Trustee Workshops 2020

Trustee Workshops are intended for Pioneer Library System member library trustees and directors. Please register with the links provided under the program descriptions. If you would like a Trustee Workshop on a specific topic or if you are interested in hosting a Trustee Workshop at your library, email Ron Kirsop (rkirsop@pls-net.org).

Additional workshops will be added, so check back for new dates, times, and topics.

Roles & Responsibilities for New Library Trustees - April 23, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6:00 pm on GoToMeeting (log-in details below)

Discussion points:
  • Duties of Library Trustees in New York
  • Differences in Responsibilities of the Board and Library Director
  • Collective Authority
  • Basics of Open Meetings Law
Presenter: Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of Pioneer Library System

No registration necessary, you can use the GoToMeeting information below.

Workshop Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/696653285

Workshop Call-In Info: United States: +1 (646) 749-3122; Access Code: 696-653-285

Click here to register

Updates to Minimum Standards - May 7, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:00 pm on GoToMeeting

Discussion points:
  • Updates to Public Library Minimum Standards
  • Requirements for Library Websites
  • Template Suggestions for Long-Range Plans
  • Committee Recommendations for Policies
Presenters: Ron Kirsop, Executive Director and Suzanne Macaulay, Assistant Director of Pioneer Library System

Click here to register

Public Library Financial Oversight - May 19, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6:00 pm on GoToMeeting (log-in details below)

Discussion points:
  • The financial review process
  • Critical laws
  • OSC audits
  • Governing library assets
Presenter: Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of Pioneer Library System

Click here to register

Workshop Link : https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/970912181

Workshop Call-In Info: United States: +1 (669) 224-3412; Access Code: 970-912-181

Board President Meetup - June 15, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020, 4:30 pm at the Pioneer Library System, 2557 State Route 21, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Prior to the Roles and Responsibilities of Board Officers workshop on Monday, June 15, Board Presidents are invited to this casual meetup to discuss topics related to their board and libraries.

Facilitator: Christine Ryan, Board President, Pioneer Library System

Click here to register.

Responsibilities of Board Officers - June 15, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020, 6:00 pm at the Pioneer Library System, 2557 State Route 21, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Discussion points:
  • Duties of each board officer
  • How to look at the "big picture" of your library
  • Using committees effectively
  • The role the CEO plays in relationship to your board
Presenters: Christine Ryan, Board President, Pioneer Library System; and Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of Pioneer Library System

Click here to register.

Running Effective Board Meetings - July 22, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 6:00 pm at Pioneer Library System, 2557 State Route 21, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Discussion points:
  • Best practices for running board meetings
  • Designing agendas
  • Facilitating open discussions
  • Handling public comments
  • Complying with Open Meetings Law
  • Using committees effectively
  • Other topics related to meetings
If your library is facing a specific issue with meetings, email me ahead of time at rkirsop@pls-net.org and I will be sure to cover it.

Presenter: Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of Pioneer Library System

Click here to register.

Project Management for Library Committees - July 30, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 6:00 pm at Livonia Public Library, 2 Washington St., Livonia, NY 14487

Discussion points:
  • Reviewing the committee structure at your library
  • Projects that board committees should be focusing on
  • Using project management techniques to organize manageable projects for board committees
Presenter: Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of Pioneer Library System (also a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute)

Click here to register.

Library Advocacy with NYLA - August 27, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 6:00 pm at Pioneer Library System, 2557 State Route 21, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Discussion points:
  • Trustee's Role as a Library Advocate
  • How Funding Flows for Libraries in New York
  • How Libraries fit into the Education Structure in New York
Presenter: Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association

Click here to register.

Roles & Responsibilities for New Library Trustees - September 1, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 6:00 pm at Lima Public Library, 1872 Genesee Street, Lima, NY 14485

Discussion points:
  • Duties of Library Trustees in New York
  • Differences in Responsibilities of the Board and Library Director
  • Collective Authority
  • Basics of Open Meetings Law
Presenter: Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of Pioneer Library System

Click here to register.

Strategic Planning - September 10, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 6:00 pm at Red Jacket Public Library, 7 Lehigh Ave, PO Box 370, Shortsville, NY 14548

Discussion points:
  • Flexible Strategic Planning options for your library
  • Strategic Planning compliance for Minimum Standards
  • How to use the PLS planning template
Presenter: Ron Kirsop, Executive Director of Pioneer Library System

Click here to register.
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