Public Library Boards in Iowa

State Library of Iowa Trustees Handbook

Public library boards have five primary roles:

1.  Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community as a member of the library board.   To be a library advocate is to work for the betterment of library services for the community.   Advocacy includes working to obtain adequate funding for the library; pursuing opportunities to meet and speak with community groups; getting to know the mayor and city council; making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.

2.  Plan for the future of the library.  Planning is one of the most important trusts that the community gives to the library board.  Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years.  It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.

3.  Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library.  The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should.  For example, the library boards is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent.  The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid.  The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with the service received from the library.

4.  Set library policies.  The library boards spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies.  (Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library.)  Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day to day basis.

5.  Hire and evaluate the library director.  The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library and works with the director, carefully respecting each other’s roles.  The board also regularly evaluates the director to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.

The Library Board of Trustees holds their monthly meeting on the third Monday of the month in the lower level of the library.  The public is welcome to attend.

Library Board Trustees

President:                 Angie Kraushaar

Vice President:         Leslie Nuehring

Secretary:                 Julie Carr

Trustee:                     Kathryn Heitmann

Trustee:                     Dwane Gragg

Trustee:                     Michael Hall

Trustee:                     Karen Wichmann

Trustee:                     Rebecca Claypool

Trustee:                     Schael Engel 

WPL Library 2024 Board Agendas

WPL Board Minutes

Title Filename Date Posted Size
September 2023 WPL Board Minutes.pdf September_2023_WPL_Board_Minutes.pdf 9/15/23 29.16 KB
September 18 , 2023 Board Minutes.pdf September_18__2023_Board_Minutes.pdf 10/5/23 85.56 KB
November 20 Board Minutes.pdf November_20_Board_Minutes.pdf 1/11/24 90.39 KB
NOV 2022 Board Minutes.pdf NOV_2022_Board_Minutes.pdf 1/13/23 65.19 KB
NOV 2022 Board Minutes.pdf NOV_2022_Board_Minutes.pdf 1/13/23 65.19 KB
May 2022 Bd Minutes.pdf May_2022_Bd_Minutes.pdf 1/13/23 31.57 KB
July 18 2023 Board Minutes.pdf July_18_2023_Board_Minutes.pdf 8/18/23 97.21 KB
board minutes - Sept 19, 2022.docx board_minutes_-_Sept_19_2022.docx 1/13/23 15.75 KB
board minutes - Oct 17, 2022.docx board_minutes_-_Oct_17_2022.docx 1/13/23 16.00 KB
board minutes - May 2023.docx board_minutes_-_May_2023.docx 6/16/23 15.92 KB
board minutes - March 21, 2022.docx board_minutes_-_March_21_2022.docx 1/13/23 78.64 KB
board minutes - March 2023.docx board_minutes_-_March_2023.docx 4/14/23 16.08 KB
board minutes - June 2023.docx board_minutes_-_June_2023.docx 7/14/23 16.21 KB
board minutes - June 20, 2022.docx board_minutes_-_June_20_2022.docx 1/13/23 16.21 KB
board minutes - July 18,2022.docx board_minutes_-_July_182022.docx 1/13/23 16.21 KB
board minutes - Jan 30, 2023.docx board_minutes_-_Jan_30_2023.docx 2/17/23 15.35 KB
board minutes - Jan 2023.docx board_minutes_-_Jan_2023.docx 2/17/23 15.91 KB
board minutes - Jan 17, 2022.docx board_minutes_-_Jan_17_2022.docx 1/13/23 112.66 KB
board minutes - Feb 21, 2022.docx board_minutes_-_Feb_21_2022.docx 1/13/23 102.86 KB
board minutes - Feb 2023.docx board_minutes_-_Feb_2023.docx 3/17/23 16.10 KB

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