Trustee Training for New Jersey Libraries

This page is for New Jersey Trustees, library directors, and library staff as part of a statewide purchase facilitated by the New Jersey State Library and New Jersey Library Trustees Association. If you are not associated with a New Jersey library, please visit the Trustee Academy main page for more information.

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  • Access to the Trustee Academy and Short Takes for Trustees is linked to the login provided by the New Jersey State Library or New Jersey Library Trustees Association. If you have a personal ALA website login and would like to access the Trustee Academy and Short Takes for Trustees using your personal ALA webiste login, please email united@ala.org and provide your full name, ALA ID (if known), and the name of your library. Follow the login links below, and when prompted, enter the login/password.
  • If you do not know the login and password, please e-mail united@ala.org to request the login. Email must originate from an email address associated with the library, or the library director must be copied on the email (to verify the request is associated with a New Jersey library). Provide the name of your library and request the New Jersey login. E-mails are monitored evenings and weekends and you will receive a reply quickly. If during business hours you may call our office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161. The login may also be obtained by contacting the New Jersey State Library or New Jersey Library Trustees Association.

Accesing Courses Through ALA Connect

ALA Connect is an online space where members and non-members interact in communities of interest, and where members connect for committee work. A private community called “New Jersey Trustee Training from United for Libraries” provides access to Short Takes for Trustees and Trustee Academy, and also provides the opportunity for users to start conversations, ask questions, and interact about the courses. To access Short Takes for Trustees and/or Trustee Academy from ALA Connect:

  • If you have an ALA website login, please email united@ala.org or call 312-280-2161 and request to be added to the private community in ALA Connect specifically for New Jersey Trustee training. Once added, login to ALA Connect and click on “My Communities” in the left hand navigation of ALA Connect.

  • If you do not have an ALA website login, please visit http://connect.ala.org/ and click “Join” in the upper right corner of the screen. Create an ALA website login/password, and then email united@ala.org or call 312-280-2161 to be added to the private community in ALA Connect specifically for New Jersey Trustee training. Once added, login to ALA Connect and click on “My Communities” in the left hand navigation of ALA Connect.


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Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes for Trustees is a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.

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The United for Libraries Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. The online courses are taught by a professional in the field. Courses include:

  • Trustee Competencies
  • Working Effectively with the Library Director
  • The Library's Budget for Trustees
  • Standing Up for Intellectual Freedom
  • Everyday Advocacy - Why the Library Matters!

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