On Tuesday June 11, from 10 am to 11 am, the New York State Library will offer a brief introductory webinar for new public and association library trustees, “What Every Trustee Should Know.”

“Handbook for Library Trustees” author Jerry Nichols will cover the following topics:
– Your role as a Trustee;
– Effective Board Meetings;
– Legal and Fiduciary Responsibilities; and
– Working with your fellow Trustees and Library Director.

The State Library asks that public library directors and public library system directors encourage all new library board members to participate in this live webinar. For trustees who are unable to attend the live webinar on June 11, the webinar will be archived on the State Library’s website at a future date.

Mr. Nichols is the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and retired Director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Past Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, Mr. Nichols is also the author of the “Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, 2010 Edition” (http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/trustees/handbook/index.html).

The URL for the webinar session is http://ellum2.nyit.edu:80/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1336508111564

Before the session, users can click this link to determine if their pc meets the minimum requirements for Blackboard Collaborate:

The minimum requirements are listed in the following link:

Please contact Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at aheebner@mail.nysed.gov if you have any questions about the webinar.