Virginia Young, in The Library Trustee,2 states, “Since a public library belongs to its entire community, library boards have been created by law to act as citizen control or governing body of the library. Library trustees accordingly are public officials and servants of the public, and the powers delegated to library boards are a public trust.” You are therefore referred to as a trustee.
Even though the board delegates the actual day-to-day operation of the library to the director, the board never gives up ultimate responsibility for the success or failure of the library. To assume that responsibility, the board has five primary roles:
2Young, Virginia, The Library Trustee: A Practical Guide, American Library Association, Chicago, 1995: 10