Selected Bibliography and Web Sites


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  • Assessing and Supporting Your Chief Executive; A BoardSource Toolkit. Washington: BoardSource, 2010.
  • Breighner, Mary, William Paxton and Jeanne M. Drewes. Risk and Insurance Management Manual for Libraries. Chicago, American Library Association. 2005.
  • Carter, Robert Allan. Public Library Law in New York State. Albany, NY. The University of the State of New York, The State Education Department, The New York State Library, 1999; rev. 2006.
  • Chait, Richard P., William P. Ryan and Barbara E. Taylor.  Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards,  Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
  • Dolnick, Sandy.  Essential Friends of Libraries: Fast Facts, Forms, and Tips.  American Library Association,  2004.
  • Drucker, Peter F. The Drucker Foundation Self-assessment Tool. Revised edition. New York: The Drucker Foundation, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.
  • Eisner, Joseph. Laws and Regulations for NY Public Libraries: FAQsNassau Library System, Uniondale, NY. 2010. 
  • Hopkins, Bruce. The Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards; a Guidebook for Board Members; Second Edition. Washington: BoardSource, 2009.
  • Ingram, Richard T. Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, Second Edition, Washington: BoardSource, 2009.
  • Intellectual Freedom Manual. Seventh edition. Chicago: Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, 2005.
  • Kahn, Miriam. Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries. Second edition. Chicago, American Library Association, 2003.
  • Kahn, Miriam.  The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning and Response.  Chicago, American Library Association, 2007.
  • Meeting the Needs of All New Yorkers: Library Service in the New Century; The final report of the Regents Commission on Library Services. 2000.
  • Moore, Mary.  Successful Library Trustee Handbook. Chicago, American Library Association, 2010.
  • Nelson, Sandra and June Garcia.  Creating Policies for Results. Chicago, American Library Association, 2003.
  • Nelson, Sandra. Strategic Planning for Results.  Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.
  • New York Library Association. Intellectual Freedom Manual. Albany, NY: Intellectual Freedom Committee, New York Library Association -- new edition, September 2013.
  • NYSED Office of Counsel. Education Corporations - Law Pamphlet 9.
  • New York State Library.  Excerpts from New York State Law and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education pertaining to libraries, library systems, trustees and librarians and a compilation or recently enacted library law
  • The Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board Toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice. BoardSource, 2009.
  • Right from the Start; Responsibilities of Directors and Officers of Not-for Profit Corporations.  New York State Charities Bureau, Department of Law. Albany.
  • Sannwald, William W., ed. Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations. Fifth edition. Chicago: Library Administration and Management Association, American Library Association, 2008.
  • Statement on the Governance Role of a Trustee or Board Member. Board of Regents, The University of the State of New York. Albany, 2007.
  • Sturgis, Alice. The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure. Fourth revised edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
  • Swan, James. Working together; a How-to-do-it Manual for Trustees and Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1992.
  • Young, Virginia G. The Library Trustee; a Practical Guidebook. Fifth edition. Chicago: American Library Association, 1995.

Useful Web Sites

Trustees are advised to become thoroughly familiar with their own library’s web site and the web site of their regional library system.  A few other sites of interest include the following [all links below will open in a new windowexternal link opens in a new window]:

Last Updated: October 27, 2014