Trustee Handbook Book Club

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Join co-authors of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State Jerry Nichols and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich for this fun and informative series! Each month trustees are encouraged to read a chapter of the Trustee Handbook and send in questions that the authors will address at live events later this year.

Trustees from all public library systems in New York State are welcome. Library Directors from across the state are welcome to attend as well.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 5:00-6:30pm: Duties & Responsibilities  |  Register Here

Before the event:
1) Read the chapter: Duties & Responsibilities
2) Thoughts to consider before the program:

  • What is your purpose as a Library Trustee?
  • What do you believe is the mission of your Library in the community?
  • Have you received a thorough orientation about the Library, it’s services and how it functions?
  • How can the Board be most effective as the public body entrusted with the future of the community’s library?

3) Submit your questions here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 5:00-6:30pm: Library Board Meetings  |  Register Here

Before the event:
1) Read the chapter: Library Board Meetings
2) Thoughts to consider before the program:

  • Are your meetings well organized with a standard agenda and materials distributed well in advance?
  • Do all Board members regularly attend and are well prepared?
  • Are you familiar with and faithfully follow the Open Meetings Law?
  • Do you review and approve all bills and personnel actions?
  • Are you fully apprised of all library activities from the various departments?

3) Submit your questions here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 5:00-6:30pm: Personnel  |  Register Here

Before the event:
1) Read the chapter: Personnel
2) Thoughts to consider before the program:

  • Do you abide by the Best Practices rubric: “Director selects; Board appoints”?
  • Do you approve all personnel actions (even retroactively), including salary increases, promotions and terminations?
  • If applicable, do you understand your responsibilities under NYS Civil Service Law?
  • Does your Board treat the director as the CEO and avoid micromanagement?
  • Do you provide sufficient compensation to attract quality staff and a competent library director?
  • Do you avoid all appearances of nepotism in the hiring and promotional process?

3) Submit your questions here.

The live events will include a brief introduction to the chapter topic, tackle questions sent in advance by attendees, as well as address questions that come in live during the event.

Co-Moderators for the series:

  • Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director, Southern Tier Library System
  • Ron Kirsop, Executive Director, Pioneer Library System.

Submit Your Questions Here

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