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Appendix B - Governance/Administration

Is your administration and board aware of all their responsibilities needed to organize and run a library? This section covers the responsibilities of boards and staff that organize the activities of the library's long-term objectives. There are two kinds of library boards in Michigan, advisory and governing.

What are the essentials of administration?

Library of Michigan Manuals and Guides

Other Manual, Workbooks and Guides

What to remember when considering a policy

Sample Policy Resources

 (see also the links at the Library of Michigan's Human Resources Appendix A)

General Policies from Michigan Libraries



Bulletin Boards


Children's Services


Collection Development

  • See Collection Development Appendix A

Data Security (see also Technology Appendix)


Financial Policies

Freedom of Information Act

Human Resources

  • See Human Resources Appendix A

Intellectual Freedom

  • See Collection Development Appendix D
  • Intellectual Freedom Manual by the Office for Intellectual Freedom. Chicago: ALA, 2005.

Internet access

Library Law Handbook

Media Contact Policy

Meeting rooms

Open Meeting Act

Outreach services

  • Handicapped
  • Homebound
  • Institutional

Outside Cooperation: Sharing of resources and establishing of networks

Patriot Act

Patron Privacy


Problem behavior

Public Relations

Records Retention

Reference Services

  • Homework assignments
  • Online searches
  • Reference interview


Social Media

Strategic Planning 

The plan includes a community profile using census reports, local government documents, chamber of commerce materials, and special community planning reports. The plan includes a mission statement, goals, objectives, strategies, an implementation schedule and an evaluation plan. The plan is reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Technology: See Technology Appendix E


  • Conflict of Interest sample:

Section 1. Board members may not in their private capacity negotiate, bid for, or enter into a contract with the ____________Public Library in which they have a direct or indirect financial interest.
Section 2. A board member shall withdraw from Board discussion, deliberation, and vote on any matter in which the Board member, an immediate family member, or an organization with which the Board member is associated has a substantial financial interest.
Section 3. A board member may not receive anything of value that could reasonably be expected to influence his or her vote or other official action.

Unattended Children

Wireless Use