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The Library Board is made up of seven (7) members:
Don Moody: President
I live in rural Collins with my spouse, Lisa, and our two daughters, where they have a small hobby farm. My family loves the community spirit and has become involved in the many activities offered throughout the year. The entire family is voracious readers and are very excited that Collins has a great well stocked library.
Growing up in rural Nebraska, my only access to a library was the book mobile which was an RV retrofitted with shelves end to end. When asked if I would become a library board member, knowing the importance of a good library to a small community, I was more than willing to volunteer my time, along with my family's, to keep our library assessable and a focal point of our community.
Cody Coffelt: Vice President
I am a native of West Central, Iowa where I grew up on a farm. I was an avid sports player and attended Grand View University. After college, I married and settled outside of Collins where I am raising 2 children (Caleb (10), Callahan (7) with my husband, Nick. I teach at Collins-Maxwell HS focusing on at-risk and ESL students. I am a coach, yearbook advisor, help with NHS, drive buses from time to time and generally help out whenever asked. When I am not at school I can be found at my children's sporting events, or around the farm. I truly enjoy spending time with family, riding horses, and reading. I am currently serving on the library board and have since 2016.
Katie Baldwin: Secretary
My husband, Jake, and I have lived in Collins for 10 years and have two kids: Jonas and Jaida. We also have a German Shepard, Niko, who is 12 years old. We are members of the Collins Christian Church and the Wellness Center, along with the Library. I have been part of the library board for 4 years now and was part of the Friends of the Library committee for about a year before that. I love Collins and the people who reside here, and I enjoy helping our small community however I can!
Sara Coree: Library Director
I grew up in Collins and have lived here most of my life. I am married to Josh Chevalier, of Colo, and together we are raising two beautiful children, MaKenzee and Declan. I am extremely involved in my community, as well as my children. I am the director of coaching for the Collins-Maxwell Soccer board, serve on both the Library and Wellness boards and hold a chair on the Collins Days planning committee. I enjoy sports, with this in mind, I host the Collins Summer Sand Volleyball games with the final tournament being on Collins Days. I love my hometown community and am excited to be part of it.
As a public library director, you are the department head of a city service and are responsible for the day-to-day management of the library. The director acts as the professional/technical adviser to the library board on policy, finances, planning, library performance and more.
A library director's duties include:
- Oversight of the library budget and preparing reports as required by the board
- Managing library collections, including selecting all library material according to policies approved by the board, oversight of cataloging and automated library systems
- Hiring, training, supervising, and scheduling library staff
- Supervising circulation of library material
- Cooperating with the board, community officials, and groups in planning library services and publicizing library programs
- Supervising the maintenance of all library facilities and equipment.
The library board has five primary roles:
- Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community.To be a library advocate is to work to make sure the community has the best possible library service including working to obtain adequate funding for the library.
- Plan for the future of the library. 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.
- 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. 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 library service.
- Adopt library policies. Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library. The library board spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies. Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day-to-day basis.
- Hire and evaluate the library director.The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library. The board also regularly evaluates the director to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.
Some of the ways the roles of the library director and the board differ are:
- The library director may suggest or draft policies. It is the board that actually adopts the policies. Once a policy is adopted, the director and staff carry it out as they operate the library.
- The board hires and evaluates the library director while the director hires and evaluates other staff.
- The library director may draft a budget request; the board officially adopts the budget