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 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:
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.
Library boards create policy for several reasons, including:
Policies for Consideration by Every Public Library Board: