100 Library Trustees gathered on August 12 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for LTA’s regional workshop, Trustees in the Know.
Rob Caluori, Director of Information Technology at Westchester Library System,broke down technical issues of patron privacy in what might be called Cybersecurity 101 for Libraries. He spelled out risks to library patrons, explained the concept of a public and private cloud, defined email security and email tools, and addressed changes in net neutrality – all in laymen terms.
A video of his presentation is available at https://youtu.be/2-Fj7WOHN68
Joe Eisner addressed trustee liability for library finances and for creating library policies in his presentation, Due Diligence: Liability, Policy, & Pitfalls. Joe is well known to trustees for his monthly website column, Ask Joe; his presentation sparked many questions as trustees matched their own board practices against legal and ethical considerations.
Jim Lothrop brought a team from his architectural firm, Lothrop Associates, to envision how future forces within technology will change the way libraries are used. Libraries looking to engage additional patrons need to plan collaborative spaces and portable configurations, and to consider how design elements—use of color, lighting options, furniture design, and, yes, whimsy—can define the character of a community library.
LTA sends a genuine thank you to Library Director Gretchen Browne and the library staff for hosting the workshop and facilitating the program details and workshop amenities.
As one trustee commented, it’s great to leave “more in the know” after this successful workshop.