Virginia Trustee Academy

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

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

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 after business hours.

Trustee Academy Courses for Virginia 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 Virginia State Library. If you do not have a login, please email to obtain 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.

Sally Gardner Reed

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.

Tips for Logging In

To log in, you will need the login and password you received from the Virginia State Library. If you have any problems logging in or need the username/password, please email Beth Nawalinski at 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 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.