Tools for Trustees — The Workshop

A three-hour workshop for your board(s) of trustees, based on the Tools for Trustees manual.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

I. PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN GEORGIA
County and Regional Library Systems
Statutory Authority
Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS)

II. THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Education
Information
Lifelong Learning
Recreation
The Library as Gathering Place
Other

III. THE TRUSTEE’S JOB
Finance
Planning the Budget
Monitoring the Budget
Annual Audit
Presenting the Library’s Needs
Policy
Intellectual Freedom
Planning
Construction
Georgia Public Library Standards
Personnel
Hiring a Director
Evaluating the Director
Advocacy
Legal Considerations
Library Law
Open Meetings
Open Records
Patron Confidentiality
Federal Laws
Board Liability
Ethical Considerations

IV. BOARD BASICS
Selection and Appointment
Constitution and Bylaws
Officers
Meetings
Committees

V. RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Director
Staff and Volunteers
The Community
Friends and Foundations
Local Funding Authorities and Political Leaders
Fellow Board Members
The Media

VI. BECOMING A BETTER TRUSTEE
Orientation
Self-Assessment
Continuing Education
Associations and Networking
State and National Advocacy
Learning on the Job

AFTERWORD

NOTES

APPENDICES AND SUPPORTING FILES


APPENDICES AND SUPPORTING FILES

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TABLE OF APPENDICES

Appendix A
Appendix B

Requirements for Public Library Grant Funds: no longer updated in this manual

Appendix C Georgia Library Law C-1
Appendix D

GPLS Staff Directory: no longer being updated in this manual

Appendix ESocial and Economic Benefits of Public Libraries E-1
Appendix FGeorgia Public Library Standards F-1
Introduction F-1
Operating Service Standards F-2
Primary Service Standards F-4
Appendix GGoverning Board Member Job Descriptions G-1
Appendix HSample Financial Statement with Balance Sheet H-1
Appendix IList of Suggested Library Policies I-1
Appendix J Intellectual Freedom Documents J-1
Library Bill of Rights J-1
Freedom to Read Statement J-1
Freedom to View Statement J-4
Appendix K Library Service Responses K-1
Appendix L State Construction Project Guidelines L-1
Appendix M Sample Director Evaluation Instruments M-1
Appendix NOther Relevant State Laws N-1
Open Meetings Law N-1
Open Records Law to N-5
Confidentiality of Patrons to N-19
Certification of Librarians to N-19
Appendix ORelevant Federal Laws O-1
Age Discrimination Act O-1
Americans with Disabilities Act O-1
Children’s Internet Protection Act O-1
Copyright Law O-1
Fair Labor Standards Act O-2
Family and Medical Leave Act O-2
Library Services and Technology Act O-3
Privacy Act O-3
USA PATRIOT Act O-3
Appendix P Ethics Statement for Public Library Trustees P-1
Appendix Q Sample Library Board Constitution and Bylaws Q-1
Constitution Q-1
Bylaws Q-4
Appendix R Sample Library Board Agenda R-1
Appendix S Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance S-1
Appendix T Sample Committee Description and Interest Form T-1
Appendix ULibrary Board Assessment Instruments U-1
Self Evaluation for Individuals U-1
Board Evaluation U-2
Appendix V Board Profile Worksheet V-1
Appendix W Sample Memorandum of Agreement W-1
Appendix X Sample Board Orientation Checklist X-1
Appendix Y Sample Affidavit for Closed Session
Appendix Z Model Participating Agreement


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