[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Canton 5-25-1999 by Ord. No. 207; amended in its entirety 12-14-2011. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to create and establish:
The Canton Public Library (hereinafter referred to as the "Public Library") is hereby created and established as a department of the Town. The Public Library will provide library and other information services to the residents of the Town of Canton and will perform such other functions as are usual to public libraries in general.
The Library Board of Trustees of the Town of Canton (hereinafter referred to as the "Library Board") is hereby created and established.
The Library Board's function will be to:
Adopt policies, goals, and objectives for the operation of the Public Library.
Monitor and review the operations of the Public Library.
Develop with the Library Director an annual operating and capital budget to be presented to the Chief Administrative Officer for review.
Participate in the selection of a Library Director with the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town.
Consult and advise the Chief Administrative Officer, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and other Town officials and employees regarding the use of past and future gifts and bequests made to the Public Library (subject to acceptance of all gifts by the Board of Selectmen as required by the Town Charter) and the operation of the Public Library.
Appointment and organization.
The Library Board shall consist of 10 members (hereinafter referred to as "Trustees"). Nine Trustees shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and one Trustee shall be ex officio without power to vote by virtue of serving as President of the Friends of the Canton Public Library. The term of each Trustee shall be four years, with the exception of the ex officio Trustee, whose term on the Library Board will last as long as his/her term of office as President of the Friends.
A vacancy on the Library Board occurring because of a change of residence, removal, resignation, or death of a Trustee shall be filled by the Board of Selectmen for the unexpired portion of the term. Each Trustee shall hold office until the end of his/her appointed term.
The Trustees shall establish bylaws for the functioning of the Library Board, which may expand on but not be inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter.
Action may be taken by the Library Board upon a vote of not less than a majority of the Trustees present, unless the bylaws of the Library Board require a larger number.
At its first meeting in each calendar year, the Library Board shall select from among the Trustees a Chair and other such officers as identified in the bylaws of the Library Board. Trustees shall serve without compensation.
The Library Board shall participate in the selection of a qualified Library Director with the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town. The Board of Selectmen, after consultation with and upon recommendation of the Chief Administrative Officer, will appoint the Library Director. The Library Director shall be directly responsible to the Chief Administrative Officer. The Library Director shall:
Develop and recommend to the Library Board policies, goals, and objectives for the operation of the Public Library.
Have the responsibility and the authority for the administration of the policies, goals, and objectives established by the Library Board.
Develop with the Library Board an annual operating and capital budget to be presented to the Chief Administrative Officer for review.
Select collection materials, supervise staff and facilities, and perform such other functions as are usual to public library directors in general.