New Trustee Handbook Available

handbook State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis has announced the release of the 2015 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. The new handbook is now available:

Highlights of the new edition:

  • New chapter on Board Development
  • Overhaul of chapters on Technology and Public Relations & Advocacy
  • Explanation of the need for an independent treasurer for public libraries (municipal, school district public libraries and special district public libraries)
  • Clarification about committee meetings and NYS Open Meetings Law
  • Information about the NYS Property Tax Cap
  • Clarification of audits and necessary internal financial controls, including information about OSC audits of public libraries
  • Promotion of competitive salaries and benefits for library personnel and the importance of investing in continuing education for both staff and trustees
  • Emphasis on the importance of thinking sustainably about the library’s future; specific information about sustainable library facilities
  • Links to recorded webinars for Trustees available through the New York State Library’s web site embedded throughout.
  • New items in the Appendix:
    • Working Together: Roles & Responsibilities Guidelines
    • Civil Service 101 for Trustees
    • Updated list of essential policies
    • Updated Public Library Glossary