GOVERNMENT AND ORGANIZATION
The Maplewood Public Library was established in 1935 and became a tax supported library in 1936. The Library is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of nine (9) members who are appointed by the city's Mayor for a three (3) year term. Board members may serve three (3) consecutive terms on the Library Board.
The responsibility and management of affairs of the Library are vested in the Board of Trustees. Its responsibilities include the selection and appointment of the Library's Director, promotion of the Library's interests, and exclusive control of the collection and expenditure of all money in the library fund. Subject to existing statutes and ordinances, it has the power to determine the rules and regulations governing library service and personnel.
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees are held each month, with the dates being set for the upcoming year at the Board's Annual Meeting.
The Board supports cooperation and networking between the Library and other library organizations, including the Municipal Library Consortium and the Libraries Without Boundaries reciprocal lending group.
The Library is supported by a library tax at the rate of twenty-four and one-tenth cents ($ .241) as of July, 2002, with a voted tax rate ceiling of twenty-five cents, as well as Missouri state aid to libraries, fines, miscellaneous fees, proceeds from the sale of discarded material, grants and contributions.
The Library's fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. An annual budget is prepared by the Director and submitted to the Board of Trustees for final approval prior to the start of the fiscal year. An annual audit is made of the Library by an independent auditing agency.
The Director is the administrative officer of the Library. The Director's duty is to carry out the policies and decisions of the Board of Trustees in the administration of the Library as they affect both patrons and employees. The Director is not a member of the Board, but attends all meetings, except at those times when the Director's status or salary is to be a matter of business, and has the right to speak on all matters under discussion.
The Director is in charge of Library personnel, and is responsible for the assignment of duties and the selection, development, evaluation and termination of Library staff. The Director is also responsible for collection development, building supervision and maintenance, and the development of Library programs, and acts as the representative of the Library to individuals and to professional and community organizations.