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Trustee Duties and Responsibilities

From the Handbook for Library Trustees

To act for someone else's benefit with special responsibilities for the administration, investment of assets that belong to someone else. -- New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law

  • A trustee is a person to whom property is legally committed in trust. A library trustee's commitment is to both the physical property and resources of the library and to the services it provides. The library board has the final responsibility to see that its library provides the best possible service to its community. In the words of New York's Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, Directors and officers shall discharge the duties of their respective positions in good faith and with that degree of diligence, care and skill which ordinarily prudent men would exercise under similar circumstances in like positions.

  • The duties of trustees are broad in scope. They are: continue reading

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