Library Board of Trustees

 

 

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.

 

The Bloomfield Public Library's Board meets the

2nd Tuesday of every month at 5:15pm unless otherwise posted.

 

Agenda for 7/13/21

 

I.                    Call to Order and Welcome Guests

 

II.                  Public Comments

 

III.                Approve Consent Agenda

A.      June 2021, no quorum

B.       Claims as presented

 

IV.               Unfinished Business

A.     Computer usage 

1.      Along with discussion of privacy/Covid dividers

B.      Any updates on Foundation & what we can use money for?

 

V.                 New Business

A.      Blood drive request from Impact Life

B.       Gilfillan check

C.      Robert: discussion of compressor issues

 

VI.               Reports

A.      Budget/Finance

B.       Building & Grounds

C.       Nominating

D.      Personnel

E.       Policy

F.        Public Relations

G.     Technology

 

VII.             Adjournment

 

Trustee Name

Contact Info

Term Ends

Russ Mikels (Pres.)

mikelsre@netins.net

06/2026

Roger Wuthrich (VP) [rural]

rwuthrich@netins.net

06/2026

Lindsey Helton

Lindsey.helton@dcmustangs.com

06/2022

Marilyn Piper

Piper.marilyn@gmail.com

06/2024

Pam Strachan

pamjstrachan@gmail.com

06/2022

Amy Tyson

tysonmomma@hotmail.com

06/2027

Shannon Vesely [rural]

veselyss11@gmail.com

06/2024

Sheila Westegard

swestegard@hotmail.com

06/2027

Brad Woolard

bwoolard1121@gmail.com

      06/2022

 

This link is to the city website and outlines, pages 51-55, the city and library affiliation:

City of Bloomfield Ordinances, Chapter 21: Library Board of Trustees

This Iowa Library Trustee's Handbook is available through the State Library of Iowa:  Iowa Library Trustee's Handbook, 2021 edition

 

Other resources: