Latham Memorial Library Board of Trustees

2019 Special Election

Purpose

To elect eight (8) seats on the Board of Trustees of Latham Memorial Library, to serve a two-year (2) term.

Candidates

All residents of Thetford, regardless of age, are eligible to run for a seat on the board. Candidates must be able to attend at least 75% of the monthly Board meetings. Interested individuals must declare their candidacy by November 14, by sending a short statement of interest (250 words or less) via email to election@thetfordlibrary.org. Statements will be included with election materials.

Voting

All registered voters in the Town of Thetford are eligible to vote. If you are not registered and you would like to participate in this election, please register to vote at Thetford Town Hall or online at https://olvr.sec.state.vt.us/

Election schedule, candidate statements, and voting instructions will be available November 21 – December 11 at:

  • Thetford Town Hall
  • Latham Library
  • Library website

 

Requests for mail-in ballots must be submitted:

Key Dates

November 14 Deadline for candidates to submit materials
November 23 Candidates meet & greet at Latham, 10 – 12
November 30 Candidates meet & greet at Recycling Center, 10 – 12
December 4-11 Voting by paper ballot takes place at Latham Library (785-4361), during normal operating hours. Mail-in ballots must be received by December 11
December 12 Counting of Ballots. Results posted on the listserv and library website

 

Questions? Please email election@thetfordlibrary.org


What Does A Library Trustee Do?

Basic trustee responsibilities include:

  • Creating by-laws
  • Setting library policy
  • Hiring and regularly evaluating the library director
  • Long range planning, in cooperation with the library director
  • Financial management
  • Promoting library use
  • Serving as a link with the community

 

You don’t need to know a lot about how libraries operate to be a trustee because your job is not to run the library day-to-day. You should be willing to be discreet, fair, open-minded and honest during policy decisions and group discussions. You bring a great deal to trusteeship in addition to your willingness to serve. Your background – education, employment, heritage, family and other ties – will be as useful to you as community contacts and other involvements. Your past experiences as a library user will also serve you well. Be aware of particular biases or opinions that might affect your decision making or the way you view your library’s effectiveness. Knowing yourself will help you be a more productive trustee.
There are a number of additional, ongoing duties you will want to attend to:

  • Prepare for, attend, and participate in all board meetings
  • Be familiar with state and federal laws relating to managing the library, such as those relating to employment, operating a public building, etc.
  • Monitor and evaluate the library’s overall effectiveness
  • Support library services and participate in library programs
  • Advocate for library support in the community and statewide
  • Learn as much as possible about issues affecting library service

(see Vermont Department of Libraries: A Manual for Vermont Library Trustees, p. 9)

The Latham Memorial Library Board of Trustees meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Trustees are expected to attend at least 75% of all Board meetings. Duties of Latham Memorial Library Trustees and Officers are spelled out in the Latham Memorial Library Bylaws.