Board of Trustees
Section 1. Duties and Responsibilities
The policy of the Board of Trustees shall be to:
a) Employ a competent and qualified library director
b) Determine and adopt written policies to govern the operation and program of the library
c) Determine the purposes of the library and secure adequate funds to carry on the library programs
d) Know the program and needs of the library in relation to the community; keep abreast of standards and library trends
e) Support and participate in any planned public relations program
f) Assist in the preparation of the annual budget
g) Know local and state laws; actively support library legislation in the state and nation
h) Establish among the library policies those dealing with book and material selection
i) Attend all board meetings and see that accurate records are kept on file at the library
j) Attend regional, state, and national trustee meetings and workshops, and affiliate with the appropriate professional organizations (ALA, SELA, KLA, KLTA, Friends)
k) Be aware of the services of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
l) Report regularly to the governing officials and the general public
Section 2. Appointment
Trustees are appointed by the County Judge-Executive, with the approval of the Fiscal Court, for a term of four (4) years. Except for filling unexpired terms, trustees may serve for two (2) consecutive terms, after which they shall not succeed themselves.
Article IV – Officers
Section 1. Election
Officers of the Board of Trustees shall be elected by the board at the regular annual meeting and shall be as follows: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Section 2. Terms of Office
Officers shall be elected for a term of two (2) years.
Article V -- Duties of Officers
Section 1. President
The President of the Board shall:
a. Preside at all meetings
b. Appoint all committees
c. Sign approved payment voucher at each meeting, authorizing payment of bills
d. Authorize calls for special meetings
e. Sign approved minutes of the previous meeting
f. Sign approved contracts
g. Generally perform the duties of a presiding officer
Section 2. Vice-President
The vice-president of the Board shall:
a. Perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President.
Section 3. Secretary
The Secretary of the Board shall:
a. Keep a true and accurate account of all proceedings of the board meetings
b. Issue notices of all regular meetings and, on authorization of the President, of all special meetings
c. Have custody of the minutes and other records of the board
d. Notify the appointing body of any vacancies on the board
e. Notify any trustee that has missed three (3) regular monthly meetings in any one (1) year of his/her term. The term is the fiscal year, July 1 –June 30
f. Notify any trustee of his/her automatic resignation upon missing four (4) regular monthly meetings in any one (1) year of his/her term
g. Write official letters of the board and keep these filed with official library records
Section 4. Treasurer
The Treasurer of the Board shall:
a. Have charge of the library funds and income
b. Sign checks on the account on the authorization of the Board
c. Report at each meeting on the state of the funds
d. Prepare an annual report for presentation to the Fiscal Court and for publication in a local newspaper
Article VI – Meetings
Section 1. Regular Meeting Time
Regular monthly meetings of the Gallatin County Public Library Board are held at a date and time set by board policy. These meetings are open to the public.
Section 2. Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the President, or upon the written request of three (3) members for the transaction of business stated in the call for meeting.
Section 3. Notification
The Secretary will be responsible to notify all trustees of all meetings and sending agendas and other meeting information to them
Article VII – Quorum
A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of three (3) members of the board.
Article VIII -- Fiscal Year
The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.
Article IX -- Committees
The President may appoint special committees for the study and investigation of special problems. Such committees shall serve until the work for which they were appointed is completed.
Article X --Director
The Director shall be considered the executive officer of the Board and shall:
I. Have sole charge of the administration of the library
II. Be held responsible for--
A. The care of the building and equipment
B. The efficiency of the library’s service to the public
C. The operation of the library under the financial conditions set forth in the annual budget
III. Attend all board meetings except those at which his/her appointment or salary is to be discussed or decided
IV. Draw up the agenda, in consultation with the President, for board meetings
Article XI -- Order of Business and Agenda Items
The order of business at the regular meetings shall be as follows:
• Call to order
• Approval of minutes
• Approval of treasurer’s report and payment voucher
The agenda should include the following:
• Communications and correspondence
• Library Director’s report
• Regional Librarian’s report
• Old business
• New business
• Public Statement or questions
Policy on Trustees
1. The library board of a taxing district should include members from all geographic parts of the county. (But does not have to be)
2. Officers of library boards are elected by the membership by democratic method and serve two year terms (KRS 173.735) elections to be held at the August meeting.
3. If the regular board meeting date is changed, notify the local newspaper and radio station 24 hours before the meeting and post at the front of the library that the meeting will be held that day.
4. Secretary of the board should keep a record in minutes of who attends each meeting.
5. The secretary of the board will notify a board member upon his/her third absence within a year. Four missed meetings in any one year of his/her term means automatic resignation for a trustee. (Sec. 8-11 of HB510 passed by 1982 General Assembly, effective July 15, 1982)
6. The board will keep an emergency fund on hand in a savings account a minimum of 3 months expenses and a maximum of 6 months expenses.
7. Employment of persons more closely related than second cousin by library trustee is prohibited by law.
Board of Trustees
SECTION 1: MEMBERSHIP
The membership of the Board of Trustees of the Gallatin County Public Library ("Board") shall consist of five (5) members. The Board is a corporate body with perpetual succession (KRS 173.350(1)) in which is vested management and control of the Gallatin County Public Library (KRS 173.340(1)) for the primary purpose of providing library service to all rural and city residents who reside within Gallatin County Kentucky.
SECTION 2: SERVICE, APPOINTMENT AND CONDUCT
A Trustee may serve for two (2) consecutive terms after which the Trustee shall not be eligible to immediately succeed to another open position. Each Trustee shall hold office until a successor trustee is duly appointed to the next term or the unexpired term. Trustee nominations are made by the Board and sent to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives for review and recommendation. The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives sends the recommended list to the Gallatin County Judge Executive for appointment from the list of eligible candidates, as set forth in KRS 173.725 to 173.730.
A Trustee's absence from four (4) regularly scheduled monthly meetings of the Board during any one single year of the Trustee's term shall constitute an automatic resignation from the Board by such trustee. For the purpose of determining attendance, the initial year of each trustee's term shall be deemed to begin on the date of his/her appointment to the Board, and thereafter the year of each trustee's appointment shall be on the basis of a calendar year.
SECTION 3: TERM OF OFFICE
Members of the Board shall serve on the Board in accordance with the term of office specified by the appointing authority at the time of appointment, however said term shall not exceed four (4) years. Members shall hold membership until their respective successors are appointed and qualified.
SECTION 4: COMPENSATION AND EMPOWERMENT
Members of the Board shall not receive compensation for their services as a member of the Board, but shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses incurred in the performance of their Board duties upon vouchers duly approved by the Board.
The Board is empowered to
1) Employ a competent and qualified Library Director, and who shall be certified in accordance with the provisions of KRS 171.240 to 171.300. The Board may also employ other persons as recommended by the Library Director to operate the Library program efficiently
2) Establish, equip and maintain a Library or Libraries or contract with existing libraries for the furnishing of library services for the District and do all things necessary to provide efficient library services to residents of Gallatin County, Kentucky.
3) Sue and be sued, complain and defend, purchase or lease real property or facilities; purchase, lease, occupy, modify, remodel or erect appropriate buildings for the use by the District’s Library and any branches that may be established by the Library; sell and convey real and personal property for and on behalf of the District; receive gifts of real and personal property for the use and benefit of the District. Any real property, personal property, or facilities gifted or transferred to the Board shall be held and controlled by the Board according to any conditions set forth in the terms of the deed, gift, devise or bequest of such property.
4) Borrow money on the credit of the Gallatin County Public Library District in anticipation of the revenue to be derived from taxes levied by the District for the fiscal year in which the money is borrowed and to pledge the taxes levied by the District for the payment of the principal and interest of the loan. The interest paid shall not exceed the legal per cent per annum and the principal shall not exceed 50 per cent of the anticipated revenue for the fiscal year for which the money is borrowed.
5) Determine and adopt policies and procedures to govern the operation of the Library.
6) Determine the purposes of the library and oversee and evaluate needed Library programs.
7) Know the library needs of the community; keep abreast of current standards and library trends.
8) Approve and assist in the preparation of the annual budget. Be generally familiar with state library laws and regulations.
9) Attend all Board meetings and ensure that accurate records are kept on file in the library.
10) Attend regional, state and national trustees meetings and workshops and affiliate with the appropriate professional library organizations when deemed necessary.
11) Be aware of the services of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
12) Report annually to the Department for Libraries and Archives and Gallatin County Clerk in accordance with KRS 173.770.
13) Employ or retain in its discretion, a regularly licensed attorney to advise on all matters pertaining to its duties.
14) The Board in the exercise of its power shall be guided by the regulations and requirements of the Department for Libraries and Archives.
SECTION 5: VACANCIES
When a Trustee's term expires or when a vacancy occurs during an unexpired term of a Trustee, the Board shall recommend to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives two (2) persons who are wiling to commit personal time and energy to providing of library services in Gallatin County, Kentucky. The State Librarian shall send those names to the Gallatin County Judge/Executive, who may appoint a trustee from the list of names from those recommended and upon the approval of the Fiscal Court, all as set forth in KRS 173.730.