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Short Takes for Trustees

SCLS has purchased access to Short Takes for Trustees for SCLS member library trustees and library directors through December 2020.

United for Libraries presents Short Takes for Trustees, a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self-evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.

In addition, three additional webinars are included for SCLS libraries:

  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: What Library Trustees Need to Know
  • Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival
  • Merging Your Library’s Friends and Foundation

To access these resources, trustees and directors will need to request a login by using this form:

Form to receive login information to Short Takes for Trustees














Upon submission of the form, you will receive three emails:

  • Subject: Form submission from: SCLS Trustee Training Login Request
    • This email is a confirmation that your form was submitted and contains directions on completing the sign up process
  • Subject: Welcome to SCLS Trustee Training
    • This email will have a link to confirm your email and prompt you to set a password and access the courses
  • Subject: You are now enrolled in SCLS Trustee Training
    • This email has a direct link to access the course


Login to the site using your username and password.

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Select Short Takes for Trustees

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Select Start from one of the 10 Short Takes webinars to begin watching. Short Takes can be watched in any order and re-watched as often as needed. Each webinar includes a resource guide in PDF format.

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For more information, contact: