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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

Trustees: Training for Trustees

Information, resources, and advice for library trustees in Massachusetts.

Trustee Orientations from MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners holds Trustee Orientation sessions in the spring and fall, and we make every effort to cover all parts of the Commonwealth to reach as many trustees as possible. 

>> Why should I attend?

Are you a new library trustee eager to learn about your new, and very important, role? A “seasoned” board member looking for a refresher course? These 2-hour sessions cover a range of topics relevant to being an effective trustee, such as your roles and responsibilities as a member of a library board, and state laws you need to know. Time is included for questions and answers. This is a great opportunity to meet key MBLC staff who work with trustees, as well as trustees from your neighboring libraries! Orientations are aimed at new trustees, but all trustees and library directors are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Orientation Sessions

Fall 2018 sessions are from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Orientations are free and open to all public library trustees and library directors. Registration is required. 
Monday September 17 at Brockton Public Library, Brockton MA 
Tuesday September 25 at Waltham Public Library, Waltham MA 
Tuesday October 2 at Sunderland Public Library, Sunderland MA
Thursday October 11 at Eldredge Public Library, Chatham MA
Tuesday November 13 at Ayer Library, Ayer MA

Requests for Orientations

Are you interested in having a Trustee Orientation session held at your library or a library near you? Please contact the Library Advisory and Development unit at the MBLC and we'll see what we can do!

Recent orientations have been held at:

2017: Medford, Orleans, Mansfield, Lee, North Andover

2016: Hamilton-Wenham, Canton, Southborough, Palmer, West Tisbury, Salisbury, Fitchburg, Plymouth, South Hadley

2015: Burlington, Rutland, Somerset, Wilbraham, Bourne, Lee

Other Training Opportunities

There are many other training opportunities available with relevance to library trustees, including those listed below. Keep your eyes open for others!

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