How to Talk to a Legislator (or Legislative Aide)
Library Board Virtual Meetings
Online Resources for Library Trustees
FAQ: One of the library’s employees will be retiing soon. Can I apply for the job?
How to Overcome Controversy as a Board
Open Meetings Law and Public Records
Developing an Effective Library: Step One, Recruiting the Right Director
FAQ: Our school district administrator has just left the library board and appointed someone else to represent him. He was on our personnel committee and would like to continue to serve there. Can he?
Trustee Orientation: Building Effective Library Trustees
Wisconsin Trustee Training Week Webinar Series
Legislative Update: Act 157
Save the Date - Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Annual Conference
FAQ: We’ve been having trouble getting a quorum at some of our meetings. I’ve read that there’s a provision in statutes that we don’t need a majority present for a quorum. Can we do this?
The Trustees’ Job Description
Appointing Trustees who Represent the Community
Save the Dates – 2014
||Do’s and Don’ts for Hiring a New Director
The Elevator Speech Revisited
Happy Retirement, Rick
FAQ: What’s the difference between policy and bylaws?
The Public Library in the 21st Century
Recruiting New Trustees
Procedures for Closed Sessions
FAQ: Our board is supposed to have 6 members but there’s a long-standing vacancy that the village has been unable to fill. Do we count a quorum as if we had all seats filled (4 members) or by the number of current trustees (3 members)?
The Impact of Governor Walker’s Budget Proposal on Public Libraries
Planning for the Library’s Future – Part Two
Trust in Your Trustees
FAQ: I’ve recently retired and plan to spend part of the winter where it’s warmer.
Can I participate in library board meetings online while I’m gone?
Planning for the Library’s Future – Part One
Legal Reasons for Closed Sessions
FAQ: If a library trustee is temporarily unable to perform his or her duties because of an illness, may the municipality appoint someone to fill the temporary vacancy until the trustee is able to return and perform his or her duties?
Monthly Library Board Meetings
Selecting new Library Trustees: Using an Application Form
2012 Wisconsin Library Association Conference
FAQ: How detailed do minutes of a closed session need to be?
Quantitative Standards Calculator Updated
Library Board Options for Investment of Gifts
FAQ: I just found out that our library needs to replace one of its computers. The board hasn’t included a computer in this year’s budget, but we have money available in a capital improvements fund. Do we have any options other than waiting for the next meeting to have the board approve purchasing a new computer?
Advocate for Your Library Now! Advocate for Your Library Every Day! Tips from OCLC and Geek the Library
Library Advocacy Top-11 List
Weed ’Em and Weep
Consider Adding a Youth Member to Your Library Board
FAQ: My term on the library board is up; the village board hasn’t reappointed me yet but they are planning to do next month. May I attend and participate in this month’s library board meeting?
||Ebooks, and Kindles, and Nooks, Oh My!
A Very Brief Introduction to Compensation for Nonresident Service
Changes in Library Director Continuing Education Requirements
FAQ: I’ve heard that for all our meetings we have to post an agenda in three places in the community. Is this true?
||Show ‘Em You’re Hurting: Let Patrons Know How Budget Cuts Impact Library Service
FAQ: Are board committees subject to the Open Meetings Law?
The Library Director Search Process — Hiring From Within or Conducting a Search Process
||The Impact of Governor Walker’s Budget Proposal on Public Libraries
Library Meeting Room Policies
Libraries & 501c3 Status and Certificates of Exempt Status
FAQ: The bank says we need an EIN number for our trust fund account. What's an EIN and how do we get it?
||An Overview of Library System Membership Requirements
Election Year Challenge: 100 Contacts with New Officials
Does Your Library Director Have These Skills?
2011 Library Legislation Day
FAQ: How many board members constitute a quorum of the board?
|| Recruiting Library Trustees
Library Trustees as Public Officials
FAQ: Do we have to post a meeting notice every time the board gets together?
|| Creating a Common Agenda With Your Elected Officials
Library Photocopy Machines and Library Records
Trustee Responsibilities from the System Point of View
FAQ: Our library director is going to be retiring soon. Should we include salary information in the ad?
|| What New Directors Want from Library Boards
The New Library Trustee’s First Five
Library Board Checklist for a New Library Director’s Orientation
||The Americans With Disabilities Act after 19 Years
The Trustee’s Role Regarding Intellectual Freedom
Here ’s What We Know About Libraries… and What Your Local & County Officials Need to Know
FAQ: Can members of the village board or city council be excluded from a closed session of the library board?
||Online Resources for Library Trustees
The State Budget and Your Library
Library Trustee Training Videos
FAQ: What types of questions can’t we ask when interviewing candidates for the library director position?
Giving the “Elevator Spiel”
Nurturing New Library Directors
A Tip for Conducting Efficient Board Meetings
FAQ: Are closed sessions limited to trustees only or can others attend?
||Trustee Appointment FAQ
The State Budget and Your Library
||The Myth of Free Library Service
Is Your Community Viable?
Not Just For Librarians
How to Draw More Latinos into Public Libraries
Latinos and Public Library Perceptions
Are you ETDBW?
||Public Libraries’ Economic Impact
Evaluating the Library Director
Thoughts about Public Library Systems II
A Trustee ’s Basic Seven
||Thoughts about Public Library Systems I
Joint Libraries – An Interesting Model for Public Library Service
||Who is the Wisconsin Library User (and Non-User)?
Changes to Public Library System Membership Requirements
Personnel Management: The Board and the Director
An Appropriate Division of Labor
Attend Library Legislative Day
||Changing the Guard?
||Trustees Make Up a Vital Part of the Wisconsin Library Association
Governor Doyle ’s Proposed State Budget
||Advice from Library Trustees and Directors, part 2
Making the Ask
Trustees Make Up a Vital Part of the Wisconsin Library Association
||How to be an Advocate for Your Library
Advice from Library Trustees and Directors, part 1
Making Connections: the 2006 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference
Planning for Libraries
New Records Retention Schedule for Wisconsin Libraries
New Legislation Affecting Libraries
||New Poll Shows Americans Value Libraries
Avoiding the Pitfalls in Hiring a New Director
Twelve Golden Rules for Board Members
||The Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries
Selecting New Trustees
Happy Retirement Greta!
||The Times They Are A-Changin’
A Big Thank You
To Share or Not to Share
||Free Access to Ideas
Does an M.L.S. Guarantee a Good Director?
Some Tips for Taking Good Minutes
Training for Trustees
||Top Ten Action
List for Library Trustees
Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law
Recognizing the Importance of Your Board Minutes
Changes in new Certification Manual
Library Districts: An Alternative for Wisconsin
How the State Budget Affects Your Library
John DeBacher is New Public Library Consultant
Responsibility of Being a Fan
The “I’s” of Communicating with Municipal Officials
Review of Better Together
and the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law
Changes in Wisconsin Library Confidentiality Law
WLA — Your Source for Information on the Web
Defibrillators in Libraries
You Guess Who I Am?
Avoiding Conflict Between the Board & the Director
A Policy List for Public Libraries
Winnefox Workshop Announcement
Fees for Library Services
What You Can & Can’t Charge For
Filters in Libraries: What Do You Do?
Top 10 Reasons to Attend WLA
Attendance at Board Meetings
Your Values Helps Decision Making
Who is (or is not) the Wisconsin Public Library User? (WPLC survey)
Libraries & the State Budget
Links to SLP Websites
up for Libraries (LLD report)
Effective, Useful, and Legal Meeting Minutes
Seeing Ourselves in the Municipal Mirror
Farewell to Carla B.
Up For Libraries (pre-LLD article)
Wisconsin Public Library Legislation and Funding Task Force
The Value Of Libraries
A Director Needs To Know
Ken Hall, New Director at Fond du Lac
the Books: Do Your Procedures Add Up?
Dealing With Donations
Monthly Financial Reporting
Winnefox Launches New Web Site
Are an Essential Service
Library Systems Take Cuts in 2003
Tax Exempt? – Various examples of sales tax exemptions
Celebrates 30 Years of Library Systems
The Planning Process In Brief for Small Libraries Part II
Developing An Effective Library: Step One,
Recruiting the Right Director
Planning Process In Brief for a Small Library Part I
Developing a mission statement
Avoiding Financial Frustration
Top Ten Action List for Trustees
Deliberations: System Funding and 13%
Personnel Management: The Board and the Director
An appropriate division of labor
Professional Development and Continuing Education
Your Board Meeting: Problems and Solutions
Web links for Library Trustees
the Political Process
From Good Will to Advocacy
Tips on the Art of Lobbying
Ask for what the library needs
Support your library director
Use the library
Are You Legal? Library Board Meetings
Reference Questions Rise with Internet Use