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For Public Library Trustees

Library TrusteesThe Library of Michigan serves as an informational clearinghouse and is pleased to furnish public library trustees with a multitude of informational tools. This includes the Trustees Manual and articles on various library law topics. While articles for trustees are intended to be as accurate as possible, the information here may be superseded. Please contact your attorney with specific legal questions.

Library Laws Handbook (Updated May 2013) PDF icon
District Library Law Handbook PDF icon


Manual for Trustees

• Michigan Public Library Trustee Manual (complete 2004 edition) PDF icon

• Financial Management Reference Guide

Trustee Links

• Friends of Michigan Libraries Trustee Alliance

• How to Tell the Story of Your Library's Impact PDF icon An outcomes-based approach for public libraries developed by the Michigan Library Association in association with Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.

• Resources and Trustee Manuals from other States

• United for Libraries: ALTAFF Association of Library Trustees,Advocates,Friends and Foundations

Trustee's Corner

• District Library Establishment Act Changes, 2015 PDF icon District Library Establishment Act Changes, 2015

• Public library fees for Internet access PDF icon

• A sex offender is in the library, what should we do? PDF icon

• A Few Words About Public Libraries and MPAA ratings PDF icon

• Surveillance Tapes and the Michigan Library Privacy Act PDF icon

• Common Misperceptions About the Michigan Library Privacy Act PDF icon

• Library Service Contracts PDF icon

• Bulletin Boards in Public Libraries PDF icon

• 9/11 and Patron Privacy in the Public Library

• The Aftermath of the CIPA Ruling

• Amended Library Privacy Act Addresses Internet Access

• Amendment to District Library Establishment Act

• Bylaws for Public Library Boards

• CIPA Is Revived by the United States Supreme Court

• District Library Law Amendments

• Focus on Establishment Issues

• Four Tests for A Legally-Enforceable Library Policy

• Freedom of Information Act Amendment

• Friends of the Library-Part I: Incorporation

• Friends of the Library-Part II: Fundraising

• The Internet Policy Challenge

• Legislative Update

• Library Privacy Act Issues

• Materials Selection Policies: Eight Elements

• Michigan Public Libraries Retention and Disposal Schedule PDF icon

• The Open Meetings Act

• Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act

• Planning Process A Necessity for Libraries

• Primer on Library Policies

• Public Library Trustee Election Amendments

• Review of Gift Policies

• The USA Patriot Act and Library Privacy

Recent Public Library Millage Election Results

• Michigan public library millage election results PDF icon A listing of Public Library Millage Election Results from 2010 to May 2014

updated 5/12/2014

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