The Biggest, Baddest Issues 
Facing Public Libraries 
Carolyn Brewer 
Library Consultant 
Instructional Librarian 
ckd52@y...
Issues for 2014 and Beyond 
Secondary: REALLY? 
• Funding $$$$$$$$$$ 
• Advocacy !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
• Relevancy ?????????
Plan For the Future 
• Trustees 
• The Right Staff 
• Strategic Risks
What is a Trustee To Do? 
• What has the Board accomplished in the last 2 
years? 
• What have you personally accomplished...
What is a Trustee To Do? Cont’d 
• What are your Strengths? Talents? 
• What do you really dislike doing? 
• Tie yourself ...
What is a Trustee To Do? Cont’d 
• And this all leads to your value in: 
– Funding 
– Advocacy 
– Relevancy
The Library Director 
• Soft Skills 
• Power Skills 
• Spotlight Skills
The Library Director and Support 
• Professional Development 
• Selecting Key Staff Members 
• Training for All
Strategic Plans 
• Last Updated 
• Risks Analysis 
• Plan for the Trustees 
• Plan for the Library
Next Steps 
• Self Evaluations for Boards/Trustees 
– http://www.compasspoint.org/board-cafe/self-assessment- 
board 
– ht...
Questions 
• Please feel free to contact me for further 
questions. 
• Carolyn Davidson Brewer 
– 817-901-1411 
– ckd52@ya...
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The Biggest, Baddest Issues Facing Public Libraries

  1. 1. The Biggest, Baddest Issues Facing Public Libraries Carolyn Brewer Library Consultant Instructional Librarian ckd52@yahoo.com
  2. 2. Issues for 2014 and Beyond Secondary: REALLY? • Funding $$$$$$$$$$ • Advocacy !!!!!!!!!!!!!! • Relevancy ?????????
  3. 3. Plan For the Future • Trustees • The Right Staff • Strategic Risks
  4. 4. What is a Trustee To Do? • What has the Board accomplished in the last 2 years? • What have you personally accomplished for the Board/Library in the last 2 years? • What is your passion for the library?
  5. 5. What is a Trustee To Do? Cont’d • What are your Strengths? Talents? • What do you really dislike doing? • Tie yourself into the mission/goals of the library.
  6. 6. What is a Trustee To Do? Cont’d • And this all leads to your value in: – Funding – Advocacy – Relevancy
  7. 7. The Library Director • Soft Skills • Power Skills • Spotlight Skills
  8. 8. The Library Director and Support • Professional Development • Selecting Key Staff Members • Training for All
  9. 9. Strategic Plans • Last Updated • Risks Analysis • Plan for the Trustees • Plan for the Library
  10. 10. Next Steps • Self Evaluations for Boards/Trustees – http://www.compasspoint.org/board-cafe/self-assessment- board – http://managementhelp.org/boards/development/ev aluations.htm • Update Library Director and Staff Job Duties/Goals if this hasn’t been done in the last 3 years • Coordinate a Strategic Plan Committee/Group
  11. 11. Questions • Please feel free to contact me for further questions. • Carolyn Davidson Brewer – 817-901-1411 – ckd52@yahoo.com • Thank you and have a great day!!
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