Ritter Library Seeks Board Member

A seat is open on the Ritter Public Library Board of Trustees. The library board represents the community, and is responsible for the overall operation of a financially stable and effective public library for residents of the Vermilion Local School District.

Trustees serve a seven year term without compensation. They are expected to:

  • Attend regular board meetings (currently, the second Tuesday of the month except August, beginning at 7 pm) and other special meetings as called
  • Serve on at least two board committees and attend committee meetings
  • Keep current on local, state and national issues of relevance to libraries
  • Attend at least one library-related activity each year (local, regional, state)
  • Assume a leadership or officer role at the board- and/or committee level at some time during the trustee’s term
  • Make policy and budgetary decisions related to the fulfillment of the mission statement of the library

The selected applicant will fulfill unexpired term with the term ending 12/31/2023, at which time he or she may be eligible to be appointed to a full 7 year term by the Vermilion Board of Education.

This operation is under the administrative guidance of the director, who is hired by the Board. Financial operation is under the auspices of the Fiscal Officer also hired by the Board. The director interprets the policies of the board to assure that the needs and expectations of the taxpayers, customers, employees and budget commission are being met in the best possible way.

The board expresses its views on the policies which it adopts. A board member should voice his or her opinion and view openly. Each member brings a different personal experience to the board, and each person’s opinion should be openly expressed and listened to carefully before board action is taken. Once the board has adopted a policy officially, however, it is the responsibility of each board member to accept and support the policy.

The board should not become directly involved in the library’s operations, but it should not become a stamp for the administration.

In addition to being a policy setting group, the board also is an advocacy group, supporting the library before the state legislature, civic and cultural organizations, and the public at large.

Apply online at https://ritterpubliclibrary.org/about-us/board-of-trustees/board-member-application