Responsibilities of Library Board of Control Members
In the operation of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system, trustees have three responsibilities: statutory, practical, and ethical.
All authority for operation of the library resides in the board, in its legal and official capacity. Each Library Board of Control member is charged by legislative action with broad powers. The duties and powers contained in the statutes are described below.
Library Laws of Louisiana RS 25:215
The Library Board of Control members:
Ethical Statement for Public Library Trustees
Trustees in the capacity of trust upon them, shall observe ethical standards with absolute truth, integrity, and honor.
Trustees must avoid situations in which personal interests might be served or financial benefits gained at the expense of library users, colleagues, or the situation.
It is incumbent upon any trustee to disqualify himself/herself immediately whenever the appearance of a conflict of interest exists.
Trustees must distinguish clearly in their actions and statements between their personal philosophies and attitudes and those of the institution, acknowledging the formal position of the board even if they personally disagree.
A trustee must respect the confidential nature of library business while being aware of and in compliance with applicable laws governing freedom of information.
Trustees must be prepared to support to the fullest the efforts of librarians in resisting censorship of library materials by groups or individuals.
Trustees who accept library board responsibilities are expected to perform all of the functions of library trustees.
1Source: Handbook for Louisiana Library Trustees, 1996, LA State Library
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