Resources for Board of Trustees

NC Public Library Trustee Manual

NC Public Library Trustee Manual

A trustee is part of a decision-making team that includes the rest of the trustees and the library director. For a board to function effectively, all members must bring enthusiasm, preparation and dedication to the task and have a firm understanding of the different roles played by the board, the director and the library staff.

This handbook consists of basic information needed by you, the trustee, to be an effective board member and library advocate. Each chapter includes sources of additional information that may be utilized if you run into an issue or question not addressed.

Download a full copy of the manual or view the online version here.

 

Governance and Library Law

Governance and Library Law

As a Public Library Board Trustee, you will need to understand the State of North Carolina library law including how public libraries are set up, confidentiality of user records, duties of the state library, open meeting laws, and state aid.

a.    North Carolina General Statute 125, Articles 1-3. State Library Agency

b.    North Carolina General Statute 153A, Article 14: Libraries (formation of public libraries)

c.    North Carolina Section .0200 State Aid to Public Libraries

d.    North Carolina Section .0300 Organization of Regional Libraries

e.    North Carolina General Statute 143-318.9-18 Article 33C. Meetings of Public Bodies (Open Meeting Law) 

Training

Training

Training resources, including videos, for Trustees individually or during board meetings:

 

Resources from other State Libraries

Resources from other State Libraries

Trustee Handbooks from other State Libraries can provide additional information. 

New York State Library

Wyoming State Library

Illinois State Library

Utah State Library

Pennsylvania State Library

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Find useful information from these resources including orientation for a new trustee, guidelines for working together with the Library Director and Friends, and hiring a new director.

Orientation for New Trustees

Hiring a Library Director Toolkit

Working Together: Roles and Responsibilities Guidelines