Trustee Corner – April 2020

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Trustee Corner – March 2020

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Trustee Corner – February 2020

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Good Governance: By the Bylaws

Bylaws are one of several types of governing documents used by nonprofits, corporations, associations, societies, and governments. They are an essential set of rules that any organization must have in order to ensure consistency and fairness in the way the organization functions. Bylaws are one layer of “rules” for how the organization will regulate its […]

Trustee Corner – January 2020

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Signs Your Library Policies Need Revision (And What to Do About It)

This is a guest post contributed by Amie Pilla, Library CEO of the Berthoud Community Library District. When I started at the Berthoud Library in 2016, I immediately made fast friends with each of my board members by insisting that all of our policies be revised.  We had a great summer together!  Happily, now all […]

Tips for Public Library Policy Development

This is a guest post contributed by Amber Greene, Division Manager, and Susan Kadlec, Board Member of the Loveland Public Library. After completing a full update of outward-facing organizational policies in 2018, Loveland Public Library received approval from city council to implement some exciting changes. These included removing fines for overdue items and replacement fees […]

Trustee Corner – December 2019

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Library Leadership Webinar: The Community Centered Library

One of the key changes in 21st Century public librarianship has been a shift in focus from library-centric to community-centric. This is sometimes called “turning out.” But pragmatically, what does this shift mean to library operations? In this archived webinar, Jamie LaRue, former public library director, author, and consultant, explored the Community Centered Library as […]

Trustee Corner – November 2019

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Not Just Preaching to the Choir: How to Communicate Across Party Lines

This is a guest post contributed by Diane Lapierre, Director of the Loveland Public Library and co-chair of the Colorado Association of Libraries Legislative Committee. Public libraries are, by nature, non-partisan and should garner a broad range of support from individuals from diverse backgrounds, political affiliations, and socio-economic and educational levels. To broaden our network of […]

What’s Your Story? Create Impact Through Smart Storytelling

This is a guest post contributed by Sandy Irwin (Durango Public Library), and Katherine Weadley (Colorado Library Consortium) It was a dark and stormy night… We all love a good story. The tension! The excitement! Good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, dogs and cats living together…. When you hear a good story, you are engaged […]

Trustee Corner – October 2019

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Census 2020 + Libraries = Complete Count for Colorado

This is a guest post contributed by Sara Wright, Deputy Director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC).  Your library can be a powerful partner for Census 2020.  Why is a complete count important?  Because it represents power and money for Colorado.  According to the State Demography Office, “Census data affects the distribution of federal funds […]

Durango’s Library Community Champion Award

This is a guest post contributed by William LeMaire, Chair of the Durango Public Library Advisory Board. In 2017, the Library Advisory Board (LAB) for the Durango Public Library launched the Library Community Champion award program. In September 2019, two individuals were honored with this distinction: former presidents of the Friends of the Library, Nancy […]

Trustee Corner – September 2019

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]

Protecting Personal Information of Library Users

The Colorado General Assembly passed HB 18-1128 during the 2018 legislative session. This new law strengthens protections for consumers with regards to protection of their personal data collected by government and commercial entities. This law applies to all types of libraries in Colorado, and took effect on September 1, 2018. For governmental entities, the bill adds […]

Posting Public Meeting Notices

The Colorado General Assembly passed HB 19-1087 during the 2019 legislative session. This law changes some of the requirements for public meeting notices posted by local governments, and went into effect July 1, 2019. This change to the law makes it easier for public entities to post meeting notices by allowing official notices to be posted […]

Trustee Corner, August 2019

The Trustee Corner is a monthly series featuring information of interest to public library boards. Topics include training opportunities, legal issues, helpful information, and relevant news impacting public library governance. The information included in this newsletter is for informational purposes, and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Please consult your library’s attorney with any […]