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Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State (2023 Edition)

Content from the latest edition of the Trustee Handbook.

Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

Jerry Nichols & Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

With the assistance of the

Library Trustees Association Section of the New York Library Association 
New York Library Association
New York State Library
Public Library System Directors Organization of New York State

©2023. Portions of this publication may be reproduced for noncommercial purposes provided attribution of source is included

[This resource also available as a downloadable PDF via NYS Library Digital Collections]


This latest revision of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is a testament to the integrity, professionalism, and commitment of the New York Library Community.

A network of library professionals, directors, trustees and association leaders, along with our colleagues at the New York State Library, continuously strive to provide the best possible library service to the people of New York and inspire us to ensure there is clear, accurate and concise support for the 6,000 New Yorkers who serve their communities as library trustees each year.

We thank our collaborators from all corners of the state for sharing their knowledge and experience, and for relentlessly challenging us to improve this Handbook so that every library trustee may have the support they need to help New York’s public libraries thrive.

For this 2023 edition an editorial board was convened to consult with the authors. These individuals spent countless hours providing feedback on drafts of the Handbook and we would like to acknowledge their contributions and to express our gratitude for their dedication and professionalism. Their efforts have improved this edition.

Matthew Bollerman, Chief Executive Officer, Hauppauge Public Library
Jean Currie, President, Library Trustee Association Section of the New York Library Association
AnnaLee Dragon, Executive Director, New York Library Association 
Brian Hildreth, Executive Director, Southern Tier Library System
Duane Hughes, Trustee, North Country Library System
Ron Kirsop, Executive Director, OWWL Library System
Lisa G. Kropp, Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library
Michele Lauer-Bader, President, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Lauren Moore, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian 
Francis Rees, Library Development Specialist I, Division of Library Development, New York State Library
Christine Ryan, President, OWWL Library System
Kevin Verbesey, Executive Director, Suffolk Cooperative Library System