Kate Hall has been a Library Director since 2010; first at New Lenox and now at Northbrook Public Library. Kate has held numerous library leadership positions and has worked with Kathy Parker on the successful Director’s University program that has taught over 100 new library directors what they need to know to run a library. Kate is active on many boards, including serving previously on the Illinois Library Association Executive Board and as President on the Reaching Across Illinois Library System.
- About the Authors
New public library directors quickly learn what seasoned directors already know: 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 exactly in the job description. Whether you’re considering becoming a public library director, brand new to the role, or you’ve settled in but find yourself thinking “there’s got to be a better way,” authors Hall and Parker are here to help. This resource 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. Gleaned from their own decades of experience in library leadership positions, in this toolkit they
- cover such key topics as employees, trustees, finances, legal issues, library policies, emergency planning, and technology;
- discuss strategic planning and share advice on keeping up with trends;
- offer nearly two dozen ready-to-use resources, including a Director’s Report Template, a Social Media Policy, an Employee Exit Questionnaire, a Library Cleaning Checklist, a Vision Statement worksheet, and more; and
- suggest additional learning opportunities in each chapter to help you continue your learning journey.
Public library directors can steer clear of common pain points by relying on the expert guidance and organizational aids in this toolkit.