Thanks to your support, LTA was able to accomplish a great deal in 2016. We are so grateful for all the memberships and partnerships which enable LTA to keep growing.
As we head into 2017, we aim to accomplish even more. We will continue to focus on educating newer trustees as we expand opportunities for experienced trustees. We will continue to reach out to all regions of the state, as we expand our resources for all types of library boards – rural, suburban, urban, public and association.
We are humbled by the many kind words and expressions of appreciation that we received after our May Institute at Plattsburgh and after our standing room only summer workshop at Batavia. We love seeing the connections that are formed during these events.
When we ask for feedback, the most common response is: “Thank you! Keep doing all that you are doing!” Those words mean a great deal. Our goal to is to do just that, while we continue to add new services, expand newsletter and web content and increase educational opportunities (both locally and virtually). This is your organization, and together, we intend to provide the best possible resources for you and your board.
Please read below to see a snapshot of what to look forward to in 2017 . . .
Recognition: LTA will be recognizing trustee accomplishments with more frequency. In addition to our new website recognition program, we just introduced the “LTA STAR Program.” Through this program, trustees can accrue credits by being involved. LTA will then award and recognize trustees based on the number of credits they earn.
Membership: Membership in 2016 grew by 25% and continues to be on the rise! We are also honored that 21/23 system boards were LTA members this year. Stronger membership allows for increased networking, supports a stronger presence when speaking to legislators, and provides LTA with the financial ability to provide more resources, content, programs and educational opportunities.
Education: To reach out to more regions, LTA will hold two “mini-Institutes” this year. One will be held in Binghamton on May 6, and the other will be held in Long Island during the summer. In 2018, LTA will have a two-day Institute in Long Island, at the Marriott in Uniondale, on April 27-28.
LTA will continue to collaborate with other professionals in the library field, bringing learning opportunities to members in an affordable way. In addition to web resources, Joe Eisner’s Q&A services and webinars, LTA sponsors programs at the NYLA annual Conferences.
Electronic Resources: LTA’s policy database continues to increase in traffic (now over 3500 visits/month). We continue to expand our social media presence, have a regularly updated website and blog, and we are developing a legislative portal to allow our members to more easily connect with library law, news, and their legislators. We also have plans to develop a program that will allow libraries and systems to update their LTA accounts more easily.
Thank you to all our 2016 members and to those who have already renewed for 2017! We look forward to 2017 as we continue to work with you to make NYS libraries all that they can and should be.
We also extend a special thank you to our Institute co-hosts: CEFLS, NCLS, SALS, NNYLN and the Plattsburgh Library, and our Batavia co-hosts: Nioga Libray System, PLS, and the Richmond Memorial Library. And we appreciate all our strong partnerships with other organizations, including: DLD, NYLA, FLS, PULISDO (and all system directors and liaisons), ESLN and the many library directors and trustees who have contributed articles to our website and presented at our workshops.