Commissioners Seeking New Applicants to Serve on Regional Library Board

The Board of County Commissioners is seeking an applicant to fill one of three Clark County positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees.

This position is designated for someone living in Clark County outside the Vancouver and Camas city limits.

Library trustees are responsible for policies regarding the district’s 16 locations, two bookmobiles, online services at www.fvrl.org and centralized headquarters. The district’s service area includes approximately 448,000 people and covers more than 4,200 square miles in southwest and south-central Washington. It includes all of Clark County except the city of Camas, which is served by the independent Camas Public Library, all of Skamania and Klickitat counties and city of Woodland in Cowlitz County.

The district operates community libraries in Battle Ground, east Vancouver, Goldendale, La Center, North Bonneville, Ridgefield, Stevenson, the Salmon Creek area, downtown Vancouver, Washougal, White Salmon Valley and Woodland. It also operates the Mall Library Connection at Westfield Vancouver mall and Library Express facilities at Yacolt and Green Mountain. The district also provides services to Yale Library Express under contract with Yale Valley Library District.

The term is for seven years, beginning in January 2015. The appointment must be approved by the Clark, Skamania and Klickitat county boards of commissioners.

Interested applicants should submit a letter and resume by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 to Jennifer Clark, Board Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000. Commissioners also will accept applications by fax at (360) 397-6058 or email at jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov.

Applicants should address their understanding of: challenges before a public library board; perspectives concerning public library services, facilities and materials such as print and electronic books and magazines, CDs, DVDs, digital resources; and the district’s funding as a junior taxing district.

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