Welcome and thank you for your interest in joining the Camano Island Library Advisory Board.
This is an advisory, not governing, Board. The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is responsible for policies and governance of our organization. Staff is responsible for the day to day operations of our 22 libraries.
Sno-Isle Libraries' Advisory Board members:
Bring community insight regarding service needs. Board members with ties to community groups are crucial to keeping us informed about community needs. For example, you might share information about a small business that needs assistance with demographic information. Or you might learn about a community trend for which the library can provide a program.
Participate in library events, including outreach into the community. As an active community member, it is vital that the public see you supporting the Library.
Understand and promote the concepts of public library service. Board members may be asked to attend service group meetings (with library staff) and talk about the value of public libraries.
Share their stories. Word of mouth is the best support for a library. Be willing to tell your library stories whenever possible—at a meeting, while staffing a booth at local event or festival, in line at the grocery store, etc. Tell neighbors, colleagues and family about the value of public libraries in times of political/financial need.
Provide feedback on specific library issues. Participate in database assessment, discussion of service priorities, or give an opinion on a new initiative.
Learning opportunities for Advisory Board members:
Upon appointment, the Managing Librarian will provide an orientation, including a tour of the library and introductions to staff.
Each Board meeting has an educational topic on the agenda, designed so that you can take the knowledge out to your community.
A Community Ambassador training program is offered throughout the year. The program provides skills for public speaking and sharing the library story effectively to a variety of audiences.
Sno-Isle Libraries sponsors an annual event, Board to Board to Friends, which is an in-service morning for all Trustees, Library Board members or all community libraries, and Friends officers.