Trustee Workshops

Trustee Forum Spring Workshops

March 13, April 17, May 15

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ILA Trustee Forum is converting its traditional Springfield and Oak Brook workshops to a series of workshops in March, April, and May. We look forward to a time when we can meet in person, but for now we’ll gather safely on Zoom. 

Registration Fees

ILA Institutional or Personal Member

  • All three webinars: $40

  • Individual webinars: $15


  • All three webinars: $50

  • Individual webinars: $20

To register, please email the following information:

Trustee name, trustee email address, registration selection (all three webinars or individual webinar only)
The deadline for registrations is the Friday before each event by 4 pm. 

Statement of Appropriate Conduct
- All participants are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues.

Cancellation Policy - If registered for all 3 events, cancellation must be received by March 8. If registered for only 1 or 2 events, cancellation must be made 5 business days prior to the start of the event you wish to cancel. Please e-mail your cancellation request to Cancellations received on time will receive a refund and are subject to $5 processing fee.

March 13, 10:00 a.m. - Noon

One Year On -- Where is Your Library and How Can You Prepare for a Post-COVID World 

A panel of directors and trustees will discuss how their libraries navigated the various stages of COVID-19, how their offerings changed over the past year, how trustees communicated and stayed connected during the pandemic, and which new services or procedures they plan to continue when the pandemic ends.
Julian Westerhout, Board President, and Jeanne Hamilton, Director, Bloomington Public Library
Matt Greider, Board President, and Amanda McKay, Director, Effingham Public Library
Carlos M Früm, Board President, and Kate Hall, Director, Northbrook Public Library  

April 17, 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: What Library Trustees Need to Know

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) impacts all aspects of librarianship.  Our libraries play an increasingly important role in our communities, and library Boards of Trustees need to be prepared to understand how their decisions impact the communities they serve.  In this way, Boards of Trustees play an important role in supporting DEI initiatives and bringing a DEI lens into every part of the library.  In this interactive workshop, Trustees will explore how to bring this DEI lens into their work, including areas such as policy development, strategic planning, funding initiatives, board membership and development, and community relationships. 
Speaker: Anne Phibbs, Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives


May 15, 9:00 a.m. - Noon 

Boot Camp for Trustees

The Boot Camp is designed for newly elected and seasoned trustees and will address a series of topics. 

Finance 101
Interested in understanding your library’s finances better but not sure how to begin? You are not alone. This overview of financial issues for library trustees will get you oriented and help you understand where to focus. You’ll leave with an organizational framework for making financial decisions, a sense of where your Library may need to put some energy and some yardsticks for measuring financial health. We’ll cover monthly financial reports, financial projections, borrowing, accounting and banking basics, required filings and more. We'll also talk about the rules that apply to different types of Libraries, so you'll know which apply to you.
Speaker: Jamie Rachlin, Meristem Advisors LLC 

Up Next:  Ensuring a Leadership Pipeline with Succession Planning
Learn how to formalize talent development and ensure leadership continuity by developing and implementing a succession plan at your library. Don’t get caught off guard when a key staff member leaves!  A succession planning process will help your library take time now to figure out how to effectively transfer institutional knowledge, increase job satisfaction, and retain emerging leaders imperative for the library's future success.  By developing this strategic tool, your library can rest assured that you have the right leaders in place and can effectively respond to staffing changes without skipping a beat. 
Speaker: Amanda Standerfer, Fast Forward Libraries

Forging Strong Relationships Between Library Trustees and Directors
The roles between library trustees and the library director can become blurred at times. To have a high functioning, effective, responsive library, it is critical that directors and trustees understand and appreciate their distinct positions. 
Speakers: Christine Westerlund, Vice-President, Chatham Area Public Library Board of Trustees, and Amy Byers, Director, Chatham Area Public Library 


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