Trustee Day Schedule

Trustee Day • 
ILA Annual Conference
Thursday, October 11, 2018 • Peoria Civic  Center

Trustee Day at the ILA Annual Conference is designed to support library trustee education by providing programming and networking opportunities. Registration includes a full day of programming, continental breakfast, and a luncheon. The day begins with a keynote address by distinguished parliamentarian Nancy Sylvester. Three breakout sessions offering a variety of programming are scheduled throughout the day. Time is reserved in the schedule to allow trustees to visit the exhibit hall to see the latest in library products and services, followed by a luncheon for Trustee Day attendees. 

For trustees planning to attend the full conference in addition to Trustee Day, a suggested schedule of programming has been developed: Full Conference Trustee Schedule

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Trustee Day Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Trustee Continental Breakfast
Library Trustees begin their day with a light breakfast. The breakfast will be held in the same room as the 9:00 a.m. Trustee Keynote.
The Trustee Continental Breakfast is made possible by the generous support of Ancel Glink.




9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Trustee Day Keynote: I'm A Library Trustee, And My Role Is...?

Board-Staff Relationship and Roles
Board and Staff – each group has different roles and responsibilities, yet few of us have a clear understanding of the distinction between them. This session will examine the different roles and responsibilities and help attendees understand that the best way to become a better board member is to do board work better and to become a better staff member is to do staff work better and the two are clearly different!
Speaker: Nancy Sylvester, Sylvester Enterprises, Inc.

Support is made possible from the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Effective Parliamentary Procedure for Dynamic Library Board Meetings
This program will help make parliamentary procedure understandable and useful to you. It will cover the quorum, agenda, consent agenda, steps in processing a motion, the concept of precedence of motions, the script of a motion, the meaning of votes, and basic characteristics of a motion. After this workshop the attendee will not only have a better understanding of parliamentary procedure, but will have the knowledge and skills to help run an effective meeting.
Speaker: Nancy Sylvester, Sylvester Enterprises, Inc.

Support is made possible from the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

"I've Fallen and....I'm Going to Sue!" Public Entity Liability for Injuries on Public Property
This presentation will focus on:

  • Common types of claims brought against libraries and other governmental entities for personal injury
  • Protections Available under the Tort Immunity Act and other provisions
  • Overview of the defense of a typical personal injury claim, including discovery, settlement negotiations and trial
  • Proactive measures to avoid potential claims for personal injury

Speakers: Carmen Forte Jr., Scott Uhler, and Mallory Milluzzi, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. 

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trustee Exhibits Break
Visit the exhibit hall to explore the latest in library products and services.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Trustee Day Luncheon
All Trustee Day attendees are registered for the networking luncheon. Doors open at Noon.
The Trustee Day Luncheon is made possible by the generous support of  Klein Thorpe & Jenkins



1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
A Trustee’s Guide to Municipal Bonds
This presentation will cover a number of issues of which Trustees should be aware during a municipal bond financing. Topics will include, but are not limited to: 1) financing mechanisms available to libraries and library districts; 2) bond basics for both new money and refunding bond issues; 3) the members of a financing team; 4) credit ratings; 5) description of the official statement; and 6) a market update, including the impact of recent tax reform legislation on the municipal bond market.
Speaker: Andrew Kim, PMA Securities, Inc. 

Top Ten Budget Disasters Facing Your Library
How much financial trouble can your library get itself into? Plenty. Here are ten of the top fiscal messes that will get your library into trouble, sometimes without any effort on your part. Learn about these ten things so you can avoid them in the future – and if it has already happened, learn how to minimize the damages. Please bring your questions.
Speakers: Adam Simon and Britt Isaly, Ancel Glink 

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Board Wars
Accomplishing library goals can be difficult when disagreements arise. With trustees, staff, and the public interest, it can be difficult to navigate challenges and operate effectively with a dysfunctional board. In this interactive session, learn how to effectively manage board relationships to achieve success. The speakers will use a game-show style format to address how to handle issues that may arise between the president, trustees, staff, and the public. You will learn how to manage each relationship and create functional and effective communication.
Speakers: Julie Tappendorf and Erin Pell, Ancel Glink 

It's That Time of Year Again.............Evaluating Your Library Director
Do you dread evaluating your library director? Is it hard to get feedback from your fellow trustees? Do you know why you are evaluating your library director? This session will walk you through the whole process so that you won’t dread the annual evaluation and you will walk away with concrete tools to better assist you in one of your most important duties as a trustees.
Speakers: Dave Barry and Karolyn Nance, Bartlett Public Library

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