Board Buzz 1.8.2024

It’s a new year, and I’d like to introduce you to a brand-new communications initiative from the North Country Library System – Board Buzz!

As a library trustee, it’s important for you to keep up with important library news and updates, but we want to make sure you get it in a format that’s quick to read and easy to digest. Once a month, I’ll send a brief roundup of news to keep you in the loop and resources that will help you make the most of your time on the board.

Orientation

Are you a new trustee? Welcome! If you haven’t already set up an orientation with your NCLS Consultant, we’re holding an online overview for all trustees on Thursday, February 15. You can sign up for the 10am session or the 6pm session. In addition to being a great introduction to board roles and responsibilities, it also helps library trustees meet their mandatory annual training requirement. (You can find more information about the trustee training requirement on the NCLS Trustee Guide.)

Advocacy

One of the main roles of library trustees is to advocate for library service, whether it’s at the local, regional, or state level. We’re heading into NYS Budget season, and as a library trustee, there’s a lot you can do to help. Check out the New York Library Association’s Advocacy Center for more information.

Ballot Planning

Is your library going on the ballot this spring? NCLS can help! We have a printable toolkit to walk you through the process, as well as an archived video on Ballot Basics. You can access both on the Funding page of the Trustee Guide. (And if your library is going out to vote, be sure to let your consultant know.)

Like and Subscribe

Curious about what’s happening at libraries throughout our system? Follow North Country Library System on social media! We have an active presence on Facebook and Instagram, and we often feature our member libraries’ programs and regional services.

And that’s this month’s Board Buzz! If there’s someone on your board who’s not receiving NCLS emails, please have your library director complete a Trustee Contact Form so that we can make sure they’re getting the information they need.

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