Library Boards Crash Course: How to Create and Maintain Successful Board Relationships

Impact your community and staff by building lasting relationships with your board. 




Course Description 

Guest speaker sessions via Zoom:
Tuesday,  Jan. 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm ET (recordings available)

Continuity and successful relationships between library leaders and boards are more important than ever. This crash course will help you learn tangible skills to build and maintain successful relationships with your board. You will learn how to navigate board dynamics and expectations without sacrificing the support of staff, particularly your frontline folks. This crash course will discuss tactics for embodying the bridge between sometimes competing interests or expectations, and how to do so equitably.


The live sessions run on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 from approximately 2:00-4:00 pm ET (recorded for on-demand viewing). Don’t miss this opportunity!




When you sign up early, you’ll have immediate access to our Early Access On Demand Resources—a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors along with rich, supporting materials in the form of readings, activities, and videos—to explore at your own pace.

Who should take this course 

Current and aspiring library leaders who want to gain understanding of and strategies for successful relationships with your board.

Live sessions are also available on demand 

Can’t make a live session? All guest speaker sessions are recorded and available on demand following the initial broadcast. Asynchronous workshops allow you to complete assignments and receive feedback from experts.

Certificate of completion provided 

2 professional development credit hours

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Group Rates

Have a team attend and increase your impact!

Discounted registration fees are available for groups of 3 or more. When you register your team for our online courses, they will be placed in the same small workshop group, where discussions and project-based assignments receive feedback from an experienced librarian.

Send us a request for a quote.

If your group prefers to work separately, just let us know.




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Tuesday, Janurary 31, 2023

Session 1 | 2:00-2:40 pm ET

Roles, Expectations, and Boundaries: How to Cultivate Relationships with Your Board

Understanding and establishing clear structures and responsibilities with your Board is key in cultivating sustainable, productive relationships. This session will discuss tangible strategies for effective communication and defining and setting roles and expectations with your Board. You will also learn tips for how to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to challenges. 


Valerie Kocin, Branch Manager at Cuyahoga County Public Library


Session 2 | 2:40-2:50 pm ET

Informational Session about LJ/SLJ Professional Development

Interested in what’s next or how to go even deeper? This session will provide more information about our spring courses, including our 3-week course, Equity-Centered Library Leadership, which will pair well with what you learned here. Take this opportunity to ask questions about our full roster of courses, gain transparency into our process, and give your feedback about what you’d like us to do next.


Break | 2:50-3:00 pm ET


Session 3 | 3:00-3:40 pm ET

How to Engage Your Board in Your Advocacy and EDI Efforts 

Part of cultivating sustainable relationships with your board is helping them understand their role in library advocacy as well as your equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. This session will discuss tactics for connecting the board's work to your advocacy and EDI work, and will help you define your board’s role in these efforts.


To be announced 



Session 4 | 3:40-4:00 pm ET

Apply Your Learning: Live, Interactive, Expert-Led Working Session

This live working session will give you an immediate opportunity to apply the skills you’ve learned in the previous sessions. You will be put into small peer groups and given relevant prompts to work through together. Expert facilitators will also be available for live Q&A and feedback.


To be announced 








Online Course Preview

A preview of how we build your library skills and bring inspiration to your projects with our online learning experience.

Course Format


Inspiring Live Guest Speakers 



Live session with Andrea Blackman and Tasneem Ansariyah Grace

Live Guest Speakers Each Week

  • Engage with presenters via live video stream, visual presentations, and chats


Online Course Features


Recordings of guest speakers

Recordings Available After The Live Session

  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live video stream (with recordings available afterward)



Early Access On Demand Resources

Early Access and Ongoing Resources To Support Learning

  • Supporting resources (articles, videos, worksheets) in the online classroom to provide a foundation for your work
  • Access all course content for six months after the course ends
  • Bonus: Register early and get immediate access to archival video recordings from related courses and other bonus content




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