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The Trustee in the Community

Public library boards and trustees play an important role in shaping the public image of the library. Trustees are among the library's most influential representatives in the community.

The effective trustee should:

  • Understand and be able to articulate the library's mission.

  • Be familiar with and support the library services and programs.

  • Keep the lines of communication open between the trustees, the director, the community, and local government officials.

  • Foster community involvement with the library.

  • Maintain a positive relationship with the Friends of the Library and/or Library Foundation.

  • Understand community needs, library capabilities, and the necessity to plan carefully for future library services.

  • Never miss an opportunity/occasion to build goodwill for the library.

  • Participate in local and statewide advocacy, stressing the importance of public libraries in today's information-rich society.

  • Focus on policies and practices that permit a well-run library, not on running the library and staff.

Statewide peer support, advocacy help, and information about library boards and trustees is available at the Colorado Library Association (CAL) Trustees and Friends Division.

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