Working Effectively with the Library Director

Getting Started

Trustee Academy logoMaryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and ServicesThe Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services has purchased access to this course for your Trustees and library director through May 2015. This course is presented via pre-recorded webcast. You may watch and listen at your convenience. You will need a computer with speakers or you may use headphone or a headset plugged into your computer. Please check the volume on your audio output and be sure it is not currently muted.

About This Course

Sally Gardner ReedThis course 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. 

Course Materials

To enhance your learning experience we have provided a quiz and links to additional resources. Please also take time to complete the survey to give us your feedback on this course as well as ideas for future courses.

  • Webcast  - This webcast is 55 minutes. When prompted, please enter your personal email address, first and last name, library name, and state as verification that you viewed the webcast. This information will be used to verify your request for a certificate of completion (see below) and for reports to the state library. TIP: If you leave the webcast and wish to finish later, make note of the number/title of the slide you last viewed. When you return, double-click on that slide number/title in the left hand column (when viewing the webcast) and you can skip ahead to that point.
  • Handouts -  print a copy of the PowerPoint slides to use when taking notes.
  • Quiz & Discussion Questions -  This optional resource will help you review the information covered in this course. For Boards of Trustees who complete this course, the quiz can be done on an individual or group basis.
  • Additional Resources - a list of links and resources referenced in this webcast as well as links to supporting United for Libraries resources.
  • Survey - Please complete this survey to share your feedback about this course as well as ideas for future courses.


A certificate of completion is available for this course. Certificates are created and emailed on Fridays. Simply complete the online form with your contact information. Check the box to certify you have completed this course. Be sure to spell your name and the name of your library correctly as the information to complete your certificate will be pulled directly from the form. Your certificate will be e-mailed to you in a PDF format for you to print

Accessing Other Trustee Academy Courses

You also have access to the other courses in the series. Use the links in the left hand navigation or return to the Maryland Trustee Academy landing page and then follow the links to access the courses. You do not need to logout.

Additional Assistance

If you are experiencing any difficulty or have questions, please contact Beth Nawalinski at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.