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Trustee Support Resources

Role of the Library Director in Board Meetings

The director attends all board meetings, and is usually asked by the board chair to participate in executive sessions.

The library director is responsible for all operations of the library. In order to support the work of the board, the director provides information and research, proposes options, drafts policies, or makes other recommendations for board consideration. The director supplies staff work, coordinates major efforts such as a long-range planning process, raises questions, describes programs, and assesses both the successes and failures of the library program. The director may also provide, or arrange for, continuing education for trustees.

Model Friends' Cooperative Network, a helpful chart illustrating the roles of the library director, trustees, and friends, may be found among the Organizational Tools for Trustees provided by United for Libraries