Join our Board of Trustees

In order to provide quality library service to the Villages of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills and their
surrounding areas, the Algonquin Area Public Library District requires a working team of a Board of Library
Trustees who are informed and make the necessary decisions. It is critical that each person appointed to the
Board of Trustees be willing to perform the duties of a Trustee. By statute, trustees receive no payment or
other compensation for their work.

The Library Board is composed of seven Trustees who are elected in the general election or are appointed by those Trustees who are serving terms to which they were elected. The term of office for appointed Trustees depends on the date of appointment, but can be no more than two years, after which the appointed Trustee will have to run for election.

Prospective trustees should be aware of the following criteria, which will be used by the other Board members of the Algonquin Area Public Library District in evaluating candidates for the vacant position.

A Trustee must:
1. Commit the time that is necessary to carry out the duties of a Trustee. This includes time to become
and stay knowledgeable about public library issues, to prepare for and attend Board meetings, and to
carry out Board assignments.
2. Be genuinely interested in public libraries and understand the importance of public libraries in
meeting the educational, recreational, and informational needs of the community.
3. Understand the local community and its social and cultural needs, and be willing to communicate
those needs to the Board.
4. Be able to work with others to reach a common goal.
5. Be open-minded, intellectually curious, and respectful of the opinions of others.
6. Have the courage to plan creatively and direct the effective implementation of those plans.
7. Be able to withstand pressures and prejudice that would restrict or prevent equal library service to

• oversee and approve the budget, levy, and other financial responsibilities
• set library policy
• employ and evaluate the Executive Director
• plan for the future
• monitor the library’s effectiveness
• be an advocate for the library

If a candidate has questions or requires additional information, please contact the Executive Director or a
Trustee, or attend a Board meeting. Board meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Meeting information can be found here.

The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2020. Please submit completed applications to: Sara Murray, Executive Director, Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr., Algonquin, IL 60102 or via email: [email protected].