Trustee Roles & Governance

There are three types of public libraries in Idaho that are authorized by Idaho Code:

  • City libraries (a department of a city)
  • District libraries (independent taxing entities)
  • School-community libraries

As of June 30, 1994, new school-community libraries may no longer be established.  See I.C. § 33-2737(d) - https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title33/T33CH27/SECT33-2737/.

Each of these types of libraries has a board of trustees to:

  • establish library policy;
  • set and oversee the library's operating budget;
  • hire, supervise, and work as a team with a director; and
  • ensure that their communities are well represented and informed about the library.

In Idaho Code, city libraries are established in Title 33, Chapter 26 Public Libraries (https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title33/T33CH26/); district libraries, in Title 33, Chapter 27 (https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title33/T33CH27/).

The following sections give authority for the creation of public libraries and library districts.

33-2601. POLICY. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state of Idaho, as a part of the provisions for public education, to promote the establishment and development of free library service for all the people in Idaho. It is the purpose of this act to assure an informed electorate by enabling the provision of free local library service, in the present and in the future, to children in their formative years and to adults for their continuing education. To carry out the purpose of this act, an independent, nonpartisan board shall govern the library.

Every library established in this chapter shall be forever free for the use of the residents of the city, always subject to such reasonable rules and regulations as the library board may find necessary to adopt.
https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title33/T33CH26/SECT33-2601/

33-2701. PURPOSE AND POLICY. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state of Idaho, as a part of the provisions for public education, to promote the establishment and development of public library service for all the people of Idaho. By so declaring, the state acknowledges that the ability of its citizens to access information has a critical impact on the state’s educational success, economic development, provision for an informed electorate, and overall quality of life. It is the purpose of this chapter to integrate, extend and add to existing library services and resources so that public library service may be available to all residents of the state from infancy through adulthood, beginning in the formative years and continuing for lifelong learning. 
https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title33/T33CH27/

 

Resources

ICfL Area Field Consultants – http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/staff-contacts-topic-area
The Envoy
:  ICfL's Trustee Newsletter - http://libraries.idaho.gov/publications/trustee-news
WebJunction Trustee Resources – http://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/friends-trustees.html
Wyoming State Library's "Trustee Trouble" Videos – http://library.wyo.gov/services/ldo/trustees/