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Agenda PacketPurpose:
Appointed by the Newport Beach City Council, the Board of Library Trustees is a policy-making board responsible for the administration of City libraries. The Board considers the annual budget for library purposes during the process of its preparation and makes recommendations to the City Council and City Manager. The Board also approves or disapproves the appointment, suspension, or removal of the Library Services Director. Subject to the approval of the City Council, the Board accepts money, personal property, or real estate donated to the City for library purposes, and contracts with schools, county, or other governmental agencies to render or receive library services or facilities.

Committee Authorization:
City Charter, Article VII, Section 708 (Click here for more information)

Committee Members:
Robyn Grant (Chair), John Prichard (Vice Chair), Eleanor M. Palk (Secretary), Jill Johnson-Tucker, Jerry A. King

Length of Term for Members:
The five members of the board serve for a term of four years on a staggered basis.

Frequency of Meetings:
The third Monday each month, unless otherwise noticed.

Staff Liaison:
Tim Hetherton, Library Services Director

Staff Support:
Staff allocates approximately 30 hours a month to this board.

Progress Report 
Recently, the Library Board of Trustees meet to review the following:

  • Library Gift and Donation Policy: The Library’s policies on accepting gifts and donations are similar to the City’s policy. To ensure timely acceptance, it was recommended to revise the policy to allow the Library Services Director accept gifts from library support groups of $10,000 or less and from other donors in the amount of $500 or less. Anything larger would be brought to the Board for acceptance before being recommended to City Council for approval. If for any reason a donation is denied by the Board then it would not be presented by staff to Council for approval. This however would not prevent a donor from going directly to City Council for approval. Trustee Grant volunteered to work with staff on the wording for the proposed policy change.

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Click here to view agendas and minutes prior to February 2010. 

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