Library Board Materials
Library Board Materials

Library Board Materials

Over the years, a number of publications have been produced for library trustees including the Library Board Development Kit, Trustee Tips, and Trustee 20/20.  These publications are now available electronically, and are linked here.  You are welcome to use any of these materials online or to download and print for your individual board members.  In addition to these items, you may also be interested in viewing the links and resources posted on our Board Development page within the Joint OLS-North/SOLS Professional Information A-Z web page.

Library Board Development Kit – Written by staff from the Southern Ontario Library Service, with assistance from OLS-North and the Ontario Library Boards Association, this publication began in 1991 as the Trustee Orientation Kit, and by 2004 was the Library Board Orientation Kit in 2004.  In August 2014, this publication was updated in preparation for the October 2014 elections.  We have posted the publication in .pdf as separate chapters, and also as a full document.  You can use as an online version or print the publication in one of the two formats provided here.

Format #1 – Full text of Library Board Development Kit (97 pages)  icon for .pdf document

Format #2 – individual chapters of the Library Board Development Kit icon for .pdf document

Trustee Tips is a series of bulletins on topics of concern to library board members. Originally conceived as part of the Library Trustee Development Program, and available through a subscription, the publications are now available free of charge from our website, most in pdf format. We believe that most titles are still quite relevant for library boards.

  • Trustee Tip #3 - The Board and the Budget: Monitoring Financial Reports (Summer 1992)
  • Trustee Tip #4 - A library built on cooperation: the Boards relationship with the CEO (October 1992)
  • Trustee Tip #5 - The Role of the Board in Advocacy and Lobbying (Winter 1992/93)
  • Trustee Tip #6 - Why conduct CEO performance appraisal? (Spring 1993) (.html)
  • Trustee Tip #7 - The Boards role in recruiting new members (Fall 1993)
  • Trustee Tip #8 - Should our library form a "Friends of the Library" group? (Winter 1993-94)
  • Trustee Tip #9 - The board and policy 1: Constitution and by-laws (Sept.-October 1994)
  • Trustee Tip #10 - Conflict of interest and the Public Library Board (Spring 1995)
  • Trustee Tip #11 - Is fundraising the answer? (April 1996)
  • Trustee Tip #12 -The Library Board as employer (May 1996)
  • Trustee Tip #13 - How to run effective Board meetings (June 1996)
  • Trustee Tip #14 - Launching a successful community "partnership (January 1997)
  • Trustee Tip #15 - The value of the library in a community (November 1998)
  • Trustee Tip #16 - Cultivating your Friends (January 1999)
  • Trustee Tip #17- The Board as Employer: making the most of your staff resources (March 1999)
  • Trustee Tip #18 -The Internet: Issues for the Library Board (November 1999)
  • Trustee Tip #19 -The board and policy 2: Writing Policy (November 1999)
  • Trustee Tip #20 - Library Board and Municipal Council Collaboration (September 2000)
  • Trustee Tip #21 - How Well Have You Governed? (December 2000)
  • Trustee Tip #22 - Connecting With Your Community (May 2002) ERRATUM
  • Trustee Tip #23 - Understanding the Board's Role in Advocating for Funding (June 2002)
  • Trustee Tip #24- Library Board Recruitment 2003 (September 2003)
  • Trustee Tip #25 - Building Effective Relationships between the Library and the Municipality (November 2003)
  • Trustee Tip #26 - Taking Stock: Did Your Library Board Orientation Give You What You Needed? (March 2005)

Trustee 20/20 was a series of self-study modules produced to provide  in-depth information on topics such as the board's role in the planning process and in CEO performance appraisal. We believe that these three publications are still relevant to library boards, and continue to post.