Could you please take a moment to fill out a short survey to help improve trustee education in NYS?

Deadline: June 15
Link for survey:
HATS Trustee Training Survey

Please read the information below to find out more about: the team which is organizing this survey, the goals of their project, and how your input will help.

Thank you!

Help Shape Public Library Trustee Education in New York State!


A big part of what makes New York’s libraries strong are the citizen boards that govern them. Neighbors helping neighbors. However, with increasing regulations, the tax cap and rapid changes in our society related to technology, economics, education and the environment – public library trustees have never had more to contend with.

A team of public library system staff has been formed to develop a consistent trustee education framework to facilitate knowledge creation among public library trustees in New York. The team, Helping All Trustees Succeed in New York State (HATS)*, is working through New York State Library’s ILEAD USA** program. Through that program the team identified their primary target audience – they will focus on public library system staff who would organize and facilitate educational sessions for trustees in their region. The team’s goal is to increase the confidence of system staff to provide regional trustee education.

HATS recognizes that many in the New York Library Community have a stake in trustee education. The team is clear that the curriculum included in the education framework we plan to develop for System staff will be stronger with input from key community stakeholders.

Stakeholder groups include:
The Public Library Systems (PULISDO)
New York State Library (NYSL)
Library Trustee Association of New York (LTA)
New York Library Association (NYLA)
Public Library Directors (PLS + beyond)

The team firmly believes in tapping into the collective wisdom in the New York Library Community and will be working to collect feedback from all stakeholders.

To that end, the team has developed a survey to collect input from stakeholders from around New York State. The goal of this survey is to gain a general understanding of trustees’ confidence level in board related topics, preferences in receiving information, and limitations in the area of trustee education.

Input will help shape the next step in this project; please answer as honestly as possible. All responses are anonymous.

*HATS Team Members:
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System
Lisa Erickson, Communications, Advocacy and Outreach Librarian at the Nioga Library System
Jennifer Ferriss, Assistant Director at the Southern Adirondack Library System
Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director at the Pioneer Library System
Grace Riario, Assistant Director at the Ramapo Catskill Library System
Amanda Travis, Member Library Liaison at the Onondaga County Public Library

Link for survey:
HATS Trustee Training Survey (Deadline is June 15)

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