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The state shall encourage the establishment, maintenance, and development of public libraries throughout Indiana as part of its provision for public education. Public libraries provide free library services for all individuals in order to meet the educational, informational, and recreational interests and needs of the public. These library services include collecting and organizing books and other library materials and providing reference, loan, and related services to library patrons. These library services are provided by public libraries supported by public funds.

--Indiana Library Laws 36-12-1-8

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Title Page

Table of Contents

A. Take Time to Learn the Job (revised 11-2012)

B. The Board Member's Job Description (revised 11-2012)

-Governance -Hiring a Director -Planning

-Monitoring & Evaluating -Advocacy -Board Self-Evaluation

C. The Board Develops Policy (revised 11-2012)

D. The Director's Job on the Board Team (revised 11-2012)

E. The Board Plans (revised 11-2012)

-Long-Range Planning -Plan for Planning

F. The Board/Staff Relationship (revised 12-2012)

-Chain of Command -Board/Staff Relationship

G. Funding the Library (revised 12-2012)

H. Library Budget and Finance (revised 12-2012)

I. Officers of the Library Board

-President -Vice President -Secretary -Treasurer

J. Board Meetings (revised 11-2012)

-Parliamentary Procedures at a Glance J-4

-Parliamentary Procedures (continued) J-5
-Parliamentary Procedures -Agenda -Minutes -Reports
-Motions/Voting -Open Door Law -Board Meeting Evaluation

K. The Decision-Making Process

L. Committees (revised 11-2012)

M. Managing Liability as a Board Member

N. Board Member Ethics (revised 11-2012)

O. Library Organizations (revised 11-2012)

-Indiana Library and Historical Department -ISLAC -ILF -ILTA -ALA -United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations –FOIL

P. Appendix


Q. Index