By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – The library is looking for people with a love of books and a desire to help oversee the operation of the Morinville Public Library. Library Manager Isabelle Cramp said the library is currently seeking to fill three positions on the 10-member board.
“The library board members are in charge of directing the library,” she said. “So they are in charge of the policies, procedures, the financial aspect of putting a budget together.”
Board members meet once a month to go over budget and library reports as well as other aspects of the operation of the facility. Additionally, there are other committee meetings that board members may be required to attend to deal with special projects the library is involved with or fundraising initiatives.
“Somebody interested needs to know that they have to invest some time into the position,” Cramp said, noting the time commitment averages between five and 10 hours per month, but conferences could add a few days each year to that time commitment. “There’s one conference in Jasper [and] one conference in Elk Point at our headquarters. That usually is a three day commitment. Not every board member needs to go, but we always need to have some board members available to go.”
Cramp said the ideal board member is someone who is enthusiastic about libraries and able to communicate that enthusiasm in the community.
“The ideal board member has a passion for books and libraries,” she said. “The ideal board member needs to be able to speak to the public about libraries and be an advocate in the community for the library.”
Outside a love of books, experience in human resources, finances, fundraising and public relations are always welcome skills for the board to have.
Cramp said with Morinville’s centennial celebrations at hand, the library board will be involved in looking at how the library can participate in the 100th anniversary of the town.