The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should. For example, the library board is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent. The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid. The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with library service.
There are more complete discussions of these topics in the following chapters: advocacy – Chapter 15; planning – Chapter 19; monitoring and evaluating – Chapter 16; policies – Chapter 18; hire and evaluate the library director – Chapters 12 and 13.