We’ve done some research on the Jackson Parish Library Board of Control, and their terms of appointment. Here’s what we’ve found.
The five members are appointed by the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) and serve staggered five year terms. See here the minutes of previous jury meetings when their appointments were made:
Hazel Martin – 12/11/2006.
Pauline Johnson – 12/14/2009. Johnson filled the unexpired term of Terri Barnes – 11/12/2007
Ronnie Spillers – 12/02/2008.
Rose Foster 12/14/2009
Carolyn Crawley 12/13/2010
The terms expire on 12/31 as follows:
Hazel Martin – 2011
Pauline Johnson – 2012
Ronnie Spillers – 2013
Rose Foster – 2014
Carolyn Crawley – 2015
Here’s the state law that governs:
LA RS25:214 – Board of control; members; appointment and terms of office
B. The governing authority of the parish shall, in the ordinance creating a public library, name and appoint, at its option, not less than five citizens nor more than seven citizens of the parish as a board of control for such parish library to serve for terms of one, two, three, four, and five years, the successors of whom shall each be appointed for a term of five years. The president of the police jury shall be ex officio, a member of the board of control for such public library, provided however that the president of the police jury shall have the right to designate another member of the governing authority of the parish to serve in his place and stead on the board of control of such public library.
It appears the police jury could immediately appoint two additional members of the board of control if it so chooses.
LA RS 25:215 – Duties and powers of the board; employment of librarian, assistants, and other employees
A. The board of control shall meet and organize immediately after their appointment and annually thereafter and elect a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, whose duties shall be those customarily exercised by such officers. The board of control shall have authority to establish rules and regulations for its own government and that of the library not inconsistent with law; to elect and employ a librarian, and, upon the recommendation and approval of the latter, to employ assistant librarians and other employees and fix their salaries and compensation; provided that no contract of employment shall be made for a longer period than four years nor with any person as head librarian who has not been certified by the State Board of Library Examiners as provided in R.S. 25:222. The head librarian may be appointed or elected secretary of the board of control.
From the website of the State Library of Louisiana.
The director of any public library in Louisiana must by certified by the State Board of Library Examiners. To be eligible for certification, a candidate must have
- A baccalaureate degree,
- A master’s degree of library science from an ALA accredited library school,
- Three years of appropriate executive experience, after receiving the master’s degree, and
- Met CE requirements as established by the State Board of Library Examiners.
The examination includes both oral and written components and covers aspects of public library service such as organization and administration, financial operations, and standards for library service.
Also, see here the minutes of the 7/26/2011 special meeting of the JPPJ.