Categorized | News, Trustees

Mini-Webinars for Trustees

New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis, announced today that nine brand new mini-webinars for Library Trustees are now available on the New York State Library’s website at:

The mini-webinar curriculum includes modules to help ensure that all library trustees in New York State have the skills they need to govern their libraries.  Available mini-webinars include:

  • Libraries in NY: Origin, Oversight & Organization
  • Open Meetings Law: Transparent and Accountable Governance
  • Role of the Board President
  • The Public Library Treasurer: Their Role and Legal Responsibilities
  • Board Evaluation: A Key to Your Library’s Success
  • Director Evaluation: A Key to Your Library’s Success
  • Hiring Your Library CEO: The Future of Your Library Depends on It
  • Strategic Planning Part One: Creating a Path for the Future
  • Strategic Planning Part Two: Creating a Path for the Future

Expert presenters include Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System and Jerry Nichols, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, co-editors of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State; Grace Riario, Ramapo Catskill Library System, and Ron Kirsop, Pioneer Library System.

The nine Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinars are a product of the collaborative efforts of the library community in New York State.  The Public Library Systems Directors Organization (PULISDO), the Library Trustees Association of New York State (LTA), the New York Library Association (NYLA), the New York State Library, trustees, and library directors from around New York State helped Team HATS to shape the curriculum, content and delivery of the HATS Mini-Webinar Series.

The creation of HATS Mini-Webinars for Library Trustees is one outcome of the New York State Library’s participation in the 2015 ILEAD USA Initiative, a partnership project with the Illinois State Library, the New York Library Association and the Mid York Library System.  One of the eight New York ILEAD Initiative Teams, Team HATS members addressed the educational needs of public library boards and trustees in New York State with the goal of increasing trustee confidence and knowledge.  Team HATS members include Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Team Mentor), Mid-Hudson Library System; Lisa Erickson, Nioga Library System; Jennifer Ferriss, Saratoga Public Library; Ron Kirsop, Pioneer Library System; Grace Riario, Ramapo Catskill Library System; and Amanda Travis, Onondaga County Public Library System.  The 2015 ILEAD USA project was made possible by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Questions about the Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinars may be directed to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Team HATS Mentor at, 845-471-6060, ext. 239.


Comments are closed.

MVLS Board of Trustees Meeting

Mohawk Valley Library System
Board of Trustees Meeting

9:30 AM, Thursday, January 20, 2022
Board Documents


Library Recognition Award Recipient
Schoharie Free Library


Harold & Junice Wusterbarth Volunteer Service Award Recipient
Sharon Jordan, Schenectady County Public Library

Library Catalog

Support MVLS

Contact Us

Phone: 518-355-2010
Fax: 518-355-0674
Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 27 other subscribers

Blog Archive

Blog Categories