Scandinavia Public Library By-laws

Article I. Membership

Pursuant to the requirements of the Wisconsin Statutes (43.54) (1), the Board of Trustees of Ellison Library in Scandinavia, Wisconsin shall consist of five members appointed by the Scandinavia Village Board, one of which shall be the superintendent of schools or his representative, and two of which shall be recommended by the Scandinavia Town Board.

Article II. Officers

Section 1.    The officers of the library board shall be a president, a vice president, and a secretary.

Section 2.    The officers shall be elected at the annual meeting in September and take office at the close of that meeting.

Section 3.    The principle duties of the president shall be to preside at the regular and special meetings of the board, to have the usual powers of supervision and management, and to perform such other duties as may be designated by the board.  The president may be an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.

Section 4.    The vice-president shall discharge the duties of the president in the event of the absence or disability thereof, or of a vacancy in that office, and, in addition, any other duties as designated by the board.

Section 5.    The secretary shall maintain a true and accurate record of all meetings of the board, and shall perform such other duties as generally associated with the office.  All records and correspondence unless otherwise specified by the Board, shall be kept in the Director’s office.

Article III. Meetings

Section 1.    The date and hours of regular meetings are to be set by the board at its annual meeting.  Members shall be expected to attend all meetings except as they are prevented by a valid reason.

Section 2.    The annual meeting, which shall be for the purpose of electing officers, shall be held at the time of the regular meeting in September of each year.

Section 3.    Special meetings may be called by the president at any time deemed advisable, or upon written request to the president by three board members, for the transaction of business as stated in the call.

Section 4.    A quorum for transaction of business at any meeting shall consist of a  majority.

Section 5.    Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition, shall govern the parliamentary procedure of the board.

Article IV. Library Director and Staff

The board of trustees shall appoint a qualified library director who shall be the executive and administrative officer of the library on behalf of the board and under its review and direction.  The Director shall recommend to the board the appointment and specify the duties of other employees and shall be held responsible for the proper direction and supervision of the staff, for the care and maintenance of library property, and an adequate and proper selection of materials, for the efficiency of library service to the public and for its financial operation within the limitations of the budgeted appropriation.  In the case of part-time or temporary employees, the director shall have interim authority to appoint with prior approval of the board provided that any such appointment shall be reported to the board at its next regular meeting.

Adopted June 14, 1979
Amended by the Scandinavia Public Library Board March 6, 2014.