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Boards & Trustee Information

The Colorado State Library regularly offers in-person and virtual training and consulting for public library boards.
Topics include:

  • The Basics of Good Governance
  • Legal Hot Topics for Libraries
  • Trustee Fiduciary Duties
  • Introduction to Strategic Planning
  • Board Self-Regulation Tactics
  • The Interrelationship Amongst Library Governing Boards/Friends/Foundations
  • Current Trends in Public Libraries

Contact Jacqueline Murphy (303-866-6891) for further information or to schedule a virtual or in-library board training for your library.

The State Library is in the process of refining trustee training and onboarding offerings, with the help of a steering committee made up of library directors and trustees. If you are interested in this effort, please contact Jacqueline Murphy.

Additional Online Training Resources:

Legal and Policy Issues

Disclaimer: This is not intended as legal advice or to serve as a legal opinion of the Colorado Department of Education. Please consult with your city, county or library district attorney, as applicable, for any legal implications for your library.

Strategic Planning

Libraries exist in a political framework, and sometimes either internal or external politics get in the way of our libraries’ missions. CSL facilitation can help your library and community best mitigate this. CSL meeting facilitation is focused on:

  • Shared participation
  • Mediation and conciliation services
  • Improving group dynamics
  • Having effective meetings
  • Strategic and action planning assistance with quality citizen and stakeholder input
  • Assistance with organization and clarifying next steps

For consultation on Strategic Planning, please email Jacqueline Murphy


Contact Jacqueline Murphy with your library’s press releases or event info. We can post it in the State Library homepage and/or share on social media.

Jacqueline Murphy
Public Library and Community Development Senior Consultant
Colorado State Library
201 East Colfax Ave, Room 309
Denver, CO 80203-1799
Phone: 303-866-6891
FAX: 303-866-6940

Prior to her State position, Jacqueline Murphy worked as an attorney for various Colorado library systems, including consulting with cities and counties. At the Colorado State Library, she provides support for public library leaders including resources for library districting, trustee training, director orientation, strategic planning, capital projects and community initiatives

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