A Library Advisory Committee (LAC) member performs duties and responsibilities that support the mission of the Hernando County
Public Library System.  An effective member is both active and informed.

An active member
1.  Attends monthly meetings of the Library Advisory Committee.  Prepares for meetings by reviewing agenda, reports, and background information.  Participates in the conduct of the LAC’s business by contributing knowledge and opinions.
2.  Serves on sub-committees of the LAC; attends training events.
3.  Provides leadership to the LAC by serving as President or Vice President.
4.  Develops and maintains relations and positive rapport with local governmental officials, library staff, Friends groups, and community leaders.
5.  Advocates for the library within the community and when appropriate at local, state, and national levels.
6. Contributes time, money, and zeal to the best of their ability.

An informed member (BASIC)
1. Understands the library’s mission, service roles, and long-range plans and articulates these to the community as well as library supporters and users.
2. Understands the library’s governance structure–that is, the roles and relationships between the LAC, Board of County Commissioners, county administration, library director and staff, and Friends.
3. Is familiar with the library’s statistics that describe its resources, levels of activity, and how the library compares with state standards and other libraries serving similar communities.
4. Understands the library’s funding sources and the role of each in supporting the library’s program of service.
5. Maintains an understanding of library policies and how the library implements them in its daily activities.

An informed member (SUPPLEMENTARY)
1. Is familiar with intellectual freedom principles, the library’s intellectual freedom policies and how they are applied. What are intellectual freedom principles?
2. Is familiar with library laws and state and federal funding programs.
3. Develops and maintains knowledge of library issues on the local, regional, state, and national levels by reading library literature and periodicals and by attending library association meetings.
4. Understands interlibrary cooperation and resource sharing among libraries and the library’s role in regional state, and national networks and consortia.

Reviewed: 3/17/16.
Approved by Library Advisory Committee 3/17/15.