August 7-11, 2017, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) hosted four Trustee Connections workshops for public library directors and trustees at sites in Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls, Rexburg, and Middleton. (Thanks to the respective libraries that provided meeting space for the events.). There were 125 participants among the four locations, representing more than 50 district and city libraries.
The event focused on leadership development, community-building tactics, and strategic planning. Phil Eastman of Leadership Advisors Group, served as facilitator. At each site, the ICfL’s library consultants were available to answer specific questions from the libraries in the region. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the attendees reported gaining a better understanding of the respective roles, responsibilities, and relationships of trustees and directors; an increase in knowledge of community engagement strategies; and, an increase of knowledge of planning tools and processes. Ninety-two percent (92%) of the attendees reported they are likely to apply what they learned which will help improve library services to their communities, which will include items such as strategic planning, supporting the director, and community engagement. To access all the handouts and information presented at the events go to https://libraries.idaho.gov//trustee_connections.