Original Kansas Trustee Academy Courses Now Retired

Kansas State Library logoTrustee Academy logoThis page is for Kansas library Trustees as part of a statewide purchase of Trustee Academy courses facilitated by the Kansas State Library. If you are a Kansas library Trustee or library staff member, you are in the right place. If you are not associated with a Kansas library, please visit the Trustee Academy main page for more information.

You will need the username and password provided by the Kansas State Library to access the Trustee Academy courses. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail bnawalinski@ala.org.

Retired Trustee Academy Courses for Kansas Libraries & Trustees

When you click on any course title below you will be prompted to login with the username and password provided to you by the Kansas State Library. If you do not have a login, please email bnawalinski@ala.org to obatin a login. See below for login instructions and tips if you experience any problems.

Trustee 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 led by Stainbrook.

Working 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.

The 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, 2014-2015 United for Libraries president, Public Library Association (PLA) past president, and director of the Rochester Hills Public Library in the greater Detroit area.

Advocating 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 ALA past president Carol Brey-Casiano, Information Resource Officer for the U.S. State Department and former director of the El Paso Public Library System.

Evaluating 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, IL.

In Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees, led by United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed, learn tips and strategies for working effectively with your Trustees. Topics include orientation for new Trustees, understanding roles, meetings, emergencies, and effective communication. Originally presented live April 9, 2013.