Spring 2016

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President's Memo

Spring 2016 issue of Trustee

A Key to the new Trustees Handbook
A new edition (2015) of The Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, is now out and available. Library Systems have copies for their trustees, but it is also available on line. It will provide access to many resources, library organizations and in depth materials not available in the 2010 edition. You will find the link to the Handbook at the State Library site. It is also on the LTA homepage: Click the tab for Trustee Education. It is listed in the dropdown menu. Control F is not the secret password to fame and fortune, but it is the function on your computer keyboard to find the information you are looking for. If you need information and are not sure what chapter has the answer, Ctrl F will lead you through the possibilities.  Ctrl F will bring you to the index – a search box that will allow you to type in what you are looking for. Type in - Oath of Office – 4 matches, or Investment – 12 matches and the NEXT button allows you to get to all the references that the Handbook offers on that subject. 
As in past editions, the Table of Contents is the starting point for your search. Whether a seasoned trustee or new to this position on your board, you will find the information you need to grow and learn.    The expanded information and resource links in each chapter will be a place to find out some of the why and when that information was added and needed in this edition.
The Appendices have documents. These documents can be used as guidelines for your board or resources for your next discussion. A comparison of the different types of libraries and Working Together to learn who does what, are a couple of documents included.  Learn a bit about Civil Service, a recommended policy checklist, a glossary to explain some of those confusing acronyms. 
As laws, regulations and practices change, the Handbook becomes the quick, accurate and reliable source for your basic information. Here is one more to try with Ctrl F – type in Duties- 18 matches. All trustees need a primer or a refresher. This is a terrific resources and will help you find a solution, get you up to speed and improve your knowledge at meetings.  Open it up – check out a chapter or two, and repeat, regularly. 
LTA is grateful, appreciative and thanks Jerry Nichols, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, Brookville, NY and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie, NY for their comprehensive and extensive work on this new edition. A must read, as we so often hear.

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