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Governance and Administration

Information

Quinte West Public Library Board

Chair
Doug Couture

Vice-Chair
Lynda Reid (Councillor)

Board Members
Sally Freeman (Councillor)
Stephanie MacDougall
Everett Payne
Maureen Piercy
Billie Yakachuk

Library Board – Roles and Responsibilities

Public libraries in Ontario are governed by the Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, chapter P44 and are bound by the requirements of this legislation. The Act defines how the Library Board should operate, its accountability requirements to Municipal Council and the Province, as well as its responsibilities regarding the delivery of library service. It defines the Library Board as a governing board, giving it the authority to make policy and direct the affairs of the organization.

As a governing body, the Library Board is the decision-making and legal authority of the organization. The Board is accountable for the whole range of activity of the organization and the results it achieves, but is not responsible for carrying out day-to-day operations, which are instead the responsibility of library staff. With a focus on the future, the Board determines the direction of the organization and decides how to get there through its planning functions. In conjunction with the library’s Chief Executive Officer, the Board develops the mission, goals and objectives that will guide the library’s activities into the future. The Board is responsible for advocating the library as an important community resource, and ensures the Library receives adequate operating and capital funds to sustain facilities, collections and staffing.

Meetings

As per the Public Libraries Act, all meetings are open and members of the public are welcome.  Please note however that members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting if there is an in camera session to discuss labour relations or identifiable individuals.

Library Board meetings are scheduled once a month on the 4th Tuesday of the month, at 2pm in the Caucus Room.  The Board may hold special meetings as required. Meeting Agendas will be posted on our website in advance of the following 2024 meetings of the Library Board:

Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25 (at the Frankford Branch), Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 26, and Dec. 17.

If you would like to contact the Library Board, please use the form below:

Jeri-Lynn Thomas, CEO
jeri-lynn.thomas@quintewest.ca
613-394-3381 ext3315

or

Doug Couture, Chairperson
libraryboard@quintewest.ca
613-391-1029

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