The Successful Library Trustee Handbook, Second Edition--eEditions e-book

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Designed to improve any board's effectiveness, this resource offers proven advice about what it takes to make everything from meetings to evaluations run smoothly and addresses the critical questions every board member needs to understand:

  • What does it mean to be on a library board of trustees?
  • The how-tos of amplifying your message through partnerships
  • How does advocacy work and why is it important?
  • Who makes library policy?
  • Is there a more effective way to do strategic planning?

Practical checklists, tables, and "what have you learned?" review items will help anyone maximize the experience of serving on a board. Trustees, administrators, consultants, trainers, and library students will welcome this hands-on, "bring it along and mark it up" reference.


1. Getting Started

2. Relationships

3. Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

4. Advocacy: A Basic Board Responsibility

5. Policy Development

6. Strategic Planning

7. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate

8. Hiring and Firing a Director

9. Budgets, Liability, and Fund-Raising

10. You Are Not Alone


A: Resolution on the U.S.A. Patriot Act and Related Measures That Infringe on the Rights of Library Users

B: Useful Websites for Library Trustees

C: Freedom to Read Statement

D: Library Bill of Rights


Mary Y. Moore

Mary Y. Moore is an independent library consultant, trainer, and facilitator who lives in Olympia, Washington. With close to forty years as a professional librarian under her belt, Moore has worked in special, academic, and public libraries. She has worked with public library boards for many years as both public library director and library consultant. She has also been a member of several boards herself, serving in the capacity of both member and chair.

"...enthusiastically recommended."
--The Midwest Book Review