Training Program Highly Popular With Public Library Board Trustees

Friday, January 15, 2016

About one-third of the state's public library board members have already signed up for a certification program created by the Tennessee State Library and Archives within the first six months of the program's existence.

The Tennessee Trustee Certification Program was launched July 1, 2015 to serve these volunteer board members (called trustees in state law). It includes 10 short online courses that provide training on various aspects of library management. Each course ends with a test. Trustees must score at least 80 percent on all 10 tests in order to be certified.

Those who complete the program remain certified for three years.

There are about 1,000 trustees serving on public county and city library boards throughout the state, appointed by their local government officials. They serve without any compensation, donating their time and expertise to help oversee the libraries. So far, 347 have enrolled in the program and 166 have completed all 10 courses to become certified. All members of the Lewis County Public Library Board, Maury County Public Library Board and Minor Hill Library Board have completed the certification process.

"This training program is another way that the State Library and Archives provides support to public libraries throughout the state," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I'm encouraged that so many trustees have signed up for the program. I hope they will be joined very soon by even more of their colleagues. These courses each take about an hour to complete, but they contain valuable information that will help trustees perform their jobs more effectively."

Here are a few of the comments received from trustees who have completed the program:

"Well done! Loved the enthusiasm of the presenters. The ones who put in funny tidbits were amusing. The presenters who had outlines and handouts were especially helpful."

"This program is very good even if a person has been a trustee for many years. It is especially good for new trustees."

"Thanks for offering this. As a new trustee, this type of information is very helpful and gives a more confident feeling of responsibilities and duties."

"I am new as a library trustee and this my primary reason for thinking the courses were perfect. They gave me great information and put a lot of things into perspective."

Here is the list of public library board members certified through the Tennessee Trustee Certification Program:

First Name Last Name Library Board County
Marti Agler Sevier County Library Board Sevier
Beverly Ailey Sevier County Library Board Sevier
Tommy Allmon McIver's Grant Library Board Dyer
Laura Arnold Campbell County Library Board Campbell
Jim Arnold Campbell County Library Board Campbell
Madeline Bailey Minor Hill Library Board Giles
Earl Bates Middleton Community Library Board Hardeman
Bill Beaty Blount County Public Library Board Blount
Gerald Beavers Clarksville/Montgomery County Public Library Board Montgomery
Patricia Bell Perry County Library Board Perry
Patricia B Bigbee Magness Library Board Warren
Brenda Black Mildred G Fields Memorial Library Board Gibson
Bert Bosse Brentwood Library Board of Trustees Williamson
Kathryn Boudreau-Henry Linebaugh Public Library System Board Rutherford
Tim Bowling Linebaugh Public Library System Board Rutherford
Rick Boyd Stewart County Library Board Stewart
Debbie Brasfield Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Brenda Brown Marshall County Memorial Library Board Marshall
Terry Bryan Fentress County Library Board Fentress
Danny Bryant Fayetteville-Lincoln County Library Board Lincoln
Jerry Bull Williamson County Public Library Board Williamson
Paul Bullington Newbern City Library Board Dyer
Jim Burgin Brentwood Library Board of Trustees Williamson
Pat Bush Smith County Library Board Smith
Lori Byington Bristol Public Library Board Sullivan
Dennis R Coleman McKenzie Memorial Library Board Carroll
Katherine Collier Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Susie Compton Fayetteville-Lincoln County Library Board Lincoln
Dr. Damaris F Cook McIver's Grant Library Board Dyer
Gail Cooke Crockett Memorial Library Board Crockett
Sherri Copeland Moore County Public Library Board Moore
Betsy S Crossley Brentwood Library Board of Trustees Williamson
Genrose Davis Justin Potter Library Board DeKalb
Christie Decker Benton County Library Board Benton
Amy P Dietrich Jackson-Madison County Library Board Madison
Charlotte Doaks Gibson County Memorial Library Board Gibson
Shari Dodd Moore County Public Library Board Moore
Lawrence Douglas Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Harriet Drewry Dr. Nathan Porter Library Board Weakley
David Duggan Blount County Public Library Board Blount
Nelda Durham Humphreys County Library Board Humphreys
Christopher Dyer Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
Joe Emery McIver's Grant Library Board Dyer
Dian S Ezell Lawrence County Library Board Lawrence
Barbara Fagen Cleveland-Bradley County Library Board Bradley
Margaret B Feierabend Bristol Public Library Board Sullivan
Rena Finley Marshall County Memorial Library Board Marshall
Johnnie Freedle Sumner County Library Board Sumner
Michael Fulbright Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Judy Godfrey Sevier County Library Board Sevier
John Blakeley Goodloe Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Annette Greek Justin Potter Library Board DeKalb
Lewis Green Williamson County Public Library Board Williamson
Gary E Green Linebaugh Public Library System Board Rutherford
Patsy Griner Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
Suzanne Hall Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Holt Hall Somerville-Fayette County Library Board Fayette
Carolyn Halliburton Smith County Library Board Smith
Patsy Hamlin Sharon Library Board Weakley
Dr. Cathy Hammon Blount County Public Library Board Blount
Carol Harris McIver's Grant Library Board Dyer
Mandie Harris Moore County Public Library Board Moore
William H Harrison Minor Hill Library Board Giles
Lisa Harrison Art Circle Library Board Cumberland
Joyce Haworth Sharon Library Board Weakley
David Hazlett Moore County Public Library Board Moore
Patrick Hicks Elizabethton-Carter County Library Board Carter
Lisa Hill Benton County Library Board Benton
Nancy Hinds Weldon Public Library Board Weakley
Barbara J Hinson Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
Lynn Hixson Jefferson County Library Board Jefferson
Nola Hobbs McKenzie Memorial Library Board Carroll
Jane Hobson Justin Potter Library Board DeKalb
Brenda Hooper Justin Potter Library Board DeKalb
Archie H III Hubbard Bristol Public Library Board Sullivan
Robert Hurt Hamilton Parks Library Board Dyer
Johnnie Pearl Hussey Bobby Martindale Memorial Library Board Hardeman
Gerard Hynes Moore County Public Library Board Moore
Betty R Johnston Rockwood Public Library Board Roane
Ocal P Jones Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
Paulette L Jones Meigs County - Decatur Public Library Board Meigs
Gregory Jordan Jackson-Madison County Library Board Madison
Mary Ann Jordan Stewart County Library Board Stewart
Lola Kambri Greeneville-Greene County Library Board Greene
Rhonda Keisling Fred A Vaught Memorial Library Board Trousdale
Rachel Killebrew Magness Library Board Warren
Lizzie Krump Williamson County Public Library Board Williamson
Penny Hearn Law McIver's Grant Library Board Dyer
Christie Lee Linebaugh Public Library System Board Rutherford
Ben Little Tipton County Public Library Board Tipton
Laura Long Moore County Public Library Board Moore
Carol Renee Looney Marion County Library Board Marion
Larry Luzader Moore County Public Library Board Moore
Mary Lou Marks Benton County Library Board Benton
Jean Marsh Magness Library Board Warren
Laura McClendon Brentwood Library Board of Trustees Williamson
Brenda McDonald Bradford Smith County Library Board Smith
N P McWhirter Magness Library Board Warren
Felicia Miller Scott County Library Board Scott 
E Joyce Morris Meigs County - Decatur Public Library Board Meigs
Viscen Charles Morrow Lee Ola Roberts Library Board Hardeman
Walter Morton Bristol Public Library Board Sullivan
Ellarine Moses Obion County Library Board Obion
Mary Anne Mudd Sumner County Library Board Sumner
Chitra Mukherji Magness Library Board Warren
William T Mullican Magness Library Board Warren
Shanta J Murray Williamson County Public Library Board Williamson
John Myers Meigs County - Decatur Public Library Board Meigs
Bette Myers Magness Library Board Warren
Charles H Nelson Audrey Pack Memorial Library Board Rhea
James R Novotny Tipton County Public Library Board Tipton
Claudia Oakes Giles County Public Library Board Giles
Mary Padget Fentress County Library Board Fentress
Sylvia Palmer McIver's Grant Library Board Dyer
Betty Pankey Justin Potter Library Board DeKalb
Lona Parker Marion County Library Board Marion
Charlotte Petty Dickson County Public Library Board Dickson
Adrienne Phillips Humphreys County Library Board Humphreys
Richard W Pierce Pickett County Library Board Pickett
Virginia Ponder Minor Hill Library Board Giles
David Ponder Minor Hill Library Board Giles
Kay Pounds Gibson County Memorial Library Board Gibson
Pat Price Marion County Library Board Marion
Betty Pybas Gibson County Memorial Library Board Gibson
Jane Darrah Ramsey Justin Potter Library Board DeKalb
William Reffert McIver's Grant Library Board Dyer
Linda Rice Minor Hill Library Board Giles
Peggy Richardson Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Cissy Riley Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
James R Robinson Campbell County Library Board Campbell
Barbara Russell Sumner County Library Board Sumner
Harry D Sabine Art Circle Library Board Cumberland
Susan A Schneibel Blount County Public Library Board Blount
Judy Schoen Cannon County Library Board Cannon
Robert MD Shull Ridgely Public Library Board Lake
Glena Sikes Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
James Sirmans Tellico Plains Library Board Monroe
Teresa Smith Audrey Pack Memorial Library Board Rhea
Alisandra Snyder Monroe County Library Board Monroe
Ed Speer Elizabethton-Carter County Library Board Carter
Denise Smith Speight Crockett Memorial Library Board Crockett
Dwight Stanton Tipton County Public Library Board Tipton
Jim Stewart Crockett Memorial Library Board Crockett
Myra Stowers Fentress County Library Board Fentress
Ann Strickland Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
Joan Talley Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
Joan Taylor Gibson County Memorial Library Board Gibson
Michelle Templin Jefferson County Library Board Jefferson
Jan Thomas Justin Potter Library Board DeKalb
Monty G Thomas Shelbyville-Bedford County Library Board Bedford
Beth Thompson Putnam County Library Board Putnam
Roger Turney Cannon County Library Board Cannon
Sandra Umberger Bolivar Hardeman County Library Board Hardeman
Gene Van Horn Audrey Pack Memorial Library Board Rhea
Lonnie VanTrump Art Circle Library Board Cumberland
Wendell Wainwright Somerville-Fayette County Library Board Fayette
Nancy Wallace Gibson County Memorial Library Board Gibson
Van Ward Lewis County Public Library Board Lewis
Sybil Lee Weakley McIver's Grant Library Board Dyer
Paul Webb Brentwood Library Board of Trustees Williamson
Ava Webster Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Carl J Jr Williams Bristol Public Library Board Sullivan
Robert Williams Cocke County Library Board Cocke
Rheaetta F Wilson Shelbyville-Bedford County Library Board Bedford
Martha Woody Maury County Public Library Board Maury
Michele Wright Benton County Library Board Benton
Ann Young Houston County Library Board Houston
Frank Young Houston County Library Board Houston
Dr. Beverly B Youree Gibson County Memorial Library Board Gibson