Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Complete Library Trustee Handbook

Reed, Sally Gardner and Kalonick, Jillian. The Complete Library Trustee Handbook. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2010. ISBN 978-1555706876 021.82 Reed

This volume for new and experienced library trustees is divided into seven chapters and covers such topics as fund-raising, advocacy, and fiduciary responsibility; the role of the trustee; planning; policies; key issues; and effective practices. This text offers clear, reasoned explanations; sample forms; questions to guide the discussions; and resources for further study. The appendixes include essential documents, such as the Library Bill of Rights and ALA's resolution on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. The authors (the executive director and the marketing specialist for the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations) bring considerable experience in public libraries and writing. The handbook is practical, covers board responsibilities, and helps public libraries with different types of governance. A useful tool for both trustees and library staff.