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​Kentucky Public Library Directors’ Toolkit

In public libraries, library directors assume a wide variety of duties in addition to being a leader in moving the library forward in our library world of constantly changing technology and circumstances. To differing degrees, based on the size of the library organization, these duties will include operations of the library facility, management of personnel, oversight of finances, development and implementation of policies and procedures, interaction and collaboration with numerous community organizations and local officials, advocacy for funding and support, planning for the future, and advising the library board on all facets of library business.

The resources provided on this page will help administrators in fulfilling these duties by supplying information and direction in each of these areas. More detailed information and help is always available through your KDLA Regional Librarian. KDLA also provides a Monthly Report that is distributed to directors and trustees.


Public libraries in Kentucky have been established using various statutes.  The majority of these libraries are districts with taxing authority and are governed by a board of five trustees.  There are many reporting requirements to which all libraries are subject, regardless of the method of formation.  There are also some requirements that apply only to those libraries formed as local taxing districts, now defined as Special Purpose Governmental Entities.

This section touches on the highlights of governance of the public library.   There are many statutes that apply to the duties and ways in which the board must operate.  For more in-depth discussion on the board's part in library governance, it is suggested that the library director become familiar with the Kentucky Public Library Trustee Manual.

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Questions?

​If you have questions regarding Kentucky public library administrator resources, contact Nikole Gieske by email at Nikole.Gieske​@ky.gov or by phone at 502-564-1730.

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