My colleague, Jamie McCanless and I just finished the last “tweak” for the 2015 revision of Trustee Essentials, our state’s public library trustee handbook. You will find this revised version on our DPI website (http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_handbook). This is the same URL as the previous version, so no need to change bookmarks that you already have in place. And as with previous versions, Trustee Essentials is available as .pdfs – each chapter as well as the entire document.
Although Wisconsin had trustee manuals before, Trustee Essentials resulted from the efforts of a dedicated task force comprised of public librarians, regional library system staff, trustees, and DPI staff in 2002. When it was first produced, Trustee Essentials was printed in hard copy and distributed statewide. But as you all know, technology and public expectations have changed dramatically in those 13 years. As a result, our Agency no longer produces a hard copy of Trustee Essentials; instead we use printable .pdfs. Several states (including Nebraska and New York) have transitioned their trustee manual into an online format with select quick reference documents being available in .pdf. That may be the trend that our state follows for future revisions.
What did we change with this new version of Trustee Essentials? No large scale changes – only a lot of little updates and necessary “tweaks”. In a nutshell, with this version, we’ve:
- Cleaned up all the “dead” URLs and updated online resources as needed
- Updated several legal references and added a few more (related to consolidated county libraries)
- Made certain that current state and federal law was referenced throughout the document
- Revised the system map, system contact information, and glossary found in the appendices
- There were only a handful of chapters that didn’t require any updating; the majority saw some level of change
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Denise Anton Wright • Public Library Administration Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction