Organizational Tools for Trustees

United for Libraries has provided a variety of organizational tools to help your Board of Trustees be more effective. If you have ideas for resources to be added here, please email united@ala.org.

NEW - Looking for a sample library director evaluation? Check out these examples shared with permission:

The Understanding Roles: The Separate But Complementary Roles of Friends, Trustees, and Library Directors (PDF, 58 kb) will help you define the roles of the Friends, Trustees, and library staff in working together to support the library. United for Libraries members also have access to an annotated version of this resource, available in the Trustee Zone and the Friends & Foundations Zone with a username and password. If you are a member of United for Libraries and need a login, please email united@ala.org. Once logged in, look for Toolkit 5: Model Friends Cooperative Network.

The sample policies are a good starting point for your board to discuss the issues and concerns particular to your library and community. United for Libraries members are invited to share their policies for posting as well.

The Public Library Trustee Ethics Statement is an offical statement approved by United for Libraries.

The worksheet "Know Your Community Governing Official" will help Trustees prepare for meetings with their representatives.