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Board By-Laws — Texas County Public Library Board of Trustees

As authorized by the City Charter, City of _________, and City Ordinance No.________, This body shall be known as the _____________ Public Library Board.

Section 1.
The regular meeting of the Library Board shall be held at a time designated by the Board in the library or such other place the Board may determine.
Section 2.
Special meetings may be called by the Chair or at the call of any two members of the Board, provided that notice thereof be given to all Board members.
Section 3.
A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum at all meetings of the Board.
Section 4.
All questions presented for a vote of the Library Board shall be decided by a simple majority of the quorum, including the vote of the Chair.
Section 5.
Any member of the Board who misses three consecutive meetings without good cause shall be deemed to have resigned, and the Board will recommend to City Council that a replacement be appointed for the balance of the unexpired term.
Section 6.
Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern in the parliamentary procedure of the Board, in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these by-laws.

Section 1.
The officers of the Board shall be a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary.
Section 2.
Officers shall be elected and take office at the first regular meeting after new Board members have been appointed and sworn in.
Section 3.
Vacancies in office shall be handled as follows:
(a) In the event of resignation of incapacity of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall become the Chair for the unexpired portion of the term.
(b) Vacancies in officers other than the Chair shall be filled for the unexpired term by special election.
Section 4.
Duties of the officers shall be as follows:
(a) Chair:
(i) Preside at all meetings.
(ii) Represent the Library Board at public functions.
(iii) Appoint special committees.
(iv) Assist Library Director in establishing the agenda for each meeting. Agenda items requested by any Board member will be included.
(b) Vice-Chair:
(i) Assist the Chair in directing the affairs of the Board and act in the Chair’s absence.
(c) Secretary:
(i) Be responsible for the accuracy of the minutes of the Board meeting and bring any corrections to the attention of the Board at its next meeting. The Secretary shall sign the approved minutes and file in Record Book.

Section 1.
Committees may be appointed for special purposes by the Chair and with the consent of the majority of the Board. All committees will have at least one Library Board member serving on them. These committees are automatically dissolved upon completion of the assignment.

Section 1.
The Library Director shall be an ex-officio member of the Board.

Section 1.
Board members shall:
(a) Abide by applicable ordinances of the City of ______.
(b) Act in an advisory capacity of the City Council, City Manager, and Library Director.
(c) Recommend policies to govern the operation and program of the library.
(d) Assist in planning and give guidance for expansion of library facilities.
(e) Assist in interpreting the policies and functions of the Library Department to the public.
(f) Encourage in every possible way the development and advancement of the public library.

Section 1.
These by-laws may be amended by a majority vote at any regular meeting, provided all members have been notified of the proposed amendments at least ten days prior to such meeting. Such amendment would then be subject to approval by City Council.

Last updated: 2/11/2007