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Trustee Update

"Library News You Can Use"

The Trustee Update newsletter provides information to help library trustees perform their important job well. It is published three times each year-- Spring, Summer & Fall-- and is sent to library trustees’ email addresses.

For more information about Wisconsin library law, trustee responsibilities, and library administration, or if you have questions about library advocacy, marketing, or printing Trustee Essentials, please contact Tracie Miller, SCLS Public Library Administration Consultant, at (608) 246-5612.

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Trustee Update Vol. 16 No 1 - July 2023

Trustee Training Week 2023

Join us August 21 - 25 for Trustee Training Week 2023. Registration is now open.

Wisconsin Trustee Training Week was developed in 2014 with the goal of providing high quality webinars to public library boards, friends, and trustees in Wisconsin.

TTW 2023- No More Neutral: How to Use Marketing to Position Your Library in Challenging Times

Monday, August 21, 2023

12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m

Presenter: Angela Hursh

On top of everything else they need to do, libraries increasingly find themselves at the center of controversy. The American Library Association reports a substantial increase in the number of book bans and challenges in 2022 (double the number of reports from 2021). Oftentimes, the library’s efforts to create collection and service policies that fulfill its mission statement of inclusion are the focus of these challenges. These attacks cost money, lower morale, and reduce productivity amongst the staff. They also threaten the very existence of libraries. But libraries do have some power, and it comes in the form of promotion. In this session, you’ll learn marketing tactics you can use now to clarify your library’s policies, solidify your library’s positions, and clearly communicate your mission, vision, and values. And you’ll hear tactics to use to rally community and stakeholder support if your library should face such a challenge.

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TTW 2023- Wisconsin Library Law

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m

Presenter: Kris Turner

Reading and understanding laws and regulations can be daunting, even more so when you are a trustee or on a library board. This session will focus on demystifying the law and focus on specific statutes and cases that affect Wisconsin libraries as well as a discussion of how to best answer legal questions when they inevitably arise. Topics covered include open meeting laws, statutory delegation of library board authority, basics of legal research, and more. When the session has concluded, you will be able to better locate and answer legal questions that you may face as a library board member and also know what resources are available to you to get these difficult and stressful questions answered.

Wisconsin Library Law Survey: What ideas for topics or questions do you have for Kris?

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TTW 2023 - Nurturing Your Library Culture

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m

Presenter: Jeannie Dilger

Culture is all around us – it’s the water for the fish!

In 2022, library science graduates looking for jobs ranked a positive, healthy workplace culture as being an even more important attribute than salary. A toxic workplace culture can impact mental health, decrease productivity, and lead good employees to leave for other jobs.  Join Library Director Jeannie Dilger for a look at what culture is, why it’s important, and how to support the director and staff in creating or revising a culture statement. We’ll talk about setting the tone with policies, decision-making, and hiring and evaluating the director. Learn how the work you do as trustees can influence the culture throughout the library.

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TTW 2023 - LGBTQ - Inclusive Trusteeship

Thursday, August 24, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m

Ray Lockman

Ray Lockman (they/them) will equip Wisconsin trustees and library directors to be queer- and trans-inclusive advocates for their library communities. Participants will learn helpful language and practical tips before we put our new skills to work by grappling with tough real-world scenarios.

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TTW 2023 - Elected Officials are People, Too

Friday, August 25, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m

Lori Fisher

Strong relationships with your elected officials are key to library advocacy. Learn how to connect with your electeds (and their staffs) and consistently demonstrate the value of your library, whether you are a library Trustee/board member, Friends of the Library, affiliated with a library Foundation, or are a library staff member. Find out valuable tips, whether you are making your first contacts, or continuing longstanding relationships.

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