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 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.