Become a Library Trustee

Library trustees are powerful advocates for libraries.  Through the coordination, hard work, and determination of trustees, new libraries have been built, budgets have been restored and increased, and new respect has been generated for the powerful role libraries play in communities and on campuses. As part of a trustee board, trustees serve on a volunteer basis, can be elected or appointed to a library board for a period of time, and are tasked with the duty of helping to direct the funds and policies of an institution. In general, the library board of trustees has a role in determining the mission of the library, setting the policy that governs the library, hiring and evaluating a library director, and overseeing the general management of the library. This role varies with every library system. For specifics on the role your board of trustee has, contact your local library.

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Ideas for Established Trustees

United for Libraries Trustee Tip Sheets: Be sure to get informed about the duties and responsibilities of your role. It’s not uncommon for the role of the Friends and public library Trustees to become confused. What is a Trustee’s role? What authority and responsibilities do Friends have? If these groups are unsure of their respective authorities, conflict can arise.

Register for the Trustee Academy. The Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of libraries. All courses are taught by a professional in the field and priced a la carte, so attendees can choose individual courses that are important to them, or a full curriculum (with discounted pricing).

Get informed about sample policies for Trustees. The United for Libraries website has many sample policies for your perusal, including policies on Ethics, Conflict of Interest, and Sponsorship Policy and Procedures.

Join the United for Libraries e-list! ( ALA's United for Libraries division offers an electronic discussion list for trustees to discuss issues pertinent their trusteeship, plus legislative and media information.

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