Check Your Sources

While most public library trustees are not lawyers, trustees are expected to follow the law of the land, whether that “land” be federal, state or in your very own library. When seeking answers and guidance it is important to understand which legal instruments have precedence over others. A common example of confusion in this area is where you would find the answer [...]

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Advocacy Day

Library Advocacy Day 2017 was a successful 'shout out' to legislators about the value of libraries to their communities. Trustees and students joined library professionals to bring a simple message to NY legislators: Libraries are education! Restore 4 million in library aid and match the 4% increase budgeted for education. Invest 50 million in construction [...]

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News from the State Librarian

From the Desk of Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Take this quick NOVELNY quiz - see how you do! Are the following ten statements True or False? (See answers at the end of this column): The acronym NOVELNY stands for New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. Started in [...]

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system overview

by Steven Bachman, Executive Director of 4CLS The Four County Library System (4CLS) is located in south-central New York and covers Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego County. 4CLS's 4,000 square mile service area includes 42 member libraries. The largest library in the system is the Broome County Public Library, situated in Binghamton and chartered to [...]

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from the Editor’s Desk

Greetings, LTA members and library supporters. My impression of 2017 so far is that everyone I know is busy, busy, busy. Whether it is family life, work load, or volunteer activities, the time from January 1st to mid April has just flown by. I have no doubt many of our readers will agree. Recognizing everyone's busy schedule, I hope you [...]

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