Candidates sought for library board

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The Hudson Library and Historical Society is seeking candidates for three board of director openings.

The three members of the board whose terms expire in February are Debbie Currin, Jill McCauslin and Nancy Rufus. Only Currin has submitted an application for re-election as of Jan. 3, according to Rafael McLaughlin, chairman of the library's nominating committee.

Management of the Hudson Library and Historical Society is overseen by a nine-member board of directors, each serving a three-year term. The board meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

Being on the board allows residents to stay in contact with the Hudson community and give back to the community, according to McLaughlin.

Library patrons on Feb. 24 will elect three board members to three-year terms, which will begin that day, he said.

Candidates are required to be Hudson residents, at least 18 years old, and have a valid CLEVNET library card.

Those interested can submit an application with three references to the circulation desk until 5 p.m. Jan. 28, McLaughlin said.

Application forms are available at the library's circulation desk and online at www.hudsonlibrary.org under "Administration" then "Board of Directors" and "Resolutions" at the bottom of those choices.

Candidates are expected to attend one of two public interview sessions: Feb. 11 in the library's Laurel Lake Room at 7 p.m. or Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Kanter Room.

Candidates can ask questions about the library governance and the role of the board, and the board can ask questions of the candidate, McLaughlin said. The public can meet candidates and ask questions.

The library board plans to submit the applicants information to the Hudson Hub-Times a week before the election so people will have general background information on them, McLaughlin said.

Candidates will be elected by the membership at the library's annual meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the library's Flood Family Meeting Room. All candidates must attend this meeting to be eligible for election to the board.

Every attendee can vote for three candidates, McLaughlin said. The three candidates with the most votes are appointed to the board.

Board members are responsible for library funding and development, and for planning the short and long-term goals of the library, he said.

The board is not in charge of daily operations, "but we do provide oversight and assistance in making sure goals are met, and serve as the library's representatives to the community," McLaughlin said.

Board members can spend about five to 10 hours per month reviewing financial information and correspondence. They also choose from the nominating, finance and endowments committees, and attend a committee meeting once a month, McLaughlin said.

For more information, visit www.hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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