Director Resources

New Director Training

The State Library of North Carolina has created a library director orientation module to assist you in learning more about the structure of North Carolina public libraries, services offered by the State Library, and additional resources that will help you provide quality public library service to your community. 

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Tips for working with your Board

The roles and responsibilities of Board members depends on the type of board your library has. The following guides will give an overview of how to work together specific to your type of library board.

Trustee Orientation Steps

Governing Board

Advisory Board

Tab/Accordion Items

CE Calendar

The CE Calendar lists all upcoming training sponsored by the State Library, NC Live as well as many other organizations. 

Library Director 101 Series

This series of four on-demand recordings and companion Learner’s Guide will introduce you to the many and unique facets of public library directorship to both inform and inspire new or aspiring public library directors.

Aspen Institute's Dialogue on Public Libraries 

The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program created the Dialogue on Public Libraries in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help advance the work that public libraries are doing to address community challenges and to support the transformation of public libraries for the digital age.  

ABLE Course 12: Ethics and Public Service

This course from the Idaho Commission for Libraries focuses on ethics and public service divided into six sections including links and a self-evaluation test. Course takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Competency Index for the Library Field

Competencies for libraries Webjunction resources to assist with building foundation of knowledge, skills and attitudes for U.S. public libraries.

Librarian's Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency Guidebook and Workbook

Resources to help libraries to be better prepared to accept the new mantle of responsibility being thrust on them as a safe haven in times of crises. This resource is provided by the NJ State Library.

The First Year: 5 Strategies for Success

Jamie LaRue shares with library directors how to manage five key relationships during the first year: boss, staff, community, profession, and yourself.


Below are statutes and administrative codes that apply to libraries:

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

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

North Carolina Section .0200 State Aid to Public Libraries

North Carolina Section .0300 Organization of Regional Libraries

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

NCGS 160A Article 20 Part 1- Interlocal Cooperation