This page is for Oregon Trustees, library directors, and library staff as part of a statewide purchase facilitated by the State Library of Oregon. If you are not associated with a Oregon library, please visit the Trustee Training main page for more information.
How to Login
- If you know your Board of Trustees login or have been given a personal website 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your full name, ALA member ID (if known), and the name of your library.
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.
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!
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.