The Officers & Trustees section is not difficult but there are a few very common mistakes. Remember, the information you enter this year should not conflict with a prior year's information. Please double check trustee term start and end dates against your last annual report.
FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES (Not association libraries)
New York State Public Officer's Law §10 requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. Public library trustees are public officers and the oath of office is required to officially undertake and perform the duties of a public library trustee. If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee’s position may be deemed vacant. See Public Officer's Law §30(1)(h).
For more information about how and why the oath of office is administered, and where to properly file an oath of office, please see the “Oaths of Office FAQ” on the New York State Library website: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/
Not sure whether your library is legally a public library or an association library? Library type information is listed for every public and association library in New York State on the “Find Your Public Library” web page at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/
Trustee Education wants to know what trustees have completed education in the past year. Complete one record for each person serving as a trustee as of December 31st, 2020. These trustees will not be the exact same trustees listed in the section where you list trustees moving forward (February 1st and on).
Trustee Education is a newer section. There are a lot of items that could count for this. For example, this could include the
Create a record for each trustee and simply answer 'Yes' or 'No' for each.