Helping All Trustees Succeed


Trustees and member library directors are invited to help Shape Public Library Trustee Education in New York State! A big part of what makes New York’s libraries strong are the citizen boards that govern them. Neighbors helping neighbors. However, with increasing regulations, the tax cap and rapid changes in our society related to technology, economics, education and the environment – public library trustees have never had more to contend with.

A statewide team of public library system staff has been formed to develop a consistent trustee education framework to facilitate knowledge creation amongst public library trustees in New York. The team, Helping All Trustees Succeed in New York State (HATS), is working through New York State Library’s ILEAD USA program.

The team has developed a survey to collect input from stakeholders from around New York State. The goal of this survey is to gain a general understanding of trustees’ confidence level in board related topics, preferences in receiving information, and limitations in the area of trustee education. Input will help shape the next step in this project; please answer as honestly as possible. All responses are anonymous.

Action: Trustees and Directors are invited to fill out the survey found at

Deadline: Monday, June 15th