A comprehensive description of library trustee responsibilities can be found in The Effective Board Member Handbook published by the BC Library Trustees Association. These responsibilities include:
- Know and understand the mission and policies of the Library Board.
- Maintain an objective and unbiased approach free of conflict of interest.
- Develop and approve written policies to govern the operations, services and programs of the Library.
- Attend and participate in the strategic planning process.
- Determine the goals and objectives of the Board and the Library.
- Determine the Library’s role in satisfying the needs of the community.
- Hire a library director to oversee management and day-to-day operation, and evaluate their performance.
- Develop an annual budget and present it to public officials and to the general public.
- Provide suitable premises and equipment
- Regularly attend and participate in meetings of the Board and committees.
- Before the meetings, read the Board or Committee material, which has been sent out ahead of time. Take time to make note of any comments or concerns you have about matters, which will be discussed at the meeting.
- Participate in the discussions and decisions at the time they are taking place.
- Ask questions or request additional information about any issue you do not understand.
- Raise any library-related concerns which you have observed or which community members have brought to your attention.
- Abide by decisions duly made by the Board.
- Attend special events and represent the Library at community functions.
- Participate in library fundraising activities.
- Advocate for the Library in the community and represent the community to the Library.
- Advocate for the needs of the Library with City Council and the provincial government.