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Library Trustee Manual

A guide for Idaho Library Trustees to help understand their role and responsibilities.

A Guide for Public Library Trustees

Welcome Thank you for your willingness to serve as a trustee on your local public library board. Both of my...

Board Service

Basic Responsibilities The library board is legally responsible for overseeing the efficient and effective operation of the public library. Board...

New Trustees

Orientation The library board welcomes the new members of the board by providing the information necessary to feel comfortable with...

Trustee Appointments, Elections Vacancies

Appointments & Elections Upon the election or appointment of new board members, the board’s chair or secretary should notify the...

Conduct and Meeting Guidelines

Annual Cycle of City Library Events The board sets the date of its annual meeting. October 1 Fiscal Year Begins...

Planning for the Future

The Trustee and Library Planning Change is a constant. All institutions will either change over time or cease to be...

Working Relationship with Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library organizations have a definite purpose in helping libraries provide the best service possible. Friends groups extend...

Personnel

Hiring a Library Director The selection of a competent library director can be the most important single act undertaken by...

Finance

Communities like to think of the public library as the “free library,” but no library is free. The money needed...

Policy

Policy Development One of the most important responsibilities of the library board is to establish the policies of the library....

Community

Community & Public Relations The public library board is a major conduit of information between the library and its community....

Annual Statistical Report

Each year, public library boards are required to make a report of operations for the last fiscal year. Although the...
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