By-Laws

BY-LAWS FOR LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ARTICLE 1:      NAME AND MISSION

Section 1.  The organization shall be called the Board of Trustees of the Williamsburg Regional Library (“Board of Trustees”).  The organization exists by virtue of the provisions of Title42.1, Chapter 2of the Virginia Code and by virtue of the provisions of the contract for library services with the City of Williamsburg (“City”), James City County (“James City”) and York County (“York”).

Section 2.  The mission of the Williamsburg Regional Library (“Library”) is as follows:  Free access to information is a foundation of democracy.   Local governments provide that access for their residents by funding the Williamsburg Regional Library as a basic service.

This mission statement translates into the Library taking an active role in the community's life, and provides an opportunity to stimulate ideas, to advance knowledge, and to enhance the quality of life for every resident.

The Library encouragesthe free exchange of ideas among people of a free society.

ARTICLE 2:         MEMBERS

Section 1.  Pursuant to the contract for library services between the City, James City, York, and the Board of Trustees, the Board of Trustees shall consist of eleven (11) members.  Six (6) of the members shall be appointed by the James City, four (4) of the members by the City and one (1) of the members by York.  One member from the City and James City shall serve as a government representative from senior management.

Section 2.  Terms of office for Trustees shall be for four (4) years. No member may serve more than two four-year, consecutive terms, however, after one (1) year off the Board any person may again serve as a Trustee.  However, a member appointed to fill the un-expired term of another member may at the end of that term be appointed to two full four-year terms of the member’s own.

Section 3.  Appointments shall be made to fill vacancies for un-expired terms as soon as possible by the responsible appointing entity.

Section 4.  A Trustee shall not receive a salary or other compensation for service as a member, but necessary expenses actually incurred shall be paid from the Library’s budget.

Section 5.  The duties of the Board of Trustees include:

A.           To hire a professional librarian as Director of the Library and to evaluate the Director’s performance on an annual basis;

B.           To review and approve a budget ensuring adequate funds for the Library’s operation;

C.           To oversee expenditures of Library funds and Library facilities and equipment;

D.          To establish and review Library policies;

E.           To attend Board meetings regularly and to learn what constitutes good library service by reading relevant literature and, when possible, by visiting other libraries; and

F.           To become familiar with library issues at the state and local level and to advocate for Library support.

Section 6.  It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to make recommendations for the removal of a Trustee to the appropriate governmental body as warranted.  If a Trustee fails to attend three (3) consecutive meetings in a twelve (12) month period, the Board Chairwill speak with the Trustee to inquire about continued service.  If a Trustee fails to attend at least five (5) meetings in a twelve (12) month period, the Board Secretary, in consultation with the Board Chair, will prepare a communication for notification to the appropriate governmental body with a recommendation on service.

Section 7.  Upon appointment and reappointment, the Clerk of the Circuit Court or clerk of an appointing locality shall administer the oath of office to each member.

ARTICLE 3:         OFFICERS

Section 1.  The officers of the Board of Trustees shall be a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.

Section 2.  The duties of the Chair will include the setting of meeting agendas; presiding during meetings; regularly meeting with the Library Director; representing the Library at special events/meetings; appointing all committee chairs of the Board and members of committees; and appointing of ad-hoc committees, as well as all other responsibilities normally afforded the position of chair.

Section 3.  The duties of the Vice-Chair will include presiding at meetings in the absence of the Chair; representing the Library at special events/meetings, as well as all other responsibilities normally afforded the position of vice-chair.

Section 4. The duties of the Secretary will include presiding at meetings in the absence of the Chair and Vice-Chair; coordinating with library staff for the recording of minutes of each meeting, as well as all other responsibilities normally afforded the position of Secretary.

Section 5.  The nominating committee shall be appointed at the May meeting of the Board of Trustees in the year when terms of office are expiring and consist of three (3) members.  The committee will report a slate of officers at the June meeting of the Board of Trustees.  The slate will be voted on at the June annual meeting. 

Section 6. All terms of office are for two (2) years beginning July 1 after the Board of Trustees election.  Officers may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office.  However, a member appointed to fill the un-expired term of an officer may at the end of that term be elected to two full two-year terms of the member’s own.

Section 7.  The Chair, as needed, may fill officer vacancies.  Appointees will hold office until an election can be held at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 8.  In the event the position of Chair becomes vacant before the end of the two-year term; the Vice-Chair shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the Chair position until a special election is held.  A special election shall be held when practicable to fill the remaining term of the Chair, as well as any other officer position that becomes vacant.

ARTICLE 4:         LIBRARY ATTORNEY

Legal counsel to the Board of Trustees shall be the James City County Attorney or the Attorney’s designee and shall provide legal advice to the Library Board of Trustees.  Legal counsel shall attend meetings and participate on task forces and committees as requested by the Chair.  Legal counsel shall also provide legal opinions to the Library Director.

ARTICLE 5:         MEETINGS

Section 1.  The Board of Trustees shall meet on a regular basis, at least nine (9) times a year, at a time and place convenient to the Board of Trustees.  Action minutes shall be kept of each meeting and approved at the following meeting.  A yearly schedule of proposed meeting times and dates for the coming year shall be set at the September meeting of the Board of Trustees.  All meetings are open to the public, and the media notified of the time and place of each meeting.

Section 2.  The annual meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held in June.

Section 3.  Special meetings may be held at any time at the call of the Chair or Vice-Chair or any five (5) members of the Board of Trustees, provided that notice be given to all members, and the media is notified in accordance with the requirements contained within the Virginia Code.

Section 4.  A quorum at any meeting shall consist of a majority of Trustees.  Proxy voting is not permitted.

Section 5.  Proceedings of all meetings shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order – Revised (newest edition for small groups).  Any rule therein may be suspended for any length of time by a three-fourths vote of Trustees present.  The Chair shall appoint a member of the Trustees or the Library Attorney to serve as parliamentarian.

Section 6.  The minimum content of the agenda at regular meetings shall include:

A.           Call to Order

B.           Public Comment

C.           Minutes of previous meeting

D.          Chair’s Report   

E.           Director’s Report

F.           Finance Report

G.          Other Business

H.          Adjournment

ARTICLE 6:         LIBRARY DIRECTOR

Section 1.  The duties of the Library Director shall include:

 

A.           To operate the Libraryaccording to approved Board policies and the mission of the Library;

B.           To advise the Board on all matters of Library operation;

C.           To attend all Board meetings;       

D.          To be responsible for hiring, directing and evaluating staff in accordance with the County personnel policies and practices;

E.           To prepare the annual budget in consultation with the Finance Committee;

F.           To keep Trustees informed of changes in library legislation and standards;

G.          To keep abreast of advances in library services by reading relevant literature, by being active in library organizations, and by attending appropriate meetings, workshops, and conferences;

H.          To report regularly to the officials of local government and to the general public; to oversee the Library’s program of public relations;

I.            To prepare goals and objectives for discussion and approval by the Trustees at the September meeting of the Board; and to review goals and objectives of the previous year with the Trustees at the June meeting of the Board.

ARTICLE 7:         COMMITTEES

Section 1.  The following shall serve as standing committees of the Board of Trustees: Executive and Finance Committees.

The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Board of Trustees with the Chair of the Board serving as the convening officer.  Among its responsibilities shall be to ensure that an annual review of the strategic plan is accomplished and to plan for the annual evaluation of the Library Director.  The Executive Committee may exercise the powers and transact the business of the Board between meetings of the full Board as needed.  Any action taken by the Executive Committee shall be communicated promptly to the full Board of Trustees at the next Board meeting.  At least two (2) members of the Executive Committee must be present for any official action.  The media will be notified of all meetings of the Executive Committee in accordance to the requirements found in the Virginia Code.

The Finance Committee Chair shall serve as the Board of Trustees’ liaison with the Library Director on budgetary and financial matters.  The Finance Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members of the Board of Trustees appointed by the Chair, and in coordination with the Library Director, shall be responsible for preparation of an annual budget.

Section 2.  The Chair of the Board of Trustees may appoint such ad-hoc committees as the Chair determines are necessary to conduct the business of the Board.  No such committee will continue in existence beyond the end of the fiscal year in which it was appointed, unless by vote of the Trustees at the June meeting.

ARTICLE 8:         FISCAL YEAR

Section 1.  The fiscal year of the Library shall begin on the first day of July in each year and shall end on the last day of June of the following year.

ARTICLE 9:         AMENDMENTS

Section 1.  Amendments to these By-Laws may be proposed in writingat any regular meeting.  Proposed amendments become effective after a favorable vote by two-thirds of the members of the Board of Trustees at the next regular meeting of the Board.

ARTICLE 10:      EFFECTIVE DATE

November 13, 1991

Amended November 8, 1995

Amended April 30, 2003

Amended April 26, 2006

Amended January 21, 2009

Amended June 20, 2012

Amended September 25, 2013