2016 at Plattsburgh, May 6 and 7!


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