Short Takes for Trustees


Short Takes for Trustees logo. The words Short Takes for Trustees and a stop watch showing 10 minutes.Short Takes for Trustees is a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.

The topics are:

  • What It Means to Be a Trustee (Updated)
  • Board Meetings (Updated)
  • Board Ethics (Updated)
  • Advocacy & Communications (NEW)
  • Intellectual Freedom (NEW)
  • Library Policies (Updated)
  • Strategic Planning (Updated)
  • Working with Friends and Foundations (Updated)
  • Evaluating the Library Director
  • Board Self Evaluation
  • Succession Planning and New Board Orientation


Registration price includes one-year access for the library director and all members of the library's Board of Trustees.


Statewide access to Short Takes for Trustees is available in the following states. If you live in one of these states, please register here.

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Illinois*
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
*Illinois access includes the original ten (10) videos only, and does not include the updated videos or the new videos.


If you have questions, please contact United for Libraries at (312) 280-2161 or by email at