Dealing with Difficult Library Board and Board Member Problems

Date(s) - 09/11/2014
All Day



Even in the best of times, library board members still encounter many challenges on the job, from feuds with taxpayers to confrontations with employees to misunderstandings with neighboring library leaders. However, the toughest issues often are internal.

What if the board is split politically or meetings are dominated by one individual? Or board members are violating ethical standards or even breaking the law by holding secret meetings or favoring friends and family for contracts? And how do you handle the loose cannon who has reporters on speed dial and hungers after the director’s job?

Participants will learn how to prevent and address typical board problems:

  • Improving Recruitment and Orientation: Starting with Quality Candidates and Positive Politics
  • Getting the Rules in Place: How Well-Written By-Laws Can Protect You
  • The Long Game: Building Community Support For Accountability and Good Behavior
  • How Not To Be Part of the Problem: Mistakes Good People Make
  • Case Studies: Preparing for the Worst

Biography ~ Pat Wagner
Pat has been working with libraries as a trainer and consultant since 1978, from one-room rural storefronts to the largest public and academic libraries in North America. She has worked with library and nonprofit boards on managing difficult issues, including coping with bad behavior and broken promises. She is known for her practical and engaging programs.

Original broadcast date March 13,2014