Summer 2015

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From the Editor's Desk

Summer 2015 issue of Trustee

I am always surprised at how quickly we arrive at mid-Summer once Memorial Day passes us by. Festival, family events, holidays all seem to get packed in so that we make the most of our non-winter season.


It has been over two months since our successful 2015 Trustee Institute. Regardless of the time that has passed, I want to take a moment here to thank my planning team for the 2015 event. Several Institutes ago, the LTA of NY board of directors felt a regional and more collaborative approach would result in better events and allow us to build relationships. That certainly was true for the 2015 Institute.

For the 2015 Institute, our regional focus was on the center of the state. System Directors and staff from Onondaga County Public Library System, Finger Lakes Library System, Mid-York Library System and North Country Library System willingly worked with me and co-chair, LTA Director Jean Currie, to plan and execute the Institute. Executive Directors Susan Mitchell (OCPL), Wanda Bruchis (MYLS)  and Steve Bolton (NCLS), respectively, brought energy and ideas to our several planning meetings. Amanda Travis, Member Library Liaison from OCPL, and Katie McCauley, from MYLS, played key roles when representing their systems. Besides good suggestions, the library systems contributed talent from their staff for the system table displays and encouraged their trustees to attend the event. No one seemed to mind traveling to Syracuse for our periodic meetings and in spite of the time and effort collaborating required, I think we all enjoyed working together on the 2015 Institute.


Several librarians and staff from the four systems also added their energy to our Institute weekend. Jennifer Ranger, Digital Librarian and Monica Norton, Youth Librarian, from Salina Free Library staffed the OCPL system table with Amanda Travis and René Battelle, Assistant Director from Marcellus Free Library. Matthew Corey, Online Resources Consultant and Paulette Roes, Library Consultant represented NCLS. Amanda Schiavulli and Greg Kiehl joined us from FLLS and Dr. Jude Walton, President of the MYLS Board of Trustees helped with the basket raffle.

Besides our System Silver Sponsors, thanks also go out to our other Silver Sponsors: CLRC, NYLA and the Gallery Collection; and our Platinum Sponsors: Dignity Memorial Service, CSArch and Communication Services. Thanks, also, to Greenwood Winery for welcoming our trustees to a wine tasting and the donation of a gift basket.


You will see a summary of the presentations as you read through this issue. More photos and details  on our website. Check it out! I hope it plants a seed in your mind so that YOU want to be a part of the 2016 Institute. Remember, there is more to being a library trustee than bake sales and monthly meetings. In our complex society, current knowledge is essential to doing your best on your board. LTA is here to help you be the best library trustee you can be.

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