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)
Format #2 – individual chapters of the Library Board Development Kit
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 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.