Running a library means you’ve always got your hands full—balancing the needs of staff, patrons, facilities, library boards, and other stakeholders with professional responsibilities like community interactions, legal and financial requirements, and whole lot else that wasn’t in the job description. This book walks you through the core components of getting up to speed and then provides templates, sample documents, checklists, and other resources that will make your job easier.
Part I Director Toolbox
Chapter 1 Getting Started
Chapter 2 Employees
Chapter 3 Trustees
Chapter 4 Finances READ EXCERPT
Chapter 5 Legal Matters
Chapter 6 Policies and Procedures
Chapter 7 Insurance
Chapter 8 Buildings
Chapter 9 Emergency Planning
Chapter 10 Technology
Chapter 11 Strategic Plan
Chapter 12 What Next?
Part II Tools
Sample 1.1 Library Director Training Checklist
Sample 1.2 Director’s Report Template
Sample 2.1 New Hire Checklist
Sample 2.2 Librarian Job Description
Sample 2.3 Unpaid Leave of Absence Policy
Sample 2.4 Social Media Policy
Sample 2.5 Disciplinary Policy
Sample 2.6 Termination Checklist
Sample 2.7 Employee Exit Questionnaire
Sample 3.1 Trustee Welcome Letter
Sample 3.2 Library Board versus Director Role
Sample 4.1 Revenues Budget Template
Sample 4.2 Expenses Budget Template
Sample 6.1 Public Code of Behavior Policy
Sample 6.2 Unattended Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
Sample 6.3 Gifts and Donations Policy
Sample 7.1 Incident and Accident Report Form
Sample 8.1 Library Cleaning Checklist
Sample 9.1 Person-in-Charge Emergency Responses
Sample 11.1 Strategic Plan Visual Summary
Sample 11.2 Mission Statement Worksheet
Sample 11.3 Vision Statement Worksheet
The Public Library Director’s Toolkit is written in a clear and cogent style that makes even sometimes dry topics interesting. The Public Library Director’s Toolkit would be a valuable purchase for any public library professional, aspiring directors, or students interested in public library work.
In this carefully crafted handbook, two seasoned professionals share a career’s worth of helpful advice. An easily digested feast of practical wisdom sure to appeal to aspiring library directors as well as those currently in the position, especially if they are new to the job.
Kate and Kathy have written the go-to book for library directors that are hesitant to ask for guidance and help. Their book is chock full of the information that every library director needs to find themselves on even and solid ground with their peers.
This book is an invaluable resource for anyone new to being a public library director. Regardless of the size or structure of the library, Kate and Kathy have written a book that encompasses the major components of being director and does so in a way that is easy to follow and engaging to read.
I just began my journey as a new public library director a couple of months ago. I began reading this book before my official start date, and I was well prepared for my first day! I return to the different chapters whenever I need guidance.
*Thank you, Kathy Parker and Kate Hall with all of my heart for writing this amazing book. I don't know what I would have done without it!*
Too often, a new library director is handed the keys and told "good luck" with very little guidance. This book contains some of the larger scale items every new director should be aware of as well as a variety of other information that will be worthwhile reading for the overwhelmed new director!