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Orientation of New Trustees

From the Handbook for Library Trustees

  • A successful trustee begins with a thorough understanding of libraries and the laws that govern them. A formal orientation with the library director and the Board President is the best way to learn about your organization. This orientation should include a discussion of the library's mission and goals, its role in the community and a review of the critical issues facing the organization. A good orientation will provide trustees with the information they need to carry out their responsibilities effectively and will generate a spirit of ongoing curiosity about the library and its role in the community.
  • Responsibility for planning and conducting the new trustee orientation is shared among the Board President, other board members and the library director. read more

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