Library Trustees

New Jersey State Library Trustee Institute

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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.

New Jersey Public Libraries: A Manual for Trustees

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.

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.

Register Now! The next Trustee Institute will be held on September 13, 2014, at the Sheraton Eatontown.

The New Jersey State Library, and its partners New Jersey Library Trustee Association (NJLTA) and New Jersey Library Association (NJLA), are committed to providing the highest quality of trustee education available. The Trustee Institute, held every two years, is part of our goal to train trustees to be knowledgeable about their responsibilities and to help them understand core competencies to improve their skills as trustees and therefore better advocate for their library. The last Trustee Institute held June 2, 2012, was attended by over 200 library trustees.

Registration is now open.

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

Free Online Trustee Training for Continuing Education

The New Jersey State Library will once again be offering FREE online trustee training through the Trustee Academy.  The Trustee Academy features a series of free online webinars for trustees developed by United for Libraries, the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations, a division of the American Library Association.  Last year, 193 New Jersey library trustees completed a total of 320 online classes over the year.  New Jersey had the highest participation of any state that licensed the webinars through United for Libraries. Topics include: Trustees Basics I & II; Working Effectively with the Library Director; the Librarys Budget; Advocating for Your Library; Evaluating the Library Director; and two specific classes for New Jersey trustees on Per Capita State Aid and New Jersey Library Law.

To register for a free site license on a first-come, first served basis, please contact Beth Nawalinski, Director of Marketing & Communications, United for Libraries, 800-545-2433 Ext. 2161,

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

The Trustee Academy is a series of free online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. The New Jersey State Library has paid for 100 new site licenses through 7/31/14 that provide the Trustees, staff, and library director with one year of access to the Trustee Academy. All 100 libraries that received licenses in the first year will continue to have access through 7/31/14.

Please see the attached flyer.

Trustee Academy Online Courses:

  • Trustee Basics Part l & II
  • Working Effectively with the Library Director
  • The Librarys Budget
  • Advocating for Your Library
  • Evaluating the Library Director – NEW
  • New Jersey Per Capita State Aid with NJ State Library Data Coordinator Bob Keith
  • New Jersey Library Law with NJ Associate State Librarian Victoria Rosch

To view New Jersey’s Trustee Academy page see:

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