The Board Meeting

Introduction

The focal point of the duties and powers of the library board is the board meeting. There are two reasons for this:

  1. Individual board members have no legal authority over the library. An individual board member should not, and cannot legally, tell the library staff to change a policy. When such a change is desired, it must be brought before the whole board.
  2. The board only has authority when it makes a group decision in a legally constituted meeting. Discussion of issues by the board in a meeting that does not meet the requirements of the Idaho's Open Meetings Law, I.C. ยงยง 74-201 through 74-208, is illegal, and could result in a successful law suit being filed against the board and its individual members. (see also The Board Meeting - Open Meetings Law)

The library board's power, then, only comes into being when its members meet in a legal board meeting. Additional resources in this part of the guide will include information on how board meetings can be run smoothly and efficiently. The Board's meetings should:

  • Be as productive as possible.
  • Deal only with appropriate issues.
  • Clearly define the difference between the functions of the board and those of the library director.

The board bylaws provide the general structure for your work.  Be certain that all members of the board understand their specific roles, assignments, and the expectations for all officers and committees. See Bylaws