Board and Staff Relations: Respectful Collaboration

A talk by Ken Allan and Jordan DeSousa
Public Library Services Branch, Municipal Affairs and Public Library Services Branch, Municipal Affairs

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Library boards and library staff both want to provide their communities with the best possible service. While that end goal is clear, the part each plays in achieving it can be a little more complex. Who is responsible for what, how does the work of the board differ from the work of staff, and how do you correct course if roles begin to blur? In this session, we’ll explore those questions and more as we break down the roles and responsibilities of the library board versus the library manager and staff. Along the way, we’ll identify opportunities for collaboration and share best practices for strengthening board and staff relationships. With a focus on topics such as budget, Plan of Service, policies, and programming, you’ll also gain a better understanding of how these roles apply in real-world situations.

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