WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library is looking for new library trustees, which the American Library Association describes as “powerful advocates for libraries.”

As part of a volunteer board, trustees are responsible for carrying out duties assigned by New Jersey state law, which includes the following, according to the West Orange library’s job description for the position:

  • Overseeing library funds and approving an annual budget
  • Helping to determine the mission of the library
  • Assisting in the execution of the library’s strategic plan
  • Setting policies to govern library operations and programs
  • Hiring and evaluating a qualified library director
  • Actively seek funding for the library's needs and services
  • Advocating for and promoting the library in the community
  • Keeping current on library standards and trends

The library director reports to the board of trustees, being accountable to it for proper fulfillment of assigned responsibilities.

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Members of the West Orange Public Library Board of Trustees are appointed to a five-year term by the mayor with the approval of the township council. Those interested are asked to fill out an application form and return it to admin@westorangelibrary.org along with a current resume.

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