Library Trustees

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Library Trustee Slipsheet

Capital Planning Slipsheet

Being a library trustee means that you have been entrusted with the welfare of an important community institution capable of serving everyone in your community. A trustee’s first loyalty is to the library and the community it serves.

Trustee Manual for New Jersey Public Libraries

ALA United for Libraries

On February 1, 2009, Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) joined forces to become an expanded division of ALA known as the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, now United for Libraries. Through this partnership, United for Libraries brings together libraries voices to speak out on behalf of library services and free public access to information.

United for Libraries is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. No one has a stronger voice for libraries than those who use them, raise money for them, and govern them. By uniting these voices, library supporters everywhere will become a real force to be reckoned with at the local, state, and national levels.

United for Libraries Home

Tip Sheets for Trustees

Working Together: Roles & Responsibilities Guidelines Chart

Tales of a New Trustee

Electronic Discussion Group for Trustees

Trustees from all types of libraries are invited to participate in the United for Libraries electronic discussion group focused on topics of interest to library Trustees. When you send an email to the electronic discussion group it is automatically sent to all subscribers, and their emails are sent to your email. In this way Trustees from around the country can share advice and their real world experiences. Messages are automatically archived for future searching.

Build a Better Board Workshop

As part of its Best Practices for History Organizations workshop series, the New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Historic Trust are pleased to partner with the New Jersey State Library to offer a board training workshop. The workshop will feature Nancy Davis and Pam Fitzgerald of the Ivy Group, Ltd. The workshop will be offered in three different locations this fall.

As you know, every not-for-profit board has a fundamental responsibility for establishing structures, policies, and procedures that support good governance. From routine matters to decisions with broader consequences, boards face unprecedented institutional challenges that call on a range of skills and more-than-a-passing knowledge of strategic planning, budgeting, leadership development, fundraising, and change management. Please join us for a workshop focusing on nonprofit boards that will cover the following topics:

  • Getting the right people on the board
  • Orientation and training
  • Characteristics of successful board members
  • Who does what:  delineation of roles and responsibilities
  • Understanding the needs of your constituents
  • Board involvement in the community/be a player
  • Advocacy
  • Board maladies
  • Measuring progress and success/board self-evaluation

This workshop provides the opportunity to present best practices, analyze case studies, and participate in interactive discussion. All of the workshops will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

September 29th
Haggerty Education Center, Morristown

September 28th
Monmouth County Library, Manalapan

September 30th
Atlantic County Library, Mays Landing

Registration is limited to one trustee and one staff member from each cultural institution. There is a fee of $15 to cover the cost of refreshments. Please register by September 23, 2015. Please mail your check so that it arrives at the Commission 5 business days in advance of the event. If unpaid registrants have not communicated that they will not attend, or that they will bring a check to the conference, the Commission will not order food for them.


Mail your check to:

The New Jersey Historical Commission
POB 305
Trenton, NJ 08625-0305

Payable to:

The Treasurer of the State of New Jersey

NJ State Library Trustee Institute

Our Trustees know the value of New Jersey libraries and have embarked on the mission to ensure that libraries will continue to be able to provide essential services to our residents. Attending The New Jersey Library Trustee Institute provides many of the tools that will help them to achieve their goals. And like New Jersey’s libraries, our Library Trustees just keep getting better and better.

Record Attendance at 2014 NJ Library Trustee Institute

Over 200 library trustees, administrators and directors from across New Jersey convened at the Sheraton Eatontown on Saturday, September 13, for the biennial New Jersey Library Trustee Institute. The topic was Advocacy & Political Action for Libraries with keynote speaker John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary, discussing how to build voter support for library funding measures, and Johannes Neuer, director of Digital Engagement for the New York Public Library, discussing building a social library.

From left: Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, Johannes Neuer, director of Digital Engagement at NY Public Library, Alison Bryant, president NJLTA, John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary, Pat Tumulty, executive director NJLA.

From left: Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, Johannes Neuer, director of Digital Engagement at NY Public Library, Alison Bryant, president NJLTA, John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary, Pat Tumulty, executive director NJLA.

Afternoon workshops covered the Future of Libraries; Roles & Responsibilities of Trustees; how to select a library director; and getting the SWAT Team to help transform your library.  Following the workshops, Michael Cerone, Jr., Esq., presented an overview on state law for library boards and county library commissioners.

The Institute was hosted by the NJ State Library, the NJ Library Trustee Association and  the NJ Library Association.

See all the pictures on the State Library Flickr site.

2014 Trustee Institute Presentations

Beyond Library Law by Michael Cerone

Everylibrary: Building Voter Support for Library by John Chrastka

Building a Social Library by Johannes Neuer

Roles & Responsibilities of the Library Trustee by Margaret Shapiro

The Right Leader at the Right Time by Leslie & Alan Burger

Transform Your Library the SWAT Team Way

Free Trustee Academy Webinar Series by ALA’s United for Libraries

The Trustee Academy Webinar Series by ALA’s United for Libraries will be available July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Sign up now!

The Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. The New Jersey State Library, along with the New Jersey Library Trustee Association has contracted for 100 site licenses (one per library) that provide the Trustees and library director with one year of access (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) to the Trustee Academy. All of the online courses are taught by a professional in the field.

The list of available webinars:

  • Trustee Basics, I and II
  • Working Effectively with the Library Director
  • The Library’s Budget
  • Advocating for Your Library
  • Evaluating the Library Director
  • New Jersey Per Capita State Aid
  • New Jersey: The Law and Libraries

The Trustee Academy will count toward a trustee’s required continuing education training per annum.

To register, please email or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 to request a username and password for your library.

Two archived webinars are still available on the NJSL website:

For additional questions contact Michele Stricker, Associate Director, Library Support Services, New Jersey State Library,

Library Trustee Online Resources & Reference Center

(Some handouts are PowerPoint presentations and require PowerPoint or the free PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft to view.

The NJ State Library would like to thank our Trustee Institute presenters for allowing these handouts to be posted.

For questions concerning Trustee issues contact Michele Stricker, Associate Director, Library Support Services, New Jersey State Library at 609-278-2640 Ext. 164, or email