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WCLS LogoDid you know the Trustees on the Whatcom County Library Board are all citizen volunteers?  Appointed by the Whatcom County Council, these five talented people oversee the budget,

set policy, and are involved in Strategic Planning and library advocacy.   

2012 Board of TrusteesAt the beginning of each calendar year, the Trustees elect officers and appoint committee members.  For 2012, Deborah Lambert will continue to serve as Chair, with James Amend as Vice Chair, and Tom Burton as Secretary.  Fred Haslam and Lis Marshall are also seated on the 5-member volunteer Board. Library Trustees serve five-year terms with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Each Trustee serves on two or more committees including: Policy, Finance, Personnel, Facilities, and Advocacy.  In addition, one member also serves on the Whatcom County Library Foundation board and another member serves as a representative to the Bellingham Public Library’s Board of Trustees and attends their meetings.

All Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public and are governed by the Washington Open Public Meetings Act. Regular monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. Special meetings are sometimes called. Meeting locations and schedule are published on the Board of Trustees page on, where you can also find meeting agendas and minutes.

Community focusWhile the majority of the meetings take place at the Administration Center on Northwest Drive, the Trustees schedule 4 of their regular meetings at branch libraries each year to give communities a chance to come to a meeting locally and so Trustees stay connected to the concerns of the libraries and their communities.  Come on down to a board meeting when the Trustees visit your library.

The Trustees and library staff are working to formulate a new three-year community-based strategic plan to replace the plan ending in 2012. A steering committee of local stakeholders, including mayors, city managers, and business owners, met in April 2012 to begin identifying common community needs. A “Library of the Future” committee of library staff has also been convened to ask “What If” and explore cutting-edge services and the tough issues facing libraries today.

WCLS honors the volunteer service of the talented members of the Board of Trustees. Their work is immensely valuable to our library system.  Like the 11 Friends of the Library groups, the Whatcom County Library Foundation board, Storytime volunteers, and so many others, volunteers help make WCLS the best place to begin!