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Trustee Manual


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.

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Download Complete IN the Public Trust Manual (98 pages)

Individual Chapters:

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Take Time to Learn the Job
Chapter 2: The Board Member's Job Description
Chapter 3: The Board Develops Policy 
Chapter 4: The Director's Job Description 
Chapter 5: The Board Plans
Chapter 6: The Board/Staff Relationship
Chapter 7: Funding the Library
Chapter 8: Library Budget and Finance
Chapter 9: Officers of the Library Board
Chapter 10: Board Meetings
Chapter 11: The Decision-Making Process
Chapter 12: Committees
Chapter 13: Managing Liability as a Board Member
Chapter 14: Board Member Ethics 
Chapter 15: Library Organizations
Chapter 16: Appendix 

Instructional Forms

Committee Operations Analysis
Evaluation Board Maturity
Management or Governance
Public Input Form

For any assistance, please contact Indiana State Library Statewide Services Office at (317) 232-3697, (800) 451-6028 (toll free), or statewideservices@library.in.gov

LDO KA 7-15-2016