Past Kansas Trustee Certification Program
Kansas Library Trustee Training and Resources
In 2007, the Kansas Library Trustee Association (KLTA), developed board meeting continuing education which covered topics specifc to Kansas library trustees called the Kansas Trustee Education Program (KanTEP). While this material has not been updated, it is provided as it discusses issues that are still relevant. Please be aware, however, that resources cited within may be out of date or no longer available.
Around 2008, the State Library of Kansas (SLK), in collaboration with KLTA, developed the now discontinued, statewide Trustee Certification Program focused around five core skills for library trustees. The goal of the core skills was to enhance library service through the development of skilled and knowledgable trustees. These core skills are useful and are provided as guidelines for those wishing to increase their understanding.
Core Skill One: Trustees shall be able to employ and supervise a qualified library director and periodically evaluate the director's competence.
Core Skill Two: Trustees shall have the skills to enable the library board to function effectively through good board organization, good documentation, and new trustee orientation.
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Core Skill Three: Trustees shall be knowledgeable about the library's annual budget and skilled in advocating for the library needs with local government, community leadership and state government.
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Core Skill Four: Trustees shall be capable of assessing and adopting policies that will result in the effective operation of the library in accordance with state and local laws and with full respect for the Library Bill of Rights.
Core Skill Five: Trustees shall facilitate an ongoing process of strategic planning for the library and will determine their community's future needs for library facilities, collections and information access.