The Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) is a non-profit, cooperative public library system chartered in 1959 by the New York State Board of Regents. RCLS working cooperatively with its member libraries, provides coordinated services, guidance, training, support and leadership to member library trustees and staff to sustain their effort to be responsive, proactive, vital community institutions that meet the changing needs of their users in Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and southern Ulster counties. Working in cooperation with member libraries, RCLS helps to raise awareness about library services and works to eliminate barriers to library access and use.
Read more about RCLS, and the services we provide, here.
The purpose of this guide is to create an asynchronous setting by which trustees may learn or revisit important information in order to successfully govern a library board. While there are several modules by which trustees are encouraged to complete, any questions that arise should first be directed toward the Director of your library and may then be posed to Grace Riario, Executive Director of Ramapo Catskill Library System.
It is recommended that the modules be completed in order as each module will building upon previous information. In addition to these modules, each Board of Trustee must complete Sexual Harassment training. This annual training is mandated by the state of New York.
Print copies of this handbook may be requested from Ramapo Catskill Library System by emailing Grace Riario. Review the contents and information within this document as you complete each module within the Board of Trustee training.