Begin adopting policies

It is wise to develop some interim policies to put in place until the board can review, change, and develop better policies. Policy development should be a thoughtful process so the board and director need to take their time as they adopt new policies for the district. If you are an existing library this might mean adopting your current policies. If you are not currently a library then you will need to at least adopt a personnel policy and some basic policies about use of the library.

Adopting interim policies will give the board and director time to develop policies that reflect the mission and services of the new library district. Perhaps there are some things that need to change as the library becomes a library district. This is a good time to make those changes. The board may want to appoint one or two board members to a policy committee that also includes the director and/or staff. This committee can review policies and present them to the full board throughout the year.

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