Trustee Academy

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Beginning July 1, 2017, and continuing through June 30, 2018, New Jersey libraries and Trustees now have access to Short Takes for Trustees. Access to the Short Takes for Trustees ends June 30, 3018. Access is brought to you by the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Trustee Association. 

Short Takes for Trustees is a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.

The courses are: What It Means to Be a Trustee; Board Meetings; Board Ethics; Library Advocacy; Library Policies; Strategic Planning; Working with Friends; Evaluating the Library Director; Board Self Evaluation, and Succession Planning and New Board Orientation.

Short Takes is now available to all libraries Trustees in New Jersey through a partnership with the New Jersey State Library and NJLTA.  Please contact United for Libraries at or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 2161 or NJLTA at / 609-394-8032 for the login information.