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.

If you have already registered for Short Takes for Trustees, please click here to access the videos (login required).

If you are accessing Short Takes for Trustees as part of statewide access paid for by your state library, please select the appropriate link to register: Alabama, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin (South Central Library System).

Maryland, Short Takes Pricing

  • United for Libraries members - $79
  • Non-members - $99


Short Takes for Trustees courses are in video format through Adobe Connect. Access is available at any time day or night. Videos range between 8-10 minutes.

How to Register

Call United for Libraries at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 or email