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Library Director Clarifies Issues

The Library Directory clarifies issues with the Library Board and City Council.

State Protocol for Public Libraries

Because of the many misconceptions circulating the library director would like the public to know the standards for public libraries as set by the State Library.

All Iowa library boards are administrative, which means each board has sole power or discretion as to how its library operates.  The library director has the authority to hire and fire library assistants with board approval.   According to State Library directives, library assistants may only go to the library director, not the library board nor the city council, when there are issues.

The library director and library board present a library report to the city council.  The director presents a treasurer report to the city clerk, as the city clerk pays the bills.  But the city council has no governing authority over the public library.

The library director reports all library business to the library board each month.  All public library business matters are handled solely by the library director and the library board.

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