Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda
Official Agenda October 16, 2021
The Library Board's retreat will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Billings Public Library Yellowstone Board Room.
LIBRARY BOARD RETREAT
A Work Session to Better Identify Our Talents, Define Our Roles as An Advisory Board, and Agree on Tasks and Goals for the Futures
September 9, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021,
Public Comment Citizens may address the Board regarding any item of Library business on the agenda, with the duration of comment for an individual speaking permitted to exceed one minute only at the discretion of the Board. Citizens may address the Board regarding any item of Library business not on the agenda, with the duration of comment for an individual speaking permitted to exceed three minutes only at the discretion of the Board.
9:00-9:15 COFFEE AND ROLLS
9:15-9:30 WELCOME AND EXPECTATIONS…………………………….
9:30-10:15 1. INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS
This is a ‘get-to-know’ each other exercise.
10:15-12:00 2. ADVISORY BOARD FUNCTIONS
This session is an open discussion of functions appropriate to library advisory boards generally and a listing of those the Billings Board chooses as those of interest and most appropriate to them. The session will reference official documents related to the Billings Public Library Board of Trustees and other information related to advisory boards generally. This would include recommendations to the Board from Library staff, Friends of the Library, and the Library Foundation prior to the retreat
This session will result in agreement of primary board roles under such categories as Advise, Advocate, Assist, Miscellaneous Required Functions, and Other.
12:30-2:00 3. THE LIBRARY BOARD’S ACTIVITY FOCUS
Within each category identified in the morning session, the board would list those specific activities on which it wished to focus, either individually or as a group. These categories would define the role of the Library Board as it sees itself, including specific legal requirements, essentially constituting a Functional Statement for the Board which will be integrated into a board member handbook. Including board long and short term goals
2:00-2:15 AFTERNOON BREAK
2:15-3:45 4. BOARD MISSION AND GOALS
Determine if a board mission statement is needed. Currently BPL Mission is ‘embracing, empowering and enriching our community’. Is this not what the board’s mission is also? With the functions of the board identified and agreed upon there might be a basis to develop a separate board mission statement and goals. Hopefully, this session will result with a Board Mission statement (if needed) and a series of goals at least for the major functional categories.
3:45-4:00 MEETING SUMMARY AND FUTURE TASKS…………………...Peggy McSweyn
4:00 RETREAT CONCLUDES
Note: Coffee and other beverages will be available during the work sessions.
The primary objectives of this seminar are:
- Understand the legal and administrative requirements of the Billings Public Library Board of Trustees (Board).
- Agree on the major areas where the Board will place emphasis.
- Outline specific tasks and goals for the activities of the board, as well as identifying responsibilities for pursuing these, both group and individual.
- Better position the Board to function as a cohesive group.
- Produce a mission statement and/or goals for the Board and a handbook for board members.