Library Board

Library Board

Name Title Town  Term Expires
Dale Peterson President Rural Lawton 2021
Alicia Sanders Vice President
Lawton  
2024
Scott Linden Financial Secretary Moville 2024
Susan Matthias Recording Secretary Rural Hornick 2021
Carol Nelson Trustee Rural Moville 2024
Dennis Boyle Trustee
  Danbury
2021
Barb Tyer Trustee Rural Moville 2026
Julie Hamann Trustee Correctionville 2026
Polly Meissner Trustee Pierson

2026

 

Woodbury County Library Board meet the first Thursday of March, June, October and November or an anlternate day as close to the first Thursday of the designated months as possible.  Boards members are appointed for 6 year term.

 

Public library boards have five primary roles: 

  1.  Hiring the Library Director

The board hires a qualified person to manage the daily operations of the library, working with and in support of the director while mutually respecting each other’s roles. 

 

  1.  Approving and Monitoring the Budget 

Library boards typically have a great deal of authority over the library budget, including approving expenditures, and moving funds between line items.

 

  1.  Developing and Adopting Policies

Library boards must be mindful that they adopt public policy for a public service. They should take care to avoid writing policies that are reactionary or punitive. Instead, policy development should keep community interests at the forefront. Once adopted by the board, library staff work to carry out the policies and communicate them to patrons.

 

  1.  Planning for the Library’s Future

Planning is another important function of the board and should be approached as a continuous process. Planning leads boards to explore possibilities and opportunities, basing decisions on community input and packaging service in response to community needs.

 

  1.  Evaluating Service and Advocating for Advancements

The community puts its faith in the library board to make sure the library is operating within the public trust. The board helps determine whether the community is satisfied with library programming and services. One of the most effective ways to gauge satisfaction with library service is by evaluating the library director’s job performance. Note that trustees can also evaluate their own performance! In exercising this evaluation and advocacy role, boards are pushing for adequate funding, seeking technology advancements, fostering community relationships, and supporting the library staff in terms of salaries, benefits, and working conditions. 

 

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