Trustees and Friends

Trustees and Friends Division

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The Division’s goal is to provide leadership and training so trustees and friends of public libraries will be better prepared to advocate for public libraries. Being an advocate means stressing the importance of public libraries in our democratic society, improving public library funding, influencing public policy, and ensuring free and accessible access to information for all. We want to help you turn your passive support of public libraries needs into educated action.

Please email the CAL Office cal@cal-webs.org if interested in serving on this Divisions Board.

We recommend the ALA Trustee Academy webinar series for trustee orientation and board development. For more information, click here.

Important Documents:

 

Resources for New Trustees, Friends and Board Members

Colorado State Library Board Handbook http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/LibraryDevelopment/download/pdf/PocketHandbookCondensedFormat.pdf

ALA Successful Library Trustee Handbook/available at many libraries or order at:
http://www.ala.org/altaff/products_services/publications

ALTAFF Trustee Academy Link – great webinars at a value price for new trustees:
http://www.ala.org/altaff/trustees/trustee_academy/course-info

ALA Library Advocates Handbook - downloadable
http://www.ala.org/offices/sites/ala.org.offices/files/content/ola/2008lah.pdf

ALA Trustees, Friends & Foundations Web Page – excellent resource
http://www.ala.org/altaff/

ALTAFF Public Library Trustee Ethics Statement
http://www.ala.org/united/sites/ala.org.united/files/content/trustees/orgtools/Ethics%20Statement.pdf

CAL Intellectual Freedom Handbook
http://www.cal-webs.org/?page=IFCHandbook

Colorado Library Law

http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/librarylaw/index

Samples

Board Orientation Process

Trustee Handbook Contents

Meeting Agenda
Example 1-Arapahoe Libraries

Example 2- Poudre Libraries

Suggested Policies

Board Self-Assessment

Glossary

Web Resources

Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL)
http://www.cal-webs.org/

Colorado State Library
http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/LibraryDevelopment/PublicLibraries/index.htm

Colorado State Library (CSL) Library Law:
http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/LibraryLaw/Index.htm

American Library Association (ALA)
http://www.ala.org/

Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)
http://www.clicweb.org/

Library Research Service (LRS)
http://www.lrs.org/