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Residents of the City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township or the portion of Superior Township legally served by YDL interested in being considered to fill a vacancy on the Ypsilanti District Library Board should submit an application to the Library Director (Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197) by Friday, July 21, 2017.

Application for Appointment to the Ypsilanti District Library Board


According to the YDL Board of Trustees By-Laws, the Library Board will appoint a replacement for Trustee Mike Randall who has recently moved from the District. His replacement will serve until the November, 2018 general election.


Qualifications for potential library board members include living in the library’s legal service area possessing a good understanding of the library’s role and importance in the community; showing a commitment to quality library service; having the ability to work with others and communicate effectively towards a common goal; and having experience or expertise in areas such as finance, fundraising, human resources or long range planning. Previous service on the board of a governmental unit or non-profit organization is desirable.


Board members’ duties include attending monthly board meetings, serving on board committees, preparing for and participating in board meetings, and serving as a library advocate in the community, as well as visiting and using the library frequently. The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Meetings typically last 60 - 90 minutes.


Job Description

Title: YDL Trustee
Term: 4 year term/ Elected at large from the YDL District Role:
Develop and monitor currency of Library policies
Secure adequate funding appropriate to the functioning of the Library
Hire and evaluate the performance of the Library Director
Monitor organizational performance

Trustee Responsibilities and Power:
Determine the Library’s mission/goals; review the mission and goals periodically for their currency and effectiveness
Employ the Library Director and regularly evaluate his/her performance
Ensure adequate financial resources for the Library’s operation and future planning so that staff and facilities meet the needs of district patrons
Manage finances effectively, ensuring that proper fiduciary controls are in place
Ensure that Library property is maintained and is appropriate for excellent patron service, Library programming, and staff performance
Adhere to legal and ethical principles; maintain accountability
Advocate for the Library in the community
Uphold the ALA Bill of Rights

Specific Duties/Rules of Conduct:
Regularly attend board meetings; actively participate in committees and perform other duties as assigned
Become well-informed regarding agenda items in advance of regular meeting
Conduct oneself professionally in meetings; listen to all points of view; offer one’s own ideas/suggestions based on experience and research; work with colleagues to reach effective decisions
Enhance the organization’s public image by clearly articulating the Library’s mission, accomplishments, and goals
Recruit and orient new board members, periodically participate in board performance evaluation
Develop financial strategies to assure appropriate current and future funding
Assume leadership roles in board activities
Be informed about Library programs, policies, and services
Seek information about the needs of the community and Library users so that Library policies and procedures can conform to these needs and preferences
Avoid conflicts of interest
Actively support the fundraising goals of the Library
Resident of Superior Township (portion outside of AADL boundaries), Ypsilanti City , or Ypsilanti Township
Attend monthly board meetings; read materials in advance of meetings; and participate in discussion during meetings
Become familiar with Michigan library law and library best practices
Demonstrate a commitment to freedom of expression and inquiry for all people

Desirable Background:
Public library user and/or familiarity with YDL services
Previous service as a member of a local board
Experience in fundraising
Experience in financial, legal, or business matters


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