Library Board

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Current Status: The Library Board is a permanent Board of Directors for the City of Gaylord that oversees the activities of the Gaylord City Library.

Date Initially Formed: 1985

Current Members:  Current members of the Library Board include:

Person Position Phone Email
Pauline Marlinski Chairperson (507) 237 – 2066  
Fred Hinz Board Member/Secretary
Karen Iverson Board Member (507) 237 – 2147  
Liz Reishus Board Member (507) 237 – 4205  
Angie Feder Board Member
City Council Membership and Oversight:  No more than two (2) members of the City Council shall serve as a member of the Library Board.  The Mayor is an ex-Officio member of the Library Board.  The City Council is responsible for the official approval and authorization to conduct activities within the area covered by the Library Board, excepty as specifically delegated to the Library Board by the City Council.
Mission Statement:  “The Gaylord Public Library provides full and equal access to information and promotes the love of reading, the joy of learning, the engagement with the arts, sciences and humanities and fosters life long learning for all citizens in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful and businesslike.”
Purpose of the Library Board: The purpose of the Library Board is to promote the library system in town.
General Functions:  The Library Board may adopt such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary to carry out its functions, provided, however, that rules requiring City Coucnil authorization will be presented to the City Council for prior approval.
Members: Five (5) members shall be appointed by the City Council at large to serve 3-year overlapping terms.  Members shall serve until their successors have been appointed by the City Council and qualified.
Qualifications:  Members shall reside in the City of Gaylord, unless special approval is granted by the City Council.  No person shall be appointed to the Library Board who is employed by the City.
Vacancies on the Body:  Vacancies on the Library Board, from whatever cause, shall be filled by appointment by the City Council for the unexpired term.
Meetings:  The board will meet at least once a year, or more frequently, as needed, in order to carry out the general functions of the Library Board.  Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 pm and held at the Library.  Meetings may be called by the Chairperson of the Commission, or by a majority of its members.  Any regular meeting may be adjourned to a time and place certain, but not beyond the next regular meeting.
Quorum:  3 members of the Library Board constitute a quorum for the purposes of conducting a hearing or meeting. The decision of the Library Board regarding any dispute brought before it shall be by a majority vote of the members present.
Officers:  This Commission shall not elect officers. The members of this Commission shall designate one of their members to chair meetings and direct the performance of the functions for this Commission. One member, or a representative from City Staff, shall record the minutes for all meetings.
Decision-Making Authority:
Rules and Regulations:  the Library Board may adopt such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary to carry out its functions, subject to the applicable approval and/or oversight from the City Council.
Reporting:  Not later than November 30th of each year, the Library Board shall submit to the City Council at a regular City Council meeting a report of the results of its activities during the preceding 12 months.
Time Involved:  Time involved is estimated to be approximarly 20 hours per year, including time for meetings, preparatino, and follow-up.
Community Involvement:  Members of the Library Board are encouraged to solicit feedback from members of the Gaylord community that relate to the activities of the Library Board. Whenever possible, the Library Board is encouraged to recruit volunteers from the Gaylord community to assist with various projects.
Compensation:  Compensation for members of the Library Board shall be as follows: $30/meeting
Budget:  The budget for the Library Board shall be established by the City Council.

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