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The Library Board is made up of seven (7) members:

    *Seeking 2 other members

Don Moody: President

Cody Coffelt: Vice President

Gloria Christie: Secretary

Sara Coree: Library Director

Brandie Chevalier

 

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