The Belen Public Library Board of Trustees is the governing body that oversees the Belen Public Library and Belen Harvey House Museum.
Meetings of the Board are subject to the rules of the Open Meetings Act, and will be posted at least 72 hours prior on the information boards in the library.
Board Vice Pres
The Belen Public Library Board of Trustees
Article I: Establishment of the Library Board of Trustees
Section I: Name
The Library Board of Trustees is established to govern over the Belen Public Library, Belen Harvey House Museum, and all branch libraries of the Belen Public Library.
Section II: Formation and Purpose
The Library Board of Trustees is established by the Belen City Council and Mayor.
Article II: Members and Terms of the Library Board of Trustees
Section I: Composition
The Library Board shall consist of seven (7) voting members and two (2) alternates.
Section II: Terms of Office
Term length for each board member is two years, appointed by the Board. Board members may be reappointed for additional terms. A Board member may be removed by a majority Board vote for not fulfilling the terms of the Bylaws.
Section III: Members of the Board
Total members of the Board will be seven (7), including:
- Three (3) members who are selected from the community.
- One (1) member representing the Friends of the Library.
- One (1) member representing the Belen City Council.
- The City Clerk.
- The Library Director.
- Two (2) alternates who are selected from the community.
- From these, elected officers include President, Vice President and Secretary who may serve one year terms.
Section IV: Meetings and Minutes
The Library Board shall hold quarterly meetings, and special meetingsas needed. Meetings may be held in person or virtually, and votes maybe cast in person, by email, or by proxy. Robert’s Rules of Order will be followed for inpersonmeetings, and the minutes of each meeting shall be recorded.
Article III: Duties of the Library Board of Trustees
Section I: Board Duties and Responsibilities
The Library Board shall be responsible for the following duties:
- Assist the Library Director in adopting policies for the Library.
- Review and modify existing policies as necessary.
- Review and modify the mission statement of the Library as necessary.
- Assist the Library Director with fundraising when requested
- Assist the Library Director with public relations when requested.
- Assist the Library Director with other duties when requested.
- Actively attend Board meetings.
Section II: Duties of Officers
- The President shall:
- Stay current on important issues affecting the Library.
- Preside over Board meetings.
- Appoint committees as necessary.
- Develop meeting agendas.
- The VicePresident shall:
- Assist the President.
- Assume the President’s responsibilities as necessary.
- The Secretary shall:
- Keep meeting minutes.
- Disseminate information on behalf of the Board as necessary.
Article IV: Bylaws of the Library Board of Trustees
Section I: Location
An official copy of the current Bylaws shall be available upon request from the following:
- The Board Officers
- The Library Director
- The City Clerk
Section II: Amendments
A majority vote by the Board is required to amend the Bylaws.