Library Trustees

Trustees play an integral role in the public library and, therefore, it is the Ohio Library Council’s commitment to provide information and resources to help trustees effectively execute their roles and responsibilities. Public library trustees automatically become members of the OLC when their library is an Institutional Member of the OLC. This support of the OLC provides the resources necessary for the OLC to maintain its very aggressive and productive efforts to influence decisions in the state legislature, the Governor’s office, and other areas of the state government that impact the public funding of Ohio’s libraries and the ability of libraries to serve library users in the community.

Key components of the OLC’s services to library trustees include:

Trustee Newsletters
The newsletter is distributed to trustees throughout the state who are on the boards of OLC Institutional Member Libraries. The Trustee Newsletter is published four times a year (2 digital issues and 2 printed issues).
Latest issue (PDF)

Library Trustee Workshop
Annual workshop that provides all of the elements needed to be an effective and successful trustee, including boardmanship, legal issues, library funding, working with your director, and library finances.

Legislative Day
Public library trustees are encouraged to participate in this important advocacy event.

Trustee Town Halls
Virtual meetings for public library trustees and administrators.