Virtual Learning for Library Trustees – November 2020

Are you looking to expand your knowledge when it comes to serving on the library board? Here are a few opportunities taking place in November that may interest you, provided by the Colorado State Library.

Library Board Essentials (for Governing Boards)
Thursday, November 12, 10:00-11:30am

Library boards play an essential role in the governance of a public library, and library trustees have a responsibility to serve their communities. This workshop provides a foundation of essential information to help Colorado Public Library Trustees be better prepared to meet the responsibilities of library board service. Topics covered in this workshop include the link between governance and operations, roles and responsibilities of library boards, open meeting requirements, core principles of public library service, and an overview of current library trends. This workshop will be interactive and allow for trustees to share ideas and ask questions.

This free workshop is intended for Library Governing Boards. Library governing boards are typically found with library districts, and serve as the governing authority for the library. This workshop is intended for public library trustees currently serving in Colorado who would like to gain a better foundation for their role as a member of the library governing board. This workshop may also be beneficial to library directors, as well as other library administrators who work closely with the library governing board.

This workshop will be limited to 25 participants, and will not be recorded. Pre-registration is required.

Trustee Talk: Library Values & Ethics
Thursday, November 19, 4:00-5:00pm

Are you a library trustee, board member, or commissioner? Would you like to share ideas with other trustees? Exchange information about effective library board practices? Would you like to learn from fellow board members from libraries across Colorado?

Trustee Talk is a series of quarterly virtual meetups to allow for informal learning amongst library trustees, hosted by the Colorado State Library. This meetup will provide an online space for trustees to come together and consider important issues from a broad range perspectives.The topic for November’s Trustee Talk will be the values and ethics of professional librarianship. Attendees will be invited to discuss how professional values and ethics influence their work as library trustees. There will also be an opportunity to discuss how values and ethics play a role in policy development and planning. Resources will be shared providing a brief overview of library values and ethics, prior to the discussion.

Participation will be encouraged, but not required. All attendees will be given the option to use voice, video, and chat features to communicate. This meeting will not be recorded. This meeting will be limited to 40 participants, and is free to attend. Please register to receive the Zoom login details.

Virtual Trustee Training Available By Request

Is your public library board looking for training on a subject of interest? Does your board need consultation on a specific topic? Does your board have new trustees who would like to learn the basics of library board service? Colorado public library boards can request free virtual training and consultation through the Colorado State Library (CSL). Read more about about what topics are available and how to request a training.

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Crystal Schimpf