A major component of Howard County’s strong education system and a nationally recognized leader among the great public libraries, Howard County Library System (HCLS) is an allied County agency governed by a seven-member policy-setting Board of Trustees.
Trustees, who serve in a voluntary capacity, are appointed to five-year terms, and may be reappointed for a consecutive term. The seven Trustee positions comprise two at large positions, with five typically representing County Council Districts.
As openings occur, the HCLS Board nominates candidates to the County Executive, who appoints Trustees subject to County Council approval.
Officers of the HCLS Board are the Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer. HCLS’ President and CEO serves as Secretary.
HCLS’ Board establishes policies, approves budgets, and ensures that HCLS fulfills its mission of delivering high-quality public education for all ages. Trustees, who serve in a voluntary capacity, are appointed to five-year terms, and may be reappointed for a consecutive term. Selection criteria include a candidate’s:
- Understanding of, and appreciation for, Howard County Library System’s unique role as an educational institution that delivers high-quality public education for all.
- Passion and commitment to maintaining and expanding HCLS’ local, regional, state, and national reputation for innovation and achievement.
- Commitment to equitable education, policies, access, and accurate, unbiased information that aids in creating an equitable and just society for all people.
- Previous board, organizational, or lived experience; strategic vision; experience in business, financial, equity, and personnel practices; and a history of community commitment and involvement.
While HCLS Board meetings are scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, they are generally held five times per year.