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Continuing Education for Library Staff and Trustees: Trustees

This comprehensive guide covers the wide range of training topics for anyone affiliated with a public library in Idaho.


This LibGuide is designed to provide continuing education resources for public library directors and their boards, library friends groups, and library foundations.

United for Libraries

United for Libraries

United for Libraries is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. No one has a stronger voice for libraries than those who use them, raise money for them, and govern them. By uniting these voices, library supporters everywhere will become a real force to be reckoned with at the local, state, and national levels.

The website includes a wealth of educational materials on topics that include:

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Happily Ever After - From Interview to Action: Board-Director Relationships That Work!

Board-Director Relationships That Work!

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk pays Montana a virtual visit and shares her expert training for public library boards. The Montana State Library hosted a four-week series of online presentations on Board Development and Library Management.

This series of webinars may be viewed online: 

January 27, 2014 - Board-Director Relationships That Work! – Before beginning a search for Library Director, it’s important to know for whom you are searching! Exercises will help identify characteristics matching library and community needs.

February 3, 2014 - The Search Begins – Discussions, activities surrounding writing the job ad, reviewing candidates, selecting interviewees, creating great questions, and conducting the interview.

February 10, 2014 - The Choice – How to actually hire, from reference checking to negotiations, salary and perks, to staff and community orientation.

February 17, 2014 - Future Success – Sustaining an excellent employee is just as important for directors! This section covers establishing expectations (from communication channels to goals), clarifying roles, resolving challenges, motivation, and ongoing development.

Archived Recordings - 90 minutes each - For more on Trustees from Montana State Library, check out their Vimeo Channel.



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What Is Our Policy on That?

Library boards create policy for several reasons, including:

  • To help guide staff decisions and actions
  • To help ensure the rights and responsibilities of library patrons
  • To help ensure equitable treatment for all
  • To help the library best meet the needs of community members
  • To maximize the library's resources and ensure equal access to those resources for all patrons
  • To help staff deal with problem situations

Policies for Consideration by Every Public Library Board:

  • Acceptable Conduct: The library is a public facility and so it is one of the duties of the library board to set this policy to keep the library safe and welcoming for all. This policy empowers the library's staff to deal with disruptive behaviors and to take appropriate action. This policy is sometimes referred to as the library's Acceptable Conduct or Acceptable Behavior Policy. The power and duty to establish this policy is granted to the library board in Idaho Code:
  • Circulation Policy: Ensures that all members of the community have equal access to library materials. Authority to create this policy is granted to boards of city libraries in I.C. § 33-2707(9); of district libraries in I.C. § 33-2720(1)(i). This policy specifies who qualifies for a library card and which type of library card, what types of identification and proof of address are acceptable when obtaining or renewing a library card, who may obtain a library card for a minor child, how many items a patron may have checked out at a time, how long items may be checked out before they must be renewed or returned to the library, how many times items may be renewed, the consequences of not returning library property (such as overdue fines and fees), and how the cost of lost or damaged items is calculated. When drafting or revising the library's circulation policy, it is important to keep in mind
  • Collection Development and Management
  • Confidentiality of Patron Records
  • Internet Safety Policy
  • Internet Use Policy
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Sponsorship