I haven’t talked about public library board members (or as they are often called, Trustees) lately, and that’s a mistake. Public libraries are nowhere without their boards, and in fact, in most states, the boards hire and supervise the director, so in effect, are the library director’s boss. It’s important that you have dedicated board members, and that you continually keep them well-informed. Here are some tools to help you with that:
- Trustee Essentials (Wisconsin) (most or all other states have similar documents)
- Library Trustee Self-Evaluation (Utah)
- Action List for Trustees (based on a list created by Malcolm Hill of the Mid-York Library System, Utica, NY)
What else do you wish your board members knew?