*Notice* Lamont County Library Board is looking for members of the public interested in serving a 3-year term.
Please send your letter of interest to:
Lamont County Library Board
5303 – 50 Avenue, Lamont, AB
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Lamont County Library Board Meeting:
Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Lamont County Administration Building
5303 – 50 Avenue, Lamont
Meeting Dates for 2014
January 15, March 17, May 22, September 25, October 23, November 27
Did You Know …
Lamont County Library Board
“To access and provide funding to assist the town libraries in the provision of library service to residents within Lamont County”, that is the mission statement of the Lamont County Library Board. Established in 2007, the initial function of the Board was to access municipal and provincial funding to be distributed among our four local libraries in Andrew, Bruderheim, Lamont, and Mundare. Without a county library, county residents relied on the town and village libraries to provide this service.
A call for board members was made in 2008 with the first organizational meeting held in February 2009. The board was small to begin with – three members-at-large and two County Councillors. Since then it has grown to nine members-at-large with one County Councillor, plus the assistance of the Lamont County Director of Planning & Community Services.
Being a brand new library board, its members had to learn their roles as library trustees attending an Alberta Library Trustee Association (ALTA) workshop in 2009, hosting a ‘Grow as a Trustee’ workshop in 2011, and attending a PLSB ‘Library Board Basics’ workshop in 2012. Members have also attended the Alberta Library Conference as well as the Northern Lights Library Conference.
Along the way policies had to be written and a five-year Plan of Service developed. To initiate the plan, the board carried out a needs assessment which involved visiting all four local libraries, hosting a meeting of library trustees and staff, and developing a survey for County residents. With a County population of almost 4000 over a 2474 sq km area, it was challenging to hear the needs of all County residents. From the responses received five goals were developed to be completed between 2011 and 2016.
With the support of municipal funding, the board applied for provincial funding through the Public Library Services Branch. Since 2009, the County Library Board has provided a total of $152,000.00 in funds to our local libraries with an additional $16,000.00 budgeted for 2014. These funds supplement the service and support provided by libraries in Andrew, Bruderheim, Lamont and Mundare to Lamont County residents. The board drafted a Library Services Agreement with each of the local library boards. With the support of each board, these agreements were forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for his final approval. Approval was granted July 13, 2012.
In 2013 Lamont County Council moved to accept the services of the Northern Lights Library System and approval was granted by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Mr. Doug Griffiths. As of January 1, 2014, Lamont County residents will have access to all the resources and services offered to member libraries through Northern Lights Library System. County residents will be able to join the Metro Kalyn Community Library in Bruderheim or the Mundare Municipal Public Library without having to pay a $60.00 non-resident fee. Library mangers at both libraries have been notified to accept Lamont County residents at the regular patron fee rate. Proof of residency is required. Please watch for a PDF document coming soon containing additional information regarding NLLS.
The Lamont County Library Board has seen changes and growth over its short life span. It strives to be a strong advocate for libraries and support the library needs of its residents. Meetings are held at the County Administration Building on a regular basis and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact the board by email at email@example.com.
Library Board Trustees
Heather Atkinson Chairperson
Connie Forst Vice-chairperson
Robert Malica Lamont County Council representative
Lois Zyla Member-at-large
Shelley Ross Member-at-large
Margaret Webb Member-at-large
Kathy Siracky Member-at-large