You do not have to be a member of the board to attend a Strathcona County Library Board meeting. We invite you to join us and see what we are working on. Ask lots of questions - we are interested in your input. Check the
Meeting Schedule for times. We hope to see you there!
As a board member, you should be a member in good standing with the library. You should be prepared to accept an appointment to a 3 year term, with the possibility of up to 3 renewals. You should expect to attend library-related meetings and events, serve on planning and working committees, and generally contribute your time and skills to the advocacy and betterment of your community library!
The time you spend will depend on the level of your involvement, and on the activities in which you choose to participate. Some board members may spend only 5 hours a month, while some spend more like 20. In general, expect to attend one board meeting, two committee meetings, and one volunteer event each month, in addition to home preparation time.
These 2-hour meetings are held once per month, from September to June.
Each board member receives a meeting package to review prior to attendance.
Board members choose from one of 3 committees on which to serve:
Executive (members elected annually by Board:chair, vice-chair, secretary)
Each committee meets from 3 to 6 times per year.
Board members liaise with community organizations such as the Metro Edmonton Libraries Federation, the SCL Friends of the Library group, the Strathcona County Culture & Heritage group, Sherwood Park Rotary Club, and others.
& Library Events
Board members attend library events such as volunteer lunches, staff development days, Water Garden Tour, Leather Bound Gala and other fundraisers. They are also invited to Chamber of Commerce lunches, speaking engagements, meetings with MLAs, and other Strathcona County events.
Workshops & Conferences
Board members attend a 1-day Saturday workshop, the Board & Staff Planning Retreat, each year. New board members attend a 1-day Library Orientation workshop in their first year.
Board members are also invited to attend a 2-day library conference during their first term.
Board members receive $25 for each board and internal committee meeting. Some choose to donate this fee to the library - this is a personal choice. Attendance at library fundraising events can be complementary for those who work on the organizing committees.
In October of every year, Strathcona County calls for letters of application for committees.
Applicants are interviewed by a committee that consists of two County councilors, a County staff administrator, and the Chair of the Strathcona County Library Board.
Successful applicants receive an appointment letter from the County.