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A resource collecting information to help library trustees explore their roles and responsibilities.

Basic Information

Public library trustees fill a very important role in the governance of public libraries.

This resource is designed to collect the information needed to help trustees fulfil their duties.

Public Library trustees are required to receive 2 hours of training each year.  4CLS makes many programs available.  See below for registration links to upcoming training opportunities and recordings of past webinars.

Other training providers include:

Training Opportunities

Upcoming 4CLS Webinars

Library Trustee Basic Training (Webinar), Wednesday, July 17, 6-8 PM

  • Designed to give new trustees a basic understanding of the roles & responsibilities of library trustees.
  • Register Here 

Archived 4CLS Webinars

  • Financial Basics for Trustees
    • An exploration of good governance, best practices, and fraud prevention.
    • View recording
  • Legal Basics for Trustees
    • An exploration of the various laws & regulations that apply to public libraries in New York State.  
    • View Recording
  • Library Trustee Basic Training - 
    • Designed to give new trustees a basic understanding of the roles & responsibilities of library trustees.
    • View Recording
  • Core Values and Trustee Ethics (Webinar)
    • An exploration of the core values of our profession and the ethical standards for trustees
    • View Recording
  • Library Board & Director Evaluation (Webinar)
    • Tools and strategies for evaluating director and board performance
    • View Recording

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

Trustee Handbook

More Trustee Resources