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Pros and Cons of serving on a Board of Directors

Many organizations, including law libraries have a Board of Directors that set the tone and direction of the library's mission and core functions. But what if you, the librarian, are asked to serve on someone else's Board of Directors? It could be anything - a non-profit organization, your homeowner's association, your local public library - ​whatever. Should you do it? What will you get out of serving? How could it affect your career? What are the professional and legal consequences if things go badly? What can you do ahead of time to avoid these pitfalls? And ultimately is it worth the time and effort to serve?


Issues discussed could include researching the institution connected to the Board of Directors, benefits from serving, pitfalls and dangers of serving, and how to avoid them, and how to exit gracefully if all else fails.



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Idea No. 168