1.102 Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Employ a competent and qualified librarian.
  2. Determine and adopt written policies to govern the operation and program of the library's program.
  3. Determine the purposes of the library and secure adequate funds to carry on the library's program.
  4. Know the program and needs of the library in relation to the community; keep abreast of standards and library trends; plan and carry out the library program.
  5. Establish, support, and participate in a planned public relations program.
  6. Assist in the preparation of the annual budget.
  7. Know local and state laws; actively support library legislation in the state and nation.
  8. Establish among the library policies those dealing with book and material selection.
  9. Attend all board meetings and see that accurate records are kept on file at the library.
  10. Attend regional, state, and national trustee meetings and workshops, and affiliate with the appropriate professional organizations.
  11. Be aware of the services of the state library.
  12. Report regularly to the governing officials and the general public.
*Virginia G. Young, the Trustee of a small Public Library, Number 3 of the series: The Small Public Library, Chicago, ALA, 1962. Reprinted with permission. (As Amended)
  1. Act as technical advisor to the board; recommend needed policies for board action; recommend employment of all personnel and supervise their work.
  2. Be responsible for hiring, dismissal, disciplining, and promotion of all library personnel.
  3. Carry out the policies of the library as adopted by the board.
  4. Suggest and carry out plans for extending the library's services and facilities.
  5. Prepare regular reports embodying the library's current progress and future needs; cooperate with the board to plan and carry out the library program.
  6. Maintain an active program of public relations.
  7. Prepare an annual budget for the library in consultation with the board and give a current report of expenditures against the budget at each meeting.
  8. Know local and state laws; actively support library legislation in the state and nation.
  9. Have over-all responsibility for selection, acquisition, processing, and maintenance of all Library materials.
  10. Attend all board meetings other than those in which his own salary or tenure are under discussion; may serve as secretary of the board.
  11. Affiliate with local, state and national professional organizations and attend professional meetings and workshops.
  12. Make use of the services and consultants of the state library.
  13. Report regularly to the library board, to the officials of local government, and to the general public.