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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.

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Trustee Update Vol. 15. No 1. – July 2022

Trustee Training Week 2022

Join us August 22-26 for Trustee Training Week 2022. 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 2022: Materials Challenges & Your Library From the Trustee Table

Monday, August 22, 2022

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presenter: Becky Spratford

Regardless of whether or not your library has had a request for reconsideration of library materials, the increase in challenges is dramatic, and quite frankly, upsetting. Becky Spratford, an expert in serving leisure readers through the public library with over 20 years of experience as a locally elected library trustee, Reaching Across Illinois Library System board member, and Illinois Library Association Executive Board member, will walk you through everything you need to do to prepare for a request to ban titles at your library. From the steps you need to take right now, to how to properly handle a challenge from your seat at the trustee table, Becky will help you to put the emotions aside and protect intellectual freedom.

Register here!


TTW 2022: Here to Stay: Recruiting & Retaining Dedicated Library Workers

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presenter: Lisa Shaw

The highly competitive job market makes it much harder for libraries to attract and keep library staff - including directors. While libraries might struggle to compete with other employers on wage scales, they can create a culture of inclusivity, inspiration, and belonging that appeals to creative and hard-working employees. This session will include practical tools for library boards like improving board-director relationships, reviewing job descriptions, and investigating options for improved salaries and benefits, and more to make your library a great place to work and help reduce staff turnover and shortages.

Register here!


TTW 2022: Effective & Efficient Meetings: Parliamentary Procedure

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presenter: Nancy Sylvester

Planning great meetings and running them effectively and efficiently is crucial to a strong organization. This webinar will help make parliamentary procedure understandable and useful to you as well as focus on the tools to help you with the meetings you conduct and attend. After this webinar, the attendees will not only have a better understanding of parliamentary procedure but will have the knowledge and skills to help run an effective meeting.

Register here!


TTW 2022: Making Sense & Cents of a Library Building Project: the Library Trustee Role

Thursday, August 25, 2022

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presenter: John Thompson

Public libraries around Wisconsin are building, expanding, and/or renovating their spaces. Your Library Director or Building Consultant is recommending to the board the need for additional library space.  What is the role of the library board? How can the library board support the project?

John Thompson will share some tips and insights on the library board role, an overview of the process, some of the costs involved, and how potential choices might impact the project and library services.

Register here!


TTW 2022: From Stories to Action: How to Talk about Your Budget to Activate Support & Secure Funding

Friday, August 26, 2022

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presenter: John Chrastka

The core of any library's strategic plan, management plan, or development plan is the organization's own mission, vision, and values system. But very often, the plans describe the “features” of the library, like hours, collections, staffing levels, and facilities rather than the expected or hoped for outcomes. And library leaders are ready to share powerful stories about how the library impacts users, but not often about their own work. Learn how to talk about your funding in a new way by talking about you, your staff and board, and why you do the work you do.

Register here!