Public library boards have five primary roles:
1. Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community as a member of the library board. To be a library advocate is to work for the betterment of library services for the community. Advocacy includes working to obtain adequate funding for the library; pursuing opportunities to meet and speak with community groups; getting to know the mayor and city council; making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.
2. Plan for the future of the library. Planning is one of the most important trusts that the community gives to the library board. Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years. It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.
3. Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library. The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should. For example, the library boards is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent. The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid. The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with the service received from the library.
4. Set library policies. The library boards spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies. (Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library.) Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day to day basis.
5. Hire and evaluate the library director. The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library and works with the director, carefully respecting each other’s roles. The board also regularly evaluates the director to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.
David Elliott, President
Sandy Seeman, Secretary
Sandra Dickson, Vice President
Open Board Member Position
Recruitment for a Library Board Opening
From the Woodward Public Library
The Woodward Public Library (WPL) believes in the freedom to read and learn, and the freedom to compare and express ideas. WPL strives to provide educational, cultural, and social enrichment for all residents of the city of Woodward and surrounding areas.
If you have passion, intellectual curiosity, and are eager to help us reach our long term goals and live out our mission statement please apply below.
The Woodward Public Library seeks new trustees to serve on the board for a 4 year term. The meets on the first Monday of every month at 5pm. As a board member, you should be a member in good standing with your library. The board is composed of seven members appointed by the Mayor, charged with overseeing the Library services, policies, planning, and expenditures. Serving on the board requires a person that is proficient in teamwork and possesses knowledge of the community. The recruit must be willing to contribute time and skills to the advocacy and betterment of the library with the goal of maintaining and improving library services.
January 3, 2022