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Training for Alabama Trustees: Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes for Trustees

APLS is implementing a new state aid requirement mandating the completion of APLS-provided board training by the end of FY2021. Specifically: “In order to receive state aid, a library board must…designate at least two board members to complete APLS trustee training (effective 2021)” 520-2-2-.03 (2)(c).

What this means is that each library board must at all times have at least two sitting members who have undergone training. We are opening training at the beginning of FY2020 to ensure that all library boards have adequate time to complete it.

To fulfill this requirement, APLS has contracted with ALA’s United for Libraries to provide a program of short instructional videos (8-10 minutes each) covering the following subjects:

  • What It Means to Be a Trustee;
  • Board Meetings;
  • Board Ethics;
  • Library Advocacy;
  • Library Policies;
  • Strategic Planning;
  • Working with Friends;
  • Evaluating the Library Director;
  • Board Self Evaluation; and,
  • Succession Planning and New Board Orientation.

Board members must watch each video to fulfill this requirement. While individual members can watch this on their own time, boards should consider viewing and discussing the materials during regularly scheduled meetings. 

Registration and Logging In

Click here to create a new account. 

This link will take you to a United for Libraries trustee training registration page. Input Alabama as your state of residence and fill out the remaining information when prompted. Once you've completed the form, check your email for a message with the subject "Redeem your copy of Alabama Trustee Training". Click on the confirmation button in this email to create a password to access Short Takes for Trustees. Once you have these credentials, login here to access Short Takes for Trustees.

For immediate assistance Monday to Friday between 9AM and 5PM eastern, call (312) 280-2161.

Reporting Completions

Reporting to APLS is automatic. Please note that users must watch each video from start to finish to receive credit. Users will receive a confirmation email for each completed video and a certificate of completions for watching all Short Takes for Trustees videos.