New Jersey Trustee Academy

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

You will need the username and password provided to you to access the Trustee Academy courses. If you have technical questions, please contact Beth Nawalinski by e-mail bnawalinski@ala.org or by phone at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

If you have questions about this special New Jersey State Library program, please contact Michele Stricker, Associate Director, Library Development Bureau, New Jersey State Library by e-mail at mstricker@njstatelib.org or by phone at (609) 278-2640, ext. 164.

Login Issues & Problems

If you are experiencing any problems logging in, please contact the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 during normal business hours or email bnawalinski@ala.org after business hours. You can also see our login tips for step-by-step login instructions.

To Register for the New Jersey Trustee Academy

All 100 licenses have been distributed. If you would like to sign up on a waiting list, please e-mail bnawalinski@ala.org. Any library not utilizing the free license at the six month follow-up will release that license to be used by a library on the waiting list.

Trustee Academy Courses for New Jersey 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 United for Libraries. 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.

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 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 will be 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, 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.



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 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.



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, IL.



The following two courses are specific to New Jersey libraries:

Bob KeithNew Jersey Per Capita State Aid covers per capita state aid in New Jersey including eligibility for state aid, compliance with laws and regulations, calculation of state aid, use of state funds, timeline and application process. This course is led by New Jersey State Library Data Coordinator Bob Keith.



Victoria RoschNew Jersey: The Law and Libraries covers audits, insurance, personnel, board vacancies, quorium, powers of the board, roles and responsibilities, committees and officers, purchasing, open meetings law, funding, and more. This course is led by Victoria Rosch, Associate State Librarian of the New Jersey State Library.



Tips for Logging In

To log in, you will need the login and password you received from the United for Libraries. If you have any problems logging in or need the username/password, please email Beth Nawalinski at bnawalinski@ala.org. E-mails are checked evenings and weekends for quick response time. A few notes and tips to help you log in smoothly:

  • Please look in the top right corner of this screen now. If it says "Login" then click that link and when prompted enter the login and password provided to you. You will be redirected to this page and can then click on any of the course titles. Alternatively you can click on the course titles in the body of this page above and you will be prompted to login.
  • If the upper right corner of the screen says, "Logout" and you are currently logged in with a different login (personal or group member login), please first click "Logout" and close your browser completely to complete the logout process. You cannot be logged into your personal or group member website access and the Trustee Academy at the same time. Once you have returned to this page in a new browser window you can click "Login" and enter the login/username and password provided to you.
  • If you do not know the login and password, please e-mail bnawalinski@ala.org to request the login. Provide the name of your library and request the login to the Trustee Academy. E-mails are monitored evenings and weekends and you will receive a reply quickly. If during business hours you may call our office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.
  • Once you have logged in to view a course you can access additional courses without logging in again during the same visit to this website. If you are an ALA member or United for Libraries group member and wish to access other member benefits you will need to first "logout" in the upper right of any screen and then login again using your personal or group member login. The Trustee Academy login provides access only to Trustee Academy courses.