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Library Board Effectiveness Training - FREE TO CPLA MEMBERS!

This training is available now, presented at your library, on a date of your choosing on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Experienced trustees/commissioners have been trained in a curriculum developed by Carla Lehn, consultant in board training, California State Library. In order to be more effective, each session is tailored to the specific needs and issues of the board or commission being trained.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the significant role and contribution of volunteer trustees to Library success, including CPLA's role.
  • Understand the various Library Board structures in California, and recognize the type on which they serve.
  • Identify legal obligations of library board members, and know steps to take to reduce personal and Board liability.
  • List the role and functions of a Library Board, and articulate some success strategies for accomplishing them.
  • Develop and/or enhance a productive working relationship with their Library Director.
  • Identify next steps for addressing their own current issues in this area.


  • Introduction
  • Why Do We Have Library Boards?
  • Types of Library Boards in California
  • What Library Boards Do
  • Legal Duties and Liabilities of Library Board Members
  • Success Strategies for Boards
  • Working Toward Good Board/Library Director Relations
  • Next Steps -- What Can We Do To Help Our Board Be Effective?
  • Additional Resources Available to Help

Email Deborah Doyle to arrange for this FREE training

We are pleased to be able to provide this service as part of our goal to educate California library trustees and commissioners to better carry out their duties and responsibilities.

Become a Trainer

The Board Development Committee is always looking for a few great trustees/commissioners who would like to be workshop trainers. You must have some experience training adults, experience on a California library board, a California driver's license, and membership in CPLA (or willingness to join). The commitment is for one year with the likelihood of each trainer doing two to three workshops. Our trainers have stated how much they enjoy presenting the workshop and how much they learn, too.

Please send your comments about this or any other trustee/commissioner needs to Robin Hoklotubbe.