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Richard Matthews, a member of the Owen County Public Library Board of Trustees, has completed the Kentucky Public Library Trustee Certification Program.
The trustee certification program is the first of its kind in the state and is available to all Kentucky public library trustees through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. It was created to provide trustees with tools to help fulfill their responsibilities to the libraries and their communities.
Seventy-nine Kentucky public library trustees have completed the certification program, which is voluntary and includes five one-hour classes. Topics covered are trustee and director roles, effective board organization, budget and finances, policies and advocacy. Four of the classes were created by the American Library Association with the remaining class designed and delivered by KDLA.
KDLA provides equitable access to library and resources and services, as well as helps agencies ensure documentation of government programs is created, efficiently maintained and accessible.