RAILS Board Portal - Training and Educational Resources

Trustee Training

Our partnership with United for Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) provides you with the online training resource, Short Takes for Trustees.

Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes for Trustees is a series of short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during board meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries.

Topics in this series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should), along with board self-evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.

RAILS Continuing Education: Trustee Development

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Freedom of Information Act/Open Meetings Act Hotline

Illinois public library directors and Freedom of Information Act/Open Meetings Act officers can use our FOIA/OMA Hotline to receive free help from an Ancel Glink attorney on basic questions like:

  • Are trustee text messages subject to FOIA if they are sent via their private phones?
  • If the requested records are on the library's website, do I still have to provide a copy?
  • Can I charge for electronic records?
  • Does the OMA require a library board to adopt public comment rules?
  • Can a trustee on vacation participate in a board meeting electronically?
  • How long do we have to keep our audio recordings of closed sessions?

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