Trustee Training for New Jersey Libraries

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

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  • If you know your Board of Trustees login, please click one of the "Login Now" buttons below to be taken directly to that resource.
  • If you need a login, please complete the login request form.
  • If you have a personal ALA membership and would like to access the Trustee Academy and Short Takes for Trustees using your personal ALA membership login, please email and provide your full name, ALA member ID (if known), and the name of your library.

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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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BONUS Webcast: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: What Library Trustees Need to Know

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) impacts all communities and all aspects of librarianship. Library Boards of Trustees have an important role in supporting EDI and related initiatives. This workshop will help trustees and library directors understand how to incorporate EDI into policy development, strategic planning, funding initiatives, board development, and more. Anne will present a variety of interactive scenarios in which EDI issues are a factor, with time for Q&A and discussion. In this event, Anne Phibbs, PhD, Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, will give a basic introduction to EDI and discuss what library trustees and boards need to know about EDI.

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BONUS Webcast: Merging Your Library Friends Group and Foundation

In the library world today, there is a huge need for support organizations – Friends and Foundations – but often the lines between these two groups are blurred and their work counter-productive. In this webinar, presenters Peter Pearson and Sue Hall discuss the difference in the roles of Friends and foundations and identify areas where there can be conflict – and present strategies for minimizing conflict. They also address the question, “When is it time for the two organizations to merge?” and share solutions for engaging in a merger process that minimizes pain and maximizes potential. Pearson and Hall also talk about national challenges and trends for Friends and foundations.

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BONUS Webcast: Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival

Troubled library boards are increasingly common. Serving on a troubled board is stressful, and it can take the focus away from a board’s primary mission. What essential practices can prevent or minimize board problems? When a board does become dysfunctional, how can those involved survive and create change? This recorded webinar is led by Sally Gardner Reed, former executive director of United for Libraries; Trustee Jo Beckwith of Illinois, and Stephen Bero; director of the Algonquin (Ill.) Public Library.

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