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Victoria Rosch, Michele Stricker,Ethan Aranoff, Fenton1Library Trustee 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.

CCL Commissioner Dennis Cook,Freeholder Director Joe Derella, Freeholder Tony Surace and State LibrarianMary Chute

Trustee Manual for New Jersey Public Libraries

ALA United for LibrariesTrustee Institute photo 2009 banner

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.

2016 Trustee Institute Presentations

Laws Library Trustees Need to Know by Michael Cerone

Roles and Responsibilities of the Library Trustee by Patricia Pavlak

Hiring and Evaluating Library Directors by Rick Vander Wende

Growing the Library Everyday: Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Foundations + More by Leslie Burger

Growing the Library Everyday Handout by Leslie Burger

Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries by Maureen Sullivan

People, Place, and Platform by Maureen Sullivan

Strategies for Success by Maureen Sullivan

Action Steps for Library Boards of Trustees by Maureen Sullivan

Action Steps for Library Boards of Trustees Worksheet by Maureen Sullivan

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

Short Takes for Trustees

Beginning July 1, 2017, and continuing through June 30, 2018, New Jersey libraries and Trustees now have access to Short Takes for Trustees. Access to the Short Takes for Trustees ends June 30, 3018. Access is brought to you by the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Trustee Association. 

Short Takes is now available to all libraries Trustees in New Jersey through a partnership with the New Jersey State Library. Please contact United for Libraries at united@ala.org or 312-280-2161 for the login information.

Short Takes for Trustees is a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.

The courses are: What It Means to Be a Trustee; Board Meetings; Board Ethics; Library Advocacy; Library Policies; Strategic Planning; Working with Friends; Evaluating the Library Director; Board Self Evaluation, and Succession Planning and New Board Orientation.

Short Takes is now available to all libraries Trustees in New Jersey through a partnership with the New Jersey State Library. Please contact United for Libraries at united@ala.org or 312-280-2161 for the login information.

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

Beginning July 1, 2017, and continuing through June 30, 2018, New Jersey libraries and Trustees now have access to the Trustee Academy. Access to the Trustee Academy ends June 30, 3018. Access is brought to you by the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Trustee Association. 

If you have any questions about the courses or registration please call the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 between 9:30 and 5:00 EST or e-mail united@ala.org. E-mails are also monitored evenings and weekends to ensure a quick response.

The Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. All of the online courses are taught by a professional in the field.

Courses include:

  • Trustee Competencies
  • Working Effectively with the Library Director
  • The Library’s Budget for Trustees
  • Standing Up for Intellectual Freedom
  • Everyday Advocacy – Why the Library Matters

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

If you have any questions about the courses or registration please call the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 between 9:30 and 5:00 EST or e-mail united@ala.org. E-mails are also monitored evenings and weekends to ensure a quick response.

Two archived webinars are still available on the NJSL website:

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, Deputy State Librarian, Lifelong Learning, New Jersey State Library at 609-278-2640 Ext. 164, or email mstricker@njstatelib.org

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