Trustee Corner – October 2020

Entrance to the Longmont Public Library, showing curbside service delivery and large sign reading "Because access equals opportunity."
Longmont Public Library. Photo courtesy of the Longmont Public Library.

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any questions about your specific situation.

In this issue:

  • Outstanding Library Trustees of the Year
  • Colorado Public Libraries & COVID-19
  • Resources from the State Publications Library
  • Patron Privacy Webinar for Library Trustees (10/27)
  • Request Trustee Training for Your Library

Outstanding Library Trustees of the Year

Portrait photo of Dorothy Frances Pisel
Dorothy Frances Pisel, winner of the 2020 CAL Outstanding Library Trustee of the Year award. Photo courtesy of CAL.

Congratulations to the two library trustees were given the honor of Outstanding Trustee of the Year at the 2020 Colorado Association of Libraries Conference (CALCON). This award is given to recognize exemplary service by a library trustee who has served their library and their community with distinction as a member of a library board. The first of these annual awards was given to John Krueger, Trustee for the Estes Valley Public Library District. The second was given posthumously to Dorothy Frances Pisel, Trustee for the Arapahoe Library District. View a complete list of the 2020 CAL Award winners.

Portrait photo of John Krueger
John Krueger, winner of the 2020 CAL Outstanding Trustee of the Year award. Photo courtesy of CAL.

The actions of the library trustees across the state were so compelling that the CAL Awards Committee had to choose TWO trustees to award. View the complete virtual CAL Awards presentation on YouTube (Outstanding Library Trustee awards begins at 18:14). Viewing the awards presentation is a great way to learn about some of the incredible work being done in libraries across Colorado!

Colorado Public Libraries & COVID-19

A library worker sets books downs on a table outside the library for curbside delivery to a patron.
Brad Glover, Adult Services Librarian, provides curbside delivery of collection items early in the pandemic. Photo courtesy of the Ruby M. Sisson Library, Pagosa Springs.

In late May 2020, the Colorado State Library (CSL) surveyed Colorado public library directors about their responses to the pandemic. CSL heard from 76 library jurisdictions, and collected data about public library services in Colorado during the statewide Stay at Home order (March 26-April 26) and first 35 days of the Safer at Home order (April 27-June 1). CSL found that despite unprecedented circumstances, libraries quickly adapted services to safely meet community needs.

Most public libraries closed their buildings to the public for at least 30 days, and many for much longer. Yet, while many buildings were closed, Colorado public libraries were very much open! Staff responded quickly to the needs of their communities during this time by providing a variety of physical and virtual services. Read the complete blog post to learn more about how Colorado public libraries responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources from the State Publications Library

The Colorado State Publications Library provides ongoing access to state government documents. They highlight interesting and useful resources via the State Publications Blog on the Colorado Virtual Library website. Several recent posts may be of interest to library trustees:

Patron Privacy Webinar for Library Trustees

The Colorado State Library (CSL) is hosting a free webinar for library trustees, Protecting Patron Privacy: Library Policy Development, Tuesday October 27 at 4:00-5:00pm. Pre-registration is required.

The right to privacy is essential to intellectual freedom, and is a foundational principle of library service. Without privacy, our freedom to read, free speech, and free thought are all in jeopardy. Privacy is addressed in the U.S. Constitution, the Library Bill of Rights, and Colorado Library Law. Public libraries should also have policies in place to further protect patron privacy. These documents communicate to the public, and they provide guidelines for staff for handling situations that threaten patron privacy.

View more details on this webinar and register.

Request Trustee Training for Your Library

Is your library board looking for training on how to be an effective governing or advisory body for your library? Are you looking for individual training to learn about your role as a library trustee? The Colorado State Library (CSL) offers public library board and trustee training by request. CSL provides board training on a range of topics. Customized training, consultation, and referral to other training sources is also available. All CSL trustee training is being provided virtually for the remainder of 2020.

View more details about trustee training requests on the Colorado State Library website. Email Crystal Schimpf to request training for yourself or for your library.

Stay Connected

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Did you miss the August issue? View it, and more, at the Library Trustees page of the Colorado Virtual Library

Crystal Schimpf