Board Member, Library Director Training Available from COSLA

Jul 7, 2015

COSLA Continuing EducationLEXINGTON, KY – The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) has developed training resources through its ongoing Continuing Education Connector Project.

The Trustee Toolkit: Hiring a Library Director
This is a comprehensive, user-friendly toolkit intended for use by library board members who are faced with the important task of hiring a new leader to run their library. Hiring a director is one of the primary responsibilities of many boards, and it sets a trajectory for the future of the library and its community. Although local and state hiring laws may vary, this toolkit’s materials apply broadly to most situations. This resource includes many sample templates that may be adapted for local use, including job descriptions, recommended interview questions, and an offer letter.

Public Library Directors 101
This series of on-demand webinar recordings introduces the many facets of public library directorship. Four recordings, varying in length from 11 to 28 minutes provide a broad overview that both inform and inspire:

  • Your New Role covers ethics, values, and leadership – all important traits for public library directors.
  • Community Relations introduces marketing, public relations, and outreach from the public library director perspective.
  • Planning and Project Management discusses essential steps in the strategic planning process, the benefits of strategic planning, and tools for successful project management.
  • Asset Management covers management of the varied assets of library systems, including staff, buildings, collections, and budget.

Jamie Markus, Interim Wyoming State Librarian, was on the 11-member CE Connector committee who who developed these resources. The Wyoming State Library offers additional training materials in its Wyoming Library Board Members’ Handbook and Wyoming Public Library Directors’ Handbook. For questions on training, contact the WSL Library Development Office, or call 307-777-6333 for assistance.


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