Board Buzz- April

As a library trustee, it’s important for you to keep up with library updates, but we want to make sure you get it in a format that’s quick to read and easy to digest. Let’s get to it!

Summer Reading

It may seem like summer reading doesn’t fall under trustee responsibilities, but there’s a lot you can do to give library staff a hand in making sure summer reading is a success! Here are three ideas to get you started:

    Budget: Do you have a line item in your budget for programming? Make sure the library has funds for craft supplies, giveaway books, a guest performer, etc.

    Hours: Is your library open during hours that are convenient to people who work during the day? Think about evenings and weekends!

  Advocacy:Know what’s happening at the library and share it where and when you can, whether that’s with another organization you work with or while standing in line at the grocery store.

Upcoming Trustee Training

We’re really excited about an in-person training we have coming up on June 11 – Money Talks: Six Mini-Sessions on Library Finances. It’s the perfect opportunity for trustees to make sure that the library’s financial health is in mint condition. (It’s also a great way to knock out your annual trustee training requirement in one fell swoop.) The entire NCLS consulting department is coming together to present:

    The Role of the Treasurer

    Budgeting for Beginners

    Minimizing Risk through Effective Policies

    Accounting Best Practices

    Construction and Capital Funds

    Putting the Fun in Fundraising

Ballot Marketing

Is your library going out to vote this May? NCLS has customizable templates for flyers and social media, as well as a worksheet to help you answer anticipated questions from the public. You can find all of these on the Funding page of the Trustee Guide.

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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