Trustee Resources for Program & Material Challenges

Free Resources

Tip Sheets

Sample Policies

Other

On-Demand Webinars

Advocacy for Your Library During a Crisis

How can you work with your local elected officials on library advocacy during this time of COVID-19, and beyond? Learn how to approach advocacy during a time of crisis, and how to craft your messaging for success. A panel of expert speakers will provide guidance. Hear tips for Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and other community-based advocacy groups, as well as library staff. Presented Live: April 15, 2020. Click here to register.

Challenges & Crises: Preparing Your Board of Trustees

What training and preparation does your Board of Trustees need to be prepared for a crisis? Do your policies properly address intellectual freedom issues? How do you handle it when a board member speaks against a board decision? What happens when a board member's values clash with a board decision? Learn how to be proactive in developing a well-prepared board, and what best practices, policies, and procedures need to be developed or revisited. A panel of experts will include a library director and a member of that library's Board of Trustees. Click here to register.

 


Additional Resources FREE to ALA Members

Tip Sheets

  • Twelve Golden Rules for Board Members
  • Protecting Your Library's Collection
  • Governing (Independent) Library Boards vs. Advisory Library Boards: Which are Better?

 


Additional Resources FREE to United for Libraries Members

Tip Sheets

  • Twelve Golden Rules for Board Members
  • Protecting Your Library's Collection
  • Governing (Independent) Library Boards vs. Advisory Library Boards: Which are Better?

Peer Networking

Connect with other Trustees and board members in the Trustee Interest Group in ALA Connect.

Live Training

December Learning Live
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
2:00 pm Eastern
According to a recent article in American Libraries (A Conflict of Values, Nov. 1), “Public libraries are facing a wave of trustee candidates whose goals challenge intellectual freedom, community service, and other core values of librarianship.” How can you protect your library and board from finding itself in a position where a board member’s ideologies oppose core library tenets? This session will focus on preparedness strategies, community building, and how to create strong policies that address programming, budgeting, and services. Click here to register.

 


Additional Resources FREE to Statewide All Access Partners

Tip Sheets

  • Twelve Golden Rules for Board Members
  • Protecting Your Library's Collection
  • Governing (Independent) Library Boards vs. Advisory Library Boards: Which are Better?

Live Training

December Learning Live
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
2:00 pm Eastern
According to a recent article in American Libraries (A Conflict of Values, Nov. 1), “Public libraries are facing a wave of trustee candidates whose goals challenge intellectual freedom, community service, and other core values of librarianship.” How can you protect your library and board from finding itself in a position where a board member’s ideologies oppose core library tenets? This session will focus on preparedness strategies, community building, and how to create strong policies that address programming, budgeting, and services. Click here to register.

On-Demand Webinars/Training

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: What Library Trustees Need to Know

Trustee Competencies

Short Takes for Trustees


Additional Resources FREE to Statewide Group Members

Tip Sheets

  • Twelve Golden Rules for Board Members
  • Protecting Your Library's Collection
  • Governing (Independent) Library Boards vs. Advisory Library Boards: Which are Better?

Peer Networking

Connect with other Trustees and board members in the Trustee Interest Group in ALA Connect.

Live Training

December Learning Live
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
2:00 pm Eastern
According to a recent article in American Libraries (A Conflict of Values, Nov. 1), “Public libraries are facing a wave of trustee candidates whose goals challenge intellectual freedom, community service, and other core values of librarianship.” How can you protect your library and board from finding itself in a position where a board member’s ideologies oppose core library tenets? This session will focus on preparedness strategies, community building, and how to create strong policies that address programming, budgeting, and services. Click here to register.

On-Demand Webinars/Training

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: What Library Trustees Need to Know

Trustee Competencies

Short Takes for Trustees