2015 Library Policies and Board Bylaws Workshop
- Each year library boards receive two new members. How can new members be brought up to speed on how the library works? By reading up-to-date policies.
- How does the library board know whether or not the library director and staff are doing their jobs correctly? Comparing library work with library policy.
- Bad policies, poorly implemented can lose the library law suits.
- Which policies submitted by CKLS members violate state and federal laws or are just not up-to-date?
- What issues/questions do policies address?
- How should policies balance patron’s rights with the library’s needs to conduct business? When patrons are kicked out of the library for misbehavior, they are being denied a First Amendment right to use the library. Determining who can and cannot speak in meeting rooms may also deny First Amendment protected free speech. In both cases, patrons can sue. If library policies are not correctly written and implemented, the library will lose the suit.
- Comparisons between policies.
- Personnel policies: sick leave accumulation, vacation time, leave, holidays, etc.
- What is the relationship between overdue fines, checkout period, and amount of overdues?
- How are library policies organized for ease of use?
Where and how can I find examples of other policies?
2015 New Trustee Training
Register for this event.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015: Wilson
Wednesday, June 3: Minneapolis
Wednesday, June 10: Mankato
Thursday, June 11: Plainville
All workshops are from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
This workshop is free.
The CKLS CE grant will pay all travel and meal expenses related to this workshop.
No meal is served at this event, but you could eat at a restaurant before attending the event.
New library trustees start in May. This workshop is for new trustees, experienced trustees, and librarians wanting to learn about being a good trustee. Starting with a list of trustee “responsibilities”, this workshop describes basic responsibilities, slowing periodically, to emphasis important points. The following topics will be covered.
What is the proper relationship between librarian and library board?
What is the source of library funding?
What is the budget cycle?
What are the eligibility requirements for receiving the System grant?
If boards have seven members, why is a quorum now five?
What is an executive session?
What are the ethics board members should follow?
What is a Capital Improvement Fund.
Who should sign library checks?
If someone asks to see board documents, how soon must you supply them?
What should you be telling your local government officials?
What are the goals of the CKLS Strategic Plan?
We look forward to seeing you at this event.