Board of Trustees | Role of the Board of Trustees

The Westport Library plays an important academic, cultural, and social role in the Westport community, and each member of the Board of Trustees contributes his or her time and energy to ensure that the library remains relevant and achieves excellence in a changing and competitive environment.

The Westport Library Board is an active and democratic board that meets regularly for the purpose of providing oversight and direction for the library. All board members join one or more committees and attend monthly board and committee meetings. The role of a board member is to make a real and substantive contribution to the mission of the library in all of the following ways:


  1. Believe in and be an active advocate for the mission and vision of the library including the proposed major Library Transformation Project.
  2. Adhere to a high standard of ethical conduct.
  3. Contribute to the effective operation of the Board.
  4. Regularly attend Board and committee meetings and actively engage in those meetings.
  5. Attend Library programs and fund-raising events.
  6. Identify and cultivate relationships to support the library.
  7. Contribute personal and professional expertise for the benefit of the library.
  8. Financially contribute to the library and assist in all fund-raising efforts.
  9. Avoid conflicts of interest and keep the Board apprised of any conflicts, whether they are real or perceived.
  10. Self-evaluate performance and step down if unable to fulfill expectations.

Last Update: March, 2010