Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes logoWelcome to Short Takes for Trustees, 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.

NOTE: If you are trying to access Short Takes for Trustees through a joint-partnership with your state library, please register here.


Registration and access is available through ALA's new eLearning site. Upon purchase you will receive one signup code along with instructions for obtaining signup codes for the rest of the included board members.


Registration price includes one-year access for the library director and all members of the library's Board of Trustees.

  • Non-Member: $199.00
  • ALA Member: $179.10
  • United for Libraries Personal Member: $129.35
  • United for Libraries Board of Trustees Group Member: $96.85 (please email for the coupon code to receive this price).