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Information for 2018-2022 Library Board Applicants

The Public Library Board is the legal body responsible for governance of the incorporated not-for-profit Blue Mountains Public Library Board. The seven-member board consists of six community members and one councillor and serves a term concurrent with Town Council. It is the responsibility of the Town Clerk to give public notice of vacancies on the Board and the responsibility of Town Council to make the appointments by resolution. On October 9, 2018 the Council approved a board recruitment program which includes a committee who will review, interview, and make recommendations to Council on the Board complement.  As we come closer to the election details on the application process will be released by the Town Clerk.

On Thursday, November 15 at 6:00pm an Information Session for potential Board Members and potential Museum Advisory Council and Arts & Culture Council members will occur.  We encourage all community members considering applying for the 3 bodies to attend.  Those interested in applying for the Board may also wish to attend the final regularly scheduled Board Meeting on November 15th at 2pm in the Library Boardroom, or the Special Board Meeting scheduled for November 29th at 6pm in The Gallery.

Information Session

The primary document available to assist candidates in identifying the roles and responsibilities of Board membership is So You’re Thinking of Applying for the Library Board: Information for Prospective Library Board Members. It covers the role of the board, meetings, expectations, major projects for the next Board term and the application process.

This document will be the focus of an information session being offered by the CEO for those interested in applying for the Library Board or for either of the Library advisory councils—the Museum Advisory Council or the Arts & Culture Council. This session is open to all community members and will inform potential candidates, as well as those interested in learning about the governance models of our Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum (GLAM). The Information Session will be held at The Gallery at L.E. Shore on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Library Board Applicant Information

The Town Clerk will release the notice for applicants on or about November 8th.  The Letter of Interest an applicant provides to the Clerk will be used in the screening process.  Mandatory dates which applicants should be aware are:

Questions on criteria and governance matters can be posed to the Library CEO

Questions on the application process should be posed to the TBM Town Clerk.

Museum Advisory Council Applicant Information 

Applicants shall submit the MAC application form by the January 31, 2018 deadline to the BMPL CEO.

Arts & Culture Council Applicant Information

Applicants shall submit the ACC application form by the January 31, 2018 deadline to the BMPL CEO.

Documents to Review in Consideration of Applying 

Strategic Plan 2018-2022

According to the Ontario Library Boards Association, it is a responsibility of the outgoing Library Board to create a legacy document and to assist in recruiting the incoming board so they may be successful in completing the tasks and requirements of the next term. BMPL will have two legacy documents to guide the work of the new Board: the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and the Feasibility Study and Space Plan(s). It will be the responsibility of the incoming board to implement these plans and to create a legacy document in 2022 for the subsequent Board.

Additional BMPL Documents to Help You Make Your Decision

We have also added the following items to this page to assist candidates in learning about the governance process.

Other Library Documents

MTCS Standards

Although the Board is not directly responsible for operational and administrative functions of the organization, the following are Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport standards which guide the GLAM.

Police Criminal Records Check 

An OPP Police Criminal Records Check (PCRC) is required for the Library Board, MAC and ACC appointments to be finalized.  The Blue Mountains OPP Detachment is offering an onsite PCRC on Nov 2nd.  Individuals considering applying for this or other local boards may wish to complete the PCRC on this day to expedite the process.  A PCRP must be provided to the CEO prior to the deadlines listed under each Applicant Information section.  Vulnerable Sector Search is not required for board or council members.  A letter of statement is required for PCRC.  A personalized letter can be provided or you may use this general form.