Nebraska Trustee Academy Courses

Nebraska Library Commisson logoWelcome to the Trustee Academy 2.0 with new and updated courses. This page is for Nebraska library Trustees as part of a statewide purchase of Trustee Academy courses facilitated by the Nebraska Library Commission. If you are a Nebraska library Trustee or library staff member, you are in the right place. If you are not associated with a Nebraska library, please visit the Trustee Academy main page for more information. 

You will need the username and password provided by the Nebraska Library Commission to access the Trustee Academy courses. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail

Login Issues & Problems

If you are experiencing any problems logging in, please contact the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 during normal business hours or email after business hours. If you do not have a login, please email to obtain a login. See below for login instructions and tips if you experience any problems.

NEW Trustee Academy Courses

Kevin TomlinsonTrustee Competencies covers the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attributes of a successful public library Trustee. The course is led by Kevin Tomlinson, area field consultant with the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Kevin has served as reference librarian, branch head, department head, and library administrator in large and small public libraries. Kevin earned his MLS from Indiana University. He currently serves on the board of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Deidre BrennanWorking Effectively with the Library Director covers the role of the Board, the role of the library director, and how to communicate effectively with each other. Learn about strategic planning, board meetings, an emergency communication plan, and how to create a sustainable and effective working relationship. This course is led by Deirdre Brennan, Executive Director, of Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).

Marcellus TurnerThe Library's Budget for Trustees covers understanding where funding comes from, working with the director to develop the budget, ensuring the budget is in alignment with goals, making the case for the budget to funders, making effective budget presentations, and monitoring the budget at monthly meetings. This course is led by Marcellus Turner, City Librarian, The Seattle Public Library.

James LaRueStanding Up for Intellectual Freedom covers intellectual freedom, the core value of librarianship, the difference between a challenge and a ban, library policy and the process of reconsideration, the purpose of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation, and resources and services offered by the Office for Intellectual Freedom. This course is led by James (Jamie) LaRue, Director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Libby Post

Everyday Advocacy – Why the Library Matters! covers getting to know your funders and letting them know what the library is doing and importantly – why it matters. Learn how to be a powerful voice at budget time to ensure your library receives the funding it needs. This course is led by Libby Post, Strategist-in-Chief and President of Communication Services.



Login Tips

  • Please look in the top right corner of this screen now. If it says "Login" then you may proceed with the steps below. If it says, "Logout" then please first logout of the ALA website and return to this screen. You cannot be logged into your personal or group member website access and the Trustee Academy at the same time.
  • If the upper right corner of the screen says, "Logout" and you are currently logged in with a different login (personal or group member login), please first click "Logout" and close your browser completely to complete the logout process. You cannot be logged into your personal or group member website access and the Trustee Academy at the same time. Once you have returned to this page in a new browser window you can click "Login" and enter the login/username and password provided to you.

  • Logging in before you click on the links below will ensure a smoother process when accessing courses. If you click on the links below before you login you will receive an error message.

  • If you do not know the login and password, please e-mail to request the login. Provide the name of your library and request the login to the Trustee Academy. 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.

  • If you are an ALA member or United for Libraries group member and wish to access other member benefits you will need to first "logout" in the upper right of any screen and then login again using your personal or group member login. The Trustee Academy login provides access only to Trustee Academy courses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail