Original South Carolina Trustee Academy Courses Now Retired

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The Trustee Academy course links below will be active through May 31, 2017, to allow access to the previous, now retired, Trustee Academy courses. To view the newly updated courses, please visit the South Carolina Trustee Academy homepage.

To log in, you will need the login and password provided by the South Carolina State Library. Logging in before you click on the links below will ensure a smoother process when accessing courses. If you click on the links below before you login you will receive an error message. 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.


Short Takes logoShort Takes for Trustees

Short Takes for Trustees is a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory. The courses are: What It Means to Be a Trustee; Board Meetings; Board Ethics; Library Advocacy; Library Policies; Strategic Planning; Working with Friends; Evaluating the Library Director; Board Self Evaluation, and Succession Planning and New Board Orientation. Access Short Takes for Trustees.


Retired Trustee Academy Courses for South Carolina 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 South Carolina State Library. If you do not have a login, please email bnawalinski@ala.org to obtain 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 Your 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. 

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.