Your public library director is the department head of a city service and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the library. The director acts as the professional/technical adviser to the library board on policy, finances, planning, library performance and more.
Some of the ways the roles of the library director and the board differ are:
- The library director may suggest or draft policies. It is the board that actually adopts the policies. Once a policy is adopted, the director and staff carry it out as they operate the library.
- The board hires and evaluates the library director while the director hires and evaluates other staff.
- The library director may draft a budget request; the board officially adopts the budget.
Use the chart in Chapter 11 to openly discuss the board’s role and the director’s role. Most conflicts can be avoided if the board and director understand and respect each other’s roles.