Trustee Training 2022

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Trustee Training 2022

06/04/2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The NEKLS 2022 Trustee Training will be online, on Saturday June 4 at 10 am (we are planning on going until 11:30 am). Our guest presenter will be Bonnie McKewon of the Iowa State Library, and her presentation is called: The Board’s Role in Storytelling. More information about this online presentation is below. For accreditation purposes, NEKLS requires a quorum of each public library’s board to complete two hours of training each year. This webinar, with the thought that the board will follow it up with a local discussion, will meet this requirement. The webinar will be available as a recording for those who need it. Please note that we do have other resources available for trustee training, but this will be the main live event we offer this year.

Registration for public library directors and their board of trustees is now open:

Here is the link to the slides: The Board’s Role in Storytelling (pdf)

The Board’s Role in Storytelling

“The Board’s Role in Storytelling” suggests ways that trustees can relay more meaningful impact stories about how essential the library is in the community.  Having some basic numbers at hand is a good start, having a ready elevator speech is a good next step.  But telling stories about the difference that the public library makes in people’s lives leads to the most memorable conversations with friends, funders, and advocates.

Based on the book Stories That Stick by Kindra Hall.  From Amazon: “…Telling stories well is a simple, accessible skill that anyone can develop.  Kindra Hall offers specific, actionable steps that readers can take to find, craft, and leverage the stories they already have and simply aren’t telling…”   There is no obligation to read the book prior to the program.


[a] Share the ways in which your board members talk about library service in your circles 
[b] Discuss ways in which your trustees can step into a more meaningful role in “telling stories that stick” about your public library  

Bonnie McKewon is a consultant with the State Library of Iowa (Northwest District office in Sioux City) providing library management training and consulting for 92 public libraries in 14 Northwest Iowa counties. She conducts workshops and webinars for public library staff and boards on a wide variety of topics, from presentation pointers to formulating smart survey questions, from succession planning to encouraging tech savvy trustees.
With an affinity for library board training, she has created many board education programs, including a webinar series titled “The Boardroom.” In addition, she has taught in-person workshops and online board development programs for South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. She has presented at PLA and ARSL conferences, the Iowa Library Association, the Nebraska Library Association, as well as presenting national webinars for WebJunction.
Before joining the State Library, Bonnie was the Administrator of the Northwest Iowa Regional System and formerly the director of Spencer (IA) Public Library.



10:00 am - 11:30 am


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