Winter 2016

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.

Year in Review

Winter 2016 issue of Trustee

Thanks to your support, LTA accomplished a lot in 2015.  Here are some of the highlights  . . .

Trustee Institute: a successful Institute in Syracuse brought trustees, staff and supporters together in Syracuse for workshops on ways to connect with our patrons, legislators, system and collaborators.  Our partnership with OCPL, FLLS, NCLS and MYLS was crucial, and we thank them for their support

Awards:  annual awards for Outstanding Trustee, Outstanding Friend, to recipients from the Central region of the state and LTA’s statewide Velma K Moore were presented in May.

Regional Institute:  to improve our outreach to members, LTA held a regional institute in July 2015.  Co-sponsored by the Southern Tier Library System and subsidized by memberships, the evening event at Hammondsport was well received and attended.

Education: LTA collaborates with other professionals in the library field to bring learning opportunities to members in an affordable way. In addition to web resources, Joe Eisner’s Q&A services and webinars, LTA sponsored programs at the NYLA Conference in Lake Placid. LTA’s presentation focused on simplifying long range planning and was conducted by the directors of the Pioneer Library System.

Communications: LTA recognizes it is important to keep members and supporters updated on issues and happenings. The quarterly Trustee newsletter is our print publication. The LTA website is updated regularly with news and insights. Monthly email blasts reach out with pertinent information in a concise format.

State-Wide Advocacy:  LTA took an active part in coordinating a strong presence of library trustees at Advocacy Day on March 4.

Membership:  Membership grew by 20%! More members allow for greater input and peer-to-peer communication from around the state. This helps LTA learn what library trustees find important and need to know. Stronger membership supports a stronger presence when speaking to legislators and when collaborating on solutions with partners.

LTA Board:  We were devastated to lose John Eberhardt as the representative from the Suffolk County region. However, we gained Phil Archer from Southern Tier, George Wolf from Monroe County, and Mary Ellen Darling from Pioneer. It is an exciting group and we encourage you to consider becoming a part of the leadership team.

Electronic Resources:  LTA’s policy database continues to draw over 2500 visits a month. We have been expanding our social media presence and made use of more user-friendly resources to organize our monthly news. Our blog, updated monthly, is searchable by keyword, category and date – as is our newsletter. LTA has also developed a legislative portal to allow our members to more easily connect with library legislation, law, news, and their legislators. 

As we head into 2016 we will accomplish even more.  We will continue to focus on educating newer trustees, as we expand on opportunities for experienced trustees.  We will continue to help ease the development of long range plans for your own libraries as we develop our own.  In doing so, LTA will expand our outreach efforts as we partner with DLD, statewide library organizations, systems, directors and you.    

Thank you to all of our 2015 members and to those who have already renewed for 2016!  We look forward to next year as we continue to work with you to make NYS libraries all that they can and should be. 

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