For Library Trustees in New York State

This 2018 revision of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is a continuation of a decades long effort to provide library trustees with a readable and concise reference to assist them in the performance of their duties. It can be downloaded in its entirety or the sections can be accessed individually from the links below. In addition, the New York State Division of Library Development has many resources on their website to assist Trustees.

Complete Handbook

Download the complete Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State in pdf format.

Individual sections can also be downloaded from the links below.

Register for the next session of the online Trustee Handbook Book Club.

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Library Development

The New York State Division of Library Development is a strong voice for library services at all levels. We assist librarians, trustees, public officials and community leaders with new ways of making library services and resources available to people of all ages.

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Download the sections from the Handbook for Trustees from the links below:

Legislative Agenda

Contact Your Elected Officials It takes less than two minutes to send your message supporting New York's Libraries.

Legislative Roster


Other Sources of Information

In addition to the documents above, there are a number of other resources for Trustees that are online at the websites noted below. Library Trustees are encouraged to visit these websites to learn more. If you have questions, you can ask them here.

Library Trustees Association of New York State

In addition to Trustee materials, Trustees can find monthly updates with important news, online discussions, learning opportunities and the policy database. Find trends and issues affecting library service.

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Nioga Library System By-laws

Nioga Library System's By-laws were enacted in 1959 and most recently amended in 2018.

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New York Library Association (NYLA)

NYLA leads, educates, and advocates for the advancement of the New York library community. NYLA has always been devoted to the promotion of the library interests of the entire state. It has contributed to a notable system of modern libraries throughout the state.

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NYLA Sustainability Initiative

NYLA's Sustainability Initiative provides a select group of New York's library leaders with the time and space to articulate the way libraries will adapt to our changing world as co-creators in shaping strategies that ensure our libraries remain vital, are able to rebound from disruption and provide on-going value to the communities they serve.

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Nioga Library System Plan of Service

The Five Year Plan of Service is a planning document which identifies, organizes, and provides an overview of the Nioga Library System’s service programming. The Plan contains what the system proposes to accomplish in order to meet the needs of our communities, region and New York State. 

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State of America's Libraries Report

The release of the American Library Association’s (ALA) State of America's Libraries Report showed library staff in every state faced an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books in 2021. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals.

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