Registration Deadline: August 5  Registration Form

LTA is honored to partner with the Nioga Library System to continue the dialogue begun at the May LTA Institute at Plattsburgh.

Trustees in the Know
An evening to Learn, Participate and Recharge for Library Trustees and Directors
Sponsored by the Library Trustees Association & the Nioga Library System

Funding is provided by LTA & Nioga Library System — open invitation to all trustees and directors. The event is hosted by the Richmond Memorial Library.

Hosted by:
Richmond Memorial Library
19 Ross Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Wednesday, August 10, 2016   4:00 – 8:00 PM

Join us to for two presentations:

  • Productive Meetings We All Need Them, by Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director, Pioneer Library System
  • A Financial Primer – Trustees Fiscal & Legal Responsibilities and External & Internal Audits, by Brie Harrison, Finance Director, Monroe County Library System
Program specifics and presenter bios are below . . .

Program Schedule:
4:00 – 4:15 Registration
4:15 – 5:30 Productive Meetings
5:30 – 6:30 Light Supper and Networking
6:30 – 7:45 A Financial Primer

What can library trustees do between monthly board meetings to enhance their knowledge of library services and legal and fiduciary responsibilities?

Just as libraries reflect and respond to their communities, LTA is committed to addressing specific trustee education needs through additional regional offerings.

RSVP by August 5  Registration Form  (preferred)
or send an e-mail to: (include name, position/title, library, system, and note if you are an LTA member)

We hope trustees will take advantage of this opportunity,and use it as a mechanism to shape public library services throughout the region.

Presentation Details

First Presentation: Productive Board Meetings

The most effective boards focus their time and energy on the few issues that make the biggest impact on the future of their library. To do this, boards need to use their limited meeting time as productively as possible. In this presentation, Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System, will talk about meeting preparation, common meeting difficulties, and other topics that can help improve the effectiveness of your monthly meetings.

Ron Kirsop is the Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System, a cooperative system in western New York serving 42 small and rural libraries. His focus is in user experience , customer service, strategic planning, and human resources.

Second Presentation: A Financial Primer

Overview of best practices for Boards with respect to budgeting, investments and expenses.  Guidelines on thresholds for financial reviews, audits and recent NYS Comptroller’s recommended actions from procedural audits.

Brie Harrison is the Finance Director for the Monroe County Library System (MCLS) and Rochester Public Library, overseeing $20 million in annual operating and capital budgets as well as $3.5 million in endowment (trust) investments.  She has provided prior training and support to the MCLS and Pioneer Library System in the areas of facilities management, cash handling, auditing and procurement standards.




Both speakers bring a wealth of public library knowledge and general expertise to the table. Trustees will have an opportunity to ask questions. For more information about this event, please visit the Online registration is also available through this link.

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Are you an LTA member? If yes, forms for The Certified Trustee Program will be available to record the event for CONTINUING EDUCATION credits.

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Please noteLTA is in the process of re-vamping it’s Continuing Education program, but any credits obtained for this event will be retained.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to or call 518-445-9505.