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What's My Job: A Guide To Being a Library Trustee


Welcome to the What's My Job: A Guide to Being a Library Trustee resource guide!

The duties and responsibilities of a library trustee may be overwhelming and more than what was expected when you joined the board. This guide is designed to provide you with the resources and tools to better prepare you for your role and to help you fulfill your trustee duties confidently.

You can find additional resources on the Trustees page of the NYS Library's website.

Welcome to the Trustee Zone

Contact your Consultant

If you need more support on a certain topic or issue, feel free to reach out to your library's consultant.  If you are unaware of who that is, a consultant contact list is available below.

Trustee Education Requirement

DLD Trustee Education Requirement and sample reporting forms

Beginning January 1, 2023, all library trustees are required by NYS law to complete a minimum of two hours of trustee education every year on the financial oversight, accountability, fiduciary responsibilities and the general powers and duties of a library trustee. Such trustee education may be delivered online or in person, and may include lectures, workshops, regional or national library association programs, or any other format approved by the Commissioner of Education.

The trustees are responsible for providing proof of completion to their board president. If any expenses are incurred complying with this requirement, they should be charged to the library budget.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact your consultant.

Read the complete law here.

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