Library Board of Trustees

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

  • Kristin Oppel, President
    Term expires: June 2018
  • Karen Nelson, Vice President
    Term expires: June 2022
  • Nikki Allers, Secretary
    Term expires: June 2020
  • Barb Arland-Fye, Trustee
    Term expires: June 2020
  • Doug Elliot, Trustee
    Term expires: June 2018
  • Michael Souhrada, Trustee
    Term expires: June 2020
  • Meredith Zeitlow, Trustee
    Term expires: June 2020

Other Information

Five Primary Roles of the Library Board of Trustees:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 board 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.
  • 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.
  • Set library policies. The library board spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies. A 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.

To learn more about the standards of how Public Library Boards operate in the State of Iowa, please visit the State Library of Iowa Library Trustees web page.