4.1  |  Library leaders attend meetings of local elected governing bodies (e.g., city council, county board of supervisors, town council) that exist within their legal service area at least annually


Local elected governing bodies are the lowest level of the government hierarchy for a given community. Depending on a library's location, this body might be a city or town council, county board of supervisors, or may span multiple jurisdictions. While some libraries may not receive authority from their local governing bodies, as in the case of independent nonprofit public libraries and libraries that derive their authority from a special library district, it is important for all libraries to attend meetings of the local governing bodies where they operate in order to build relationships with leaders and and stay in touch with local decisions that affect patrons and sometimes the libraries themselves and to build support for future funding needs that may be outside the library's usual funding stream, such as capital improvement projects. Libraries that receive their funding through special tax levies or millage that bypasses local government budget allocation decisions should still attend meetings of local elected governing bodies at least annually for the same reasons. Annual attendence at these meetings should be considered a minimum requirement; building good relationships with community leaders may require more frequent appearances.


FOR THE ASSESSMENT
Answer Yes if library leaders attend the meetings of local elected governing bodies at least once per year.
Answer No, but plan to in the next year if no library leader has attended a meeting of the local governing body in the past year but intend to do so next year.
Answer No, would like to but cannot at this time if you would like attend at least one meeting of the local governing body per year but are unable to do so.
Answer No, we have no plans to do so at this time if you have not attended at least one meeting or the local governing body in the past year and you have no plans to attend one in the in the next year.