Library Board

 

Purpose:

The Board has fiduciary responsibility and appoints the full-time professional Library Director. The Board is also responsible for long range and strategic planning and stewarding a historical building and its grounds and art collection. The Board develops the operating policies, which are implemented and administered by the Library Director. These policies govern the operation of the Library services and maintenance of the Library buildings and grounds. Last, members of the Board serve as advocates for the Library in the community at large.

Quick Facts:

  • Members: Nine (9) trustees, selected by the Caucus, are appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council.  This board is composed of City of Lake Forest residents.
  • Term: Three years, three members are appointed annually. The appointments run from July 1 to June 30. Trustees serve without remuneration of any kind. Trustees may not serve more than two consecutive three-year terms.
  • Time Commitment: Approximately 5 to 6 hours per month. In addition, Trustees are assigned to one or more committees related to services, finance, and long-range planning.
  • Background: Trustees should show knowledge of the Lake Forest Library’s mission and strategic plan, and have an understanding of the foundation of libraries and information science, including life-long learning, literacy, STEM, books and e-resources, technology, intellectual freedom and censorship, programming and services, and the role libraries and information play in society today

Meetings:

  • When: The Board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Lake Forest Library

Activities:

  • Determine the mission and vision of the Library and adopt written policies, consistent with that mission, to govern the operation of the Library.
  • Secure adequate funds for all necessary Library operations and participate in the annual budget process.
  • Approve expenditures of Library funds.
  • Receive gifts and grants on behalf of the Library.
  • Prepare a job description for, hire, and provide regular periodic evaluations of the Library Director.
  • Be knowledgeable about and comply with applicable laws, regulations, bylaws, and policies.
  • Engage in long range strategic planning process for the Library.
  • Work actively for the improvement of all libraries at the local, state, and national level.
  • Become familiar with what constitutes good library service by reading, attending library meetings, and visiting other libraries.
  • Responsibly steward a historically significant building, its grounds and art collection.
  • Advocate to the community and constituents for the Library and for Board decisions.
  • Participate fully in the Board meeting process: review materials that are sent to Board members prior to meetings and be prepared to participate fully in Board and Board committee meetings.