|DM Jan-Feb 2007|
Message from Library Director Carolyn Rawles-Heiser
January / February 2007
Our Library has been blessed with wonderful involvement from our communities. Hundreds of volunteers give their time to make our Library better. One particular group deserves special recognition for the valuable service they provide--the Library Board.
The Library Board consists of five members from the City, appointed by the Mayor, and five from the County, appointed by the County Commissioners. There are also liaisons from the Corvallis City Council and the Benton County Board of Commissioners. Efforts are made to ensure geographic and cultural diversity in appointments to the Board. Their charge is to advise City Council regarding all matters pertaining to operation, expansion, and level of service provided by the Library. Their role is to be the voice of the community in reviewing library services and policies, and their help is invaluable to staff in our efforts to make sure the Library is meeting community needs.
The Library Board is presently in the process of developing new board goals to guide their efforts in the next couple of years. As part of this process, they have had the opportunity to learn about how other libraries serve their communities, what kinds of services are on the horizon for libraries, and how technology is having an impact on our services. Libraries are ever-growing and changing organizations and it is sometimes difficult to stay on top of what will be next! The Library Board deserves our thanks for their willingness to serve, learn, and most of all, represent you, the residents of Benton County, in helping to make our Library the best it can be. Thank you Library Board!