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Orientation for Public Library Board

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An overview of the Board's 3 key responsibilities and building 15 minutes into each meeting to discuss strategic issues. With special mention of Dr. Ken Haycock from whom I have learned so much about Board governance.

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Orientation for Public Library Board

  1. 1. Non-Profit Boards Smart, Effective, Fulfilling 
  2. 2. Ensuring Board are: Fulfilling Effective Smart
  3. 3. Strategy Board Responsibility Public Standing & Ethical Integrity CEO
  4. 4. Base assumptions  Want to make a difference  Prepared to make a difference  Believe that the Library does & can make a difference  Best libraries have the best Boards  Different perspectives & perceptions
  5. 5. Base assumption  Boards lose the effectiveness & collective as well as individual fulfillment when:  Lack of common vision for the Library  Blurring of Board/Patron/Operational responsibility  As soon as you become a Board member you cease being the Library client you once were & will be again when you are no longer on the Board  If staff come to you about issues, direct them to the CEO
  6. 6. Strategy Board Responsibility Public Standing & Ethical Integrity CEO
  7. 7. Essential questions  Am I willing to invest the time to create common voice for our Board and a clear sense of strategy?  Am I willing to work with the Board to focus on our roles?  Am I willing to delegate to staff the means of implementation? Am I willing to avoid micromanagement and administration?• And I willing to be fair, consistent and constructive in feedback to the CEO? Thank you to Dr. Ken Haycock for these, & for teaching me about Boards
  8. 8. Essential questions  Can I acknowledge that the CEO directs the staff, not the Board?  Am I willing to invest the time in planning meetings to ensure success? [generate items; develop criteria; apply criteria]  Am I willing to invest in improvement? [feedback; retreats; process observer]  Am I willing to model the behaviors that the Board values? [consensus building? starting/finishing on time? moving the agenda forward?]  Am I willing to invest my time in improving the public standing of the Library? Developing meaningful, effective relationships with council and the Town? Thank you to Dr. Ken Haycock for these, & for teaching me about Boards
  9. 9. Where are you? Fulfilling Effective Smart
  10. 10. Strategy • Doesn’t happen overnight • Build generative or strategic issue discussions into every agenda
  11. 11. What’s an issue for your strategy?
  12. 12. Planefinder.net
  13. 13. Google searching
  14. 14. Topomapper.com
  15. 15. Wolframalpha.com
  16. 16. Mondowindow.com
  17. 17. Journaltocs.hw.ac.uk
  18. 18. Quixey.com
  19. 19. Emporis.com
  20. 20. “Rowing is the only activity in which people can sit on their backsides, look backwards & still make progress.” Ken Haycock
  21. 21. Public Standing & Ethical Integrity • Financials • Council & City Relationships • Library Positive Positioning • Board Recruitment & Succession Planning
  22. 22. CEO

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