The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill a position on the board starting Jan. 1, 2021.
Only residents of Island County are eligible to apply for this position and preference will be given to residents of Whidbey Island.
The board includes seven members with five positions designated for Snohomish County and two positions allotted for Island County residents. Trustees are appointed by the joint action of the County Commission in Island County and County Council in Snohomish County.
“While the appointments include a geographic requirement, each trustee represents the entire library district,” Board President Martin Munguia said. “The library district combines the familiarity of local community libraries with the power of a larger system that brings services to customers at a level no individual library would be able to offer.”
Established by state law, Sno-Isle Libraries is an intercounty rural library district that serves Snohomish and Island counties and includes 23 community libraries and a bookmobile. The board is the governing body and adopts policies, sets the annual budget and determines the general direction of the library district.
Trustees also represent the library district to the community and advocate for the library district at local and state levels.
Trustees are appointed to a seven-year term and may serve two terms. Trustee positions are unpaid although related business expenses are reimbursed.
Whidbey Island resident Marti Anamosa is leaving the board after serving two terms.
“Serving as a trustee for Sno-Isle Libraries has been very gratifying,” Anamosa said. “Public libraries are foundational to healthy communities. Sno-Isle Libraries is an exceptional organization and I’m honored to have played a role.”
In addition to residing in Island County, candidates for this position should support the philosophy of tax-supported, public libraries and the mission and vision of Sno-Isle Libraries.
Preferred candidates will have connections to community affairs through civic involvement. Experience in business, management, education, or law will be considered as will participation with a local, friends-of-the-library group, local library board or the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board.
Trustees generally spend four to six hours a month in board meetings, optional workshops, conferences, and preparation time. Meetings are currently being conducted remotely, but may occur during regular business hours.
More information and an application form are available at www.sno-isle.org/board/trustees. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8.