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Resources for Library Trustees  

This guide is designed to provide public librarians with quick access to reference materials that may be used for library trustee/board training.
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Board Orientation

The Successful Library
Trustee Handbook  written by Mary Y. Moore includes an excellent list of orientation documents to give to newly appointed library board members. 

  • A list of current board members, their contact information, and terms of office
  • description of board committees
  • bylaws of the board
  • library's vision and mission statement
  • copies of all current library policies
  • copies of current budget and latest audit report
  • board minutes for the last six months
  • annual reports for the last five years
  • diagram of organizational structure
  • copy of your state's library laws, including public meetings acts and library privacy laws
  • your state's trustee manual
  • description of the library's programs, services and hours 
  • most current annual statistical report and other evaluative data
  • brochures or other publications about the library 

Advisory Board vs. Governing Board

A governing board determines the policies of the library, sets its budget, advocates for it and is responsible for the hiring and firing of the library director. 

An advisory board provides counsel and recommendations to another. May be asked to advise on the hours the library is open, assist with strategic planning, evaluation of the librarian, and advocate for the library. 



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The Successful Library Trustee Handbook - Mary Y. Moore; Association for Library Trustees and Advocates Staff (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780838908914
Publication Date: 2004-11-01
Some boards of directors micromanage; others protect their turf to the detriment of their customers .Library consultant Mary Moore offers guidance on what trustees can do to foster an effective organization. This ALTA-approved training manual for members of library boards of trustees is for new trustees and experienced board members.


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