Library Trustees

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.

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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.

Planning for Innovation in Today’s Libraries

The 11th New Jersey State Library Trustee Institute will be held on October 27, 2018 at the National Conference Center Holiday Inn, 299 Monmouth Street, East Windsor, NJ 08520. Registration is limited to 200 participants. One trustee from each library may attend for free. Additional library trustees/commissioners are welcome to attend at a cost of $95 each. Priority registration will be given to trustees. 

The keynote will be given by Annie Norman, State Librarian of Delaware, and Diana Brown, Community Services Manager of New Castle County. The keynote will discuss the importance of the Master Planning process for library capital projects and how it has facilitated state funding of libraries in Delaware. They will also discuss the benefits of working collaboratively across local government jurisdictions, highlighting Delaware’s newest library, the 43,000 sq. ft. RT9 Library and Innovation Center which was built to provide services and inspire engagement in a community long considered to be underserved.

Other sessions include:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Library Trustee
  • Hiring and Evaluating the Library Director
  • Proven Strategies for Successful Capital Campaigns
  • An Overview of Public Library Space Needs
  • Mental Health First Aid Training in Libraries
  • Trustees Uncensored Discussion

The plenary session on Library and Local Government Law – A Primer and will be given by Michael Cerone, Esq. This presentation will review various aspects of library law including organization, powers, and funding as well as the confidentiality of library records. It will also review Open Public Meetings Act, Local Public Contracts Law, Open Public Records Act, Civil Service, and FMLA.

The registration deadline is October 12, 2018. No refunds will be given after this date! All invoices are submitted directly to your library. Your library will be billed should your trustee register for this event and then not attend. Cancellations are only accepted by email. 

Room accommodations for the evening of October 26, 2018 are limited, and must be made on your own through the Holiday Inn East Windsor for a special rate of $94.00 plus tax. The block code is NJL. Guests can book online, www.hieastwindsor.com, or by calling the front desk: 609-448-7000, ext 0. Rooms must be booked by October, 12, 2018.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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 and the New Jersey Library Trustee Association. Please visit the Trustee Training for New Jersey Libraries page for access 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 and the New Jersey Library Trustee Association. Please visit the Trustee Training for New Jersey Libraries page for access 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. 

The Trustee Academy is now available to all libraries Trustees in New Jersey through a partnership with the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Trustee Association. Please visit the Trustee Training for New Jersey Libraries page for access information. 

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.

The Trustee Academy is now available to all libraries Trustees in New Jersey through a partnership with the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Trustee Association. Please visit the Trustee Training for New Jersey Libraries page for access information. 

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