United for Libraries to present ‘Keeping Governance on Track’ webinars March 29 and 31

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/01/2022


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries


EXTON, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries will present a free two-part webinar series, “Keeping Governance on Track,” March 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern and March 31 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Increasingly, library board meetings are facing disruptions, often making it difficult to conduct necessary board business. With the rise in challenges to library materials, programs, and access, boards are often affected internally (conflict/dissent among board members) and externally (public comment and disruptions from meeting observers). During this two-part series, parliamentarian Nancy Sylvester will share actions, training, and preparation that boards and library directors can take now to be ready for problems and issues, and tips and best practices for handling problems in board meetings. Register

Part 1 on March 29 will focus on “Steps to Be Prepared & How to Handle Problems.” Participants will learn what actions and preparation boards and library directors can take now to be ready for issues that may arise (including meeting disruptions by non-board members, a board member overstepping boundaries or pushing their personal agenda, etc.). The session will also address best practices for library boards when there’s a conflict of personal values vs. library values.

Part 2 on March 31 will be a “Mock Board Meeting,” with an enactment of a library board meeting and Sylvester providing “in-the-moment” tips to handle misbehavior, conflict, disruptions, etc.

These webinars are presented by the United for Libraries Intellectual Freedom Task Force, and are free thanks to a bequest from the late Jack Neal. Both sessions will be recorded and available on-demand. To register, visit www.ala.org/united/training/webinars/governance.

Additional resources for library Trustees and relating to library boards can be found at “Trustee Resources for Program & Material Challenges,” including Terms and Definitions Related to Intellectual Freedom & Censorship" and “Materials Challenges: Key Library Policies to Review and Revise”. 

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.