The Rural Library Trustee: Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships

How do library trustees get trained?
How are director and trustee roles defined to ensure a healthy library organization?
How are trustee relationships cultivated both in and outside the library circle?
Listen to an archived webinar that explores these and other questions related to library trustees. The session provides you with practical ideas and tactical strategies to support and advocate for your library organization as a trustee, or library director in a small or rural community.

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This webinar was brought to you by ARSL (Association for Rural and Small Libraries) and featured presenters:
Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director ALTAFF (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations)
Kim Armentrout, Library of Virginia
Jim Minges, Director of the Northeast Kansas Library System

Mission Possible

By Samantha Hastings, West Jordan Library

            The Uplift Grant allowed me to take the Advanced Management of Information Agencies online course through the University of North Texas.  The main focus of the course was the strategic planning process,  including: library vision statements, library mission statements, conducting information audits, and creating a strategic plan.  This brief article will focus on rethinking library mission statements and strategic planning strategies.

Does each member of your library staff know your library’s vision and/or mission?  Joseph R. Matthews (2005) explains that “In most cases, these mission statements are too lengthy and don’t really get to the heart of the library’s mission.  Too often these statements erroneously include processes that the library uses to deliver its mission” (16).   A good mission statement, according to Matthews, could be printed on a T-shirt (16).  A good mission statement is meaningful and memorable.  According to Scott Beagrie (2005), a mission statement should inspire employees to accomplish or to work toward organizational goals.

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92% of Americans say their local library is an important educational resource

Here are some results from the latest Harris poll:

  • Almost all Americans (92%) say they view their local library as an important education resource. Seven in ten agreed their local library is a pillar of the community (72%), a community center (71%), a family destination (70%), and a cultural center (69%);
  • Overall, people are satisfied with their public library. Based on everything they either know or might have heard or read, three in five Americans (59%) are extremely or very satisfied with their public library and an additional one in five (22%) are somewhat satisfied; and,
  • Among those that have a library card, the satisfaction is even higher — over two-thirds (68%) say they are extremely or very satisfied and an additional one in five (22%) are somewhat satisfied with their public library. Even those who do not have a library card express satisfaction with their libraries as two in five (40%) are extremely or very satisfied while 21 percent are somewhat satisfied.

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Open meeting laws handbook

The Utah Attorney General’s Office has produced a handbook about how to make sure your meetings (such as Board Meetings) comply with Open Meetings Laws.
This handbook would be a great resource for board meeting training.   Colleen