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Report Cover (24758 kB) 

Revision and Contact Information (398 kB) 

Table of Contents (258 kB) 

Introduction (286 kB) 

Chapter 1: What is a Library? (479 kB) 

Chapter 2: Types of Boards (450 kB) 

Chapter 3: The Trustee Job Description (374 kB) 

Chapter 4: Who Runs the Library? (462 kB) 

Chapter 5: Bylaws—Organizing the Board for Effective Action (376 kB) 

Chapter 6: Effective Board Meetings and Trustee Participation (577 kB) 

Chapter 7: Hiring a Library Director (278 kB) 

Chapter 8: Evaluating the Director (565 kB) 

Chapter 9: The Library Board and Library Personnel (272 kB) 

Chapter 10: Developing the Library Budget (467 kB) 

Chapter 11: Managing the Library’s Money (588 kB) 

Chapter 12: Developing Essential Library Policies (480 kB) 

Chapter 13: Planning for the Library’s Future (473 kB) 

Chapter 14: Library Standards (264 kB) 

Chapter 15: Library Advocacy (266 kB) 

Chapter 16: The Library Board – Open Meetings and Public Records (267 kB) 

Chapter 17: Boards of Charitable Corporation and Nonprofit Libraries (366 kB) 

Chapter 18: Membership in the Maine Regional Library System (274 kB) 

Chapter 19: Library Building and Services Accessibility (380 kB) 

Chapter 20: Library Friends Groups (267 kB) 

Chapter 21: Trustee Orientation and Continuing Education (374 kB) 

Chapter 22: The Library Advisory Board (492 kB) 

Appendices Index (245 kB) 

Appendix A (1985 kB) 

Appendix B (568 kB) 

Appendix C (446 kB) 

Appendix D (6467 kB) 

Bibliography (349 kB) 

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