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In order to be effective, board members must have sufficient knowledge of board governance and issues that are central to the role of the library in the community. Ongoing training ensures that board members focus on good governance, strategic directions and policy implications rather than on operational details. This policy ensures that board members have access to, and avail themselves of, training opportunities.


  1. To ensure ongoing education, the board will:

    1. schedule time for board training
    2. maintain a membership in the Ontario Library Association and the Ontario Library Boards' Association
    3. assign a representative who will attend the regional Trustee Council meetings and report back to the board
    4. fund two board members to attend a relevant conference (e.g. OLA Superconference) annually
  2. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will provide information to the Board about training and networking opportunities offered by various organizations in Ontario.
  3. The cost of any training must be approved by the board or CEO before it is undertaken.
  4. Board members will report on their participation in training or networking events.
  5. In the first year of its term, the board will review and discuss each module of the Library Board Development Kit, prepared by Southern Ontario Library Service.
  6. Board members are encouraged to participate in training opportunities that include, but are not limited to:

    1. effective governance
    2. planning
    3. advocacy
    4. funding development
    5. decision making
  7. The internal auditor will provide a presentation on fiduciary responsibilities to both the Finance and Audit Committee and the Board at least once a year.
    1. risk management;
    2. legal roles and responsibilities of officers and directors
  8. insurance

Final Approval Date: June 27, 2013
Motion #: 13.06.48
Next Review Date: 2017
Supersedes Policy Dated: New
Motion #: Page 2 of 2
Filed in: Board Manual, Added to website