Public Library Boards

Duty of the Library Board

Library Board

  1. According to the requirements of the Code of Ordinance, City of Bedford Chapter 21, the Board of Trustees shall consist of 8 resident members and 1 nonresident member. The members are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council. The nonresident member is to be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the County board of Supervisors.
  2. The general powers and duties of the Board of Library Trustees are specified in Chapter 21 of the City Ordinance, City of Bedford
  3. The Board will exercise its powers and duties as follows:
      • Employ a competent and qualified Librarian, also hereinafter called the Director.
      • Cooperate with the director in determining and adopting written policies to govern the operation and programs of the library, including, but not limited to, personnel policies and policies governing the selection of library materials, supplies and equipment.
      • Report to and cooperate with public officials, boards, and the community as a whole to support a public relations program for the library.
      • Assist in the preparation of and seek adequate support for the annual library budget.
      • Develop long-range goals for the library and work towards the achievement of these goals.

Officers

  1. The officers of the Board will be a President, Vice President and a Secretary.  Their terms of office shall be for six years, except to fill vacancies.  Officers may succeed themselves in office.  Elections shall take place at the June meeting.
  2. The duties of all officers shall be such as by custom and law and the rules of the Board usually develop upon such officers in accordance with their titles.

Meetings

  1. Regular meetings shall be held on the first Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Library reading room.
  2. An Agenda for Board meeting shall be prepared by the Director and posted in a public place at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. (Bulletin Board in front lobby of Library).
  3. All meetings of the Board are to be open to members of the public who wish to observe.  Non-Board members who wish to address the Board should request a place on the agenda no later than ½ hour before the time established for the meeting.  The request may be directed to the President, the Secretary, or the Director.