Ethics for Library Board ILA 2011 Presentation

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Ethics for Library Board ILA 2011 Presentation

  1. 1. Are You Trustee-Worthy? Ethics for Library Trustees10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  2. 2. Who ya gonna call? e-trustee10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  3. 3. 10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  4. 4. 225 employees 1 building+ 4 bookmobiles1 unified brand 10.13.11 Iowa Library Association Conference
  5. 5. Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Library Board of Trustees Friends of the Library Board The Library Foundation Board10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  6. 6. Why Are You a Library Trustee? “the library has books i don’t approve of.” “Somebody asked me.” “I’ve just always loved the library.” “ ” The library is important to the community. “The library has meant so much to me and my family. I want to give back.”10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  7. 7. Your Turn: Why Are You a Library Trustee?10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  8. 8. burning with excitement dedicated PASSION exciting faithful desirous ferventcommitted devoted animated fascinated eager blazing BrEAThLESS abandoned aroused courageous concerned exuberant 10.13.11 Iowa Library Association Conference
  9. 9. “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” - Potter Stewart, U.S. Supreme Court Justice10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  10. 10. Ethics in Government
  11. 11. Trustee Job Description Advocating  Planning   onitoring and evaluating M  aking policy M Hiring and evaluating the director  10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  12. 12. “It’s not just what you do, it’s how you do it.”10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  13. 13. Duty careLo yA LTyObedience 10.13.11 Iowa Library Association Conference
  14. 14. Question for You as a Trustee Do I know my library’s mission?10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  15. 15. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Mission your Place. Stories you want, information you need, connections you seek.10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  16. 16. An Ethical Board Has a Code of Ethics Reviews it regularly Reviews its decisions and the behavior of its members Takes the appropriate action if a trustee behaves unethically10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  17. 17. Trustee Ethics Checklist  carefully Listen10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  18. 18. Trustee Ethics Checklist  Respect opinions10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  19. 19. Trustee Ethics Checklist  Support decisions10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  20. 20. Trustee Ethics Checklist  Respect the board’s authority10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  21. 21. Trustee Ethics Checklist  informed Stay10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  22. 22. Trustee Ethics Checklist  Participate actively10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  23. 23. Trustee Ethics Checklist  Communicate issues that could have a negative effect10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  24. 24. Trustee Ethics Checklist  the library story Tell10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  25. 25. Trustee Ethics Checklist  to and refer complaints Listen10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  26. 26. Trustee Ethics Checklist  micromanage Don’t10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  27. 27. Trustee Ethics Checklist  the best director Hire10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  28. 28. Trustee Ethics Checklist  Represent the whole community10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  29. 29. Trustee Ethics Checklist  good fiscal stewards Be10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  30. 30. Trustee Ethics Checklist  and grow Learn10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  31. 31. Trustee Ethics Checklist  conflict of interest Avoid10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  32. 32. Trustee Ethics Checklist  with one voice Speak10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  33. 33. Trustee Ethics Checklist  expect special treatment Don’t10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  34. 34. Trustee Ethics Checklist  confidentiality Uphold10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  35. 35. Trustee Ethics Checklist  Respect the spirit and intent of the open Meetings law10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  36. 36. rules Don’t Ensure Ethical Behavior10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  37. 37. Failure to Engage10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  38. 38. The City Council Steps In10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  39. 39. Child Protection or Censorship?10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  40. 40. Service to board Conflict of interest Career aspirations10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  41. 41. Questions for the Board If a trustee behaves unethically, what action may or should the board take? Why should someone serve on a board? Why should someone not serve on a board?10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  42. 42. Question for You as a Trustee What if my personal/social/religious beliefs are in conflict with the library’s mission and policy? Do I understand and support all of the library’s policies (not just the ones I agree with)?10.13.11Iowa Library Association Conference
  43. 43. Questions?Gina Millsapgmillsap@tscpl.org785 580-4480twitter: GinaMillsapcandidate for president of ALA | visit ginajmillsap.com

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