Trustee Academy Course Information

Trustee AcademyIf you have already registered for the Trustee Academy please click here to access courses.

NOTE: If you are trying to access the Trustee Academy through a joint-partnership with your state library, please select the appropriate state link to proceed: Arkansas, DelawareMarylandNebraska, NevadaNorth DakotaSouth Dakota, or Texas.

Trustee Academy

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.

All of the online courses are taught by a professional in the field and are priced both a la carte so individual attendees can pick and choose what courses are important to them, and as a full curriculum that reflects discounted pricing per course. In addition, a board of Trustees can sign up for further discounts.

Trustee Academy Pricing

Cost per course for a la carte selection:

  • $30 per person for United for Libraries individual and group members.
  • $40 per person for non-members.
  • $100 per board for United for Libraries individual and group members.
  • $125 per board for non-members. 

Cost for the series of seven courses:

  • $115 per person for United for Libraries individual and group members.
  • $150 per person for non-members.
  • $225 per board for United for Libraries individual and group members.
  • $300 per board for non-members.

Course Format

All courses are recorded webcasts that allow Trustees the opportunity to complete each course at any time of day or night. United for Libraries knows Trustees are volunteers too, and the recorded format offers the most flexibility. Each course runs approximately 40 to 50 minutes.

How to Register

Courses will be available to you for six months following your registration. To register online you will need an ALA login regardless of whether you are an ALA member. Registration is open and ongoing, and available as follows:

  • Register for a single course as an individual or full board.

  • Register for more than one course, but not the entire series, as an individual or full board. For this option, you will need to register for each course separately online or fill out the paper registration form and mail with payment or fax with a credit card. Follow the registration link and select the specific course title for which you want to register. If you register for one or more courses but not the full series, you may later upgrade to the full series.

  • Register for the full series of six courses. This option offers the best pricing and discount. Follow this registration link and select "United for Libraries Trustee Academy: Series Webcast Purchase." Registration for individual courses or the full series is available for individual or as a full Board of Trustees. If registering a full board, one contact person will register on behalf of the board.

Trustee Academy Courses

Kevin TomlinsonNEW! Trustee 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.

Lynn StainbrookTrustee Basics, Part I covers the role of the Trustee in the community, who speaks for the Trustees, governing vs. advisory boards, holding effective board meetings (getting consensus, open meeting laws, parliamentary procedure, etc.), and board self-assessment. This course is led by Lynn Stainbrook, director of the Brown County Library in Green Bay, Wis.

Trustee Basics, Part II covers understanding and setting policy, understanding and supporting intellectual freedom and patron privacy, meeting state standards, Trustee liability and fiduciary responsibilities, considering D&O insurance, and Trustee ethics. This course is also be led by Stainbrook.


Sally Gardner ReedWorking Effectively with the Library Director covers understanding and respecting the different roles, evaluating a library director’s performance, and hiring a new library director. This course is led by Sally Gardner Reed, executive director of United for Libraries.

Christine HageThe Library's Budget covers learning and understanding how your library is funded, understanding how spending decisions are made and who is authorized to make them, understanding the library’s financial reports, making powerful budget presentations, and developing auxiliary funding sources. This course is led by Christine Lind Hage, Public Library Association (PLA) past president and director of the Rochester Hills Public Library in the greater Detroit area.




Carol Brey-CasianoAdvocating for Your Library covers sowing the ground with excellent public awareness and great service, how to design an advocacy campaign, collaborating with stakeholders such as Friends and patrons, and implementing the campaign. This course is led by Carol Brey-Casiano, Information Resource Officer for the U.S. State Department and ALA past president. 





Sarah Long PhotographEvaluating the Library Director covers understanding the importance of an annual evaluation of the library director, planning to evaluate, methods of evaluation, tools and other approaches, additional considerations, and avoiding common problems. After taking this course you will feel empowered to take control of the director evaluation process and tailor it to your library situation. This course is led by Sarah Ann Long, Professor of Practice and Coordinator of Continuing and Professional Education at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, Ill.




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