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Trustee Application Information

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Northbrook Public Library Trustee Vacancy

The Northbrook Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a candidate to fill a temporary vacancy on the Library Board. The selected candidate will serve until the next regular election on April 9, 2013.

The Library Board is composed of seven members and Trustees must be residents of incorporated Northbrook. On average, the Trustee position takes a commitment of up to 12-15 hours per month (this includes 1-2 meetings and preparation).

The application packet must be picked up at the Library Reference Desk, on the second floor.

Please submit completed applications by September 4th to Chadwick Raymond, Executive Librarian, in the Library Business Office. After all the applications have been received, interviews will be scheduled.

The application will include questions such as:

• How many years you’ve lived in Northbrook
• Your educational background
• Your current occupation
• Any involvement in community organizations and if you had specific responsibilities or held office
• Other pertinent information about yourself, such as your hobbies, interests and skills
• Why you want to be a Library Trustee
• How you see the responsibilities of the Library Board as it relates to the operations of the Library

Library Trustee Responsibilities

1) Employ a competent, qualified library director.
2) Create written policy to govern library operations and programs.
3) Determine library goals and secure adequate funding for programs.
4) Know your community and its library needs; keep current on library standards and trends; and support staff and director in carrying out library programs.
5) Participate in the library’s public relations program.
6) Prepare and approve the annual budget.
7) Know local and state library laws and support library legislation in the Illinois and federal governments.
8) Establish a material selection policy for the library.
9) Attend board meetings and see that accurate records are kept on file at the library.
10) Attend Trustee meetings and workshops, join professional library organizations.
11) Be aware of the State Library and read state and national publications.
12) Report regularly to governing officials and the general public.

For more information, contact Chadwick Raymond, Executive Librarian, cray@northbrook.info or 847-272-7084.