FRANKFORT, Ky. (APRIL 26, 2012) – The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) recently unveiled the Kentucky Public Library Trustee Certification program, the first of its kind in the state. The program was created to provide trustees with the tools that will help them fulfill their responsibilities to the libraries and their communities.
Eighty-five public library trustees were certified in the inaugural event, which took place at the Kentucky Public Library Association/Kentucky Library Trustees Roundtable spring conference in Bowling Green. This figure represents over 10 percent of all public library trustees in Kentucky.
“Public library trustees advocate for the library, hire a director to manage the library, establish policies, monitor finances, and plan for the library’s future,” said KDLA continuing education consultant Beth Milburn. “The Trustee Certification program is designed to educate and inform those who have been appointed to this very important position. Libraries are a cornerstone of the community, and they need to be well managed to meet the needs of the citizens they serve. Certified trustees will be more effective in their duties.”
The certification program is voluntary and includes five one-hour classes. Topics covered are trustee and director roles, effective board organization, budget and finances, policies and advocacy. Four of the classes were created by the American Library Association with the remaining class designed and delivered by KDLA staff.
“Those of us who attended the program appreciated the opportunity to further our knowledge and understanding of responsibilities as board members,” said Scott County Public Library trustee Paul Poland. “A well-educated trustee makes for a better public library.”
KDLA provides equitable access to quality library and information resources and services, as well as helps public agencies ensure that legislatively mandated documentation of government programs is created, efficiently maintained and made accessible. For more information on KDLA resources, programs and services visit www.kdla.ky.gov or call 1-502-564-8300 ext. 315.