Warren-Newport Public Library District
Lake County, Illinois
Board of Trustees
Adopted: January 15, 2013
Reviewed/Revised: June 21, 2016; April 23, 2019
The Board of Trustees of the Warren-Newport Public Library District (WNPLD) is committed to
appraising its own performance as a Board in order to identify its strengths as well as areas for
improvement. Therefore, the Board has established the following processes.
The Board of Trustees shall conduct an annual self-evaluation. The ultimate goal of this
self-evaluation is to improve WNPLD operations and policies for the benefit of its patrons and
staff. Objectives of Board self-evaluation include the clarification of roles, the enhancement of
communication, cooperation, and understanding among Trustees, and the improvement of
Board cohesiveness, effectiveness, and productivity.
Each January, the President of the Board shall appoint an ad hoc committee to determine the
process and instrument to be used in that year’s Board self-evaluation. The evaluation
instrument shall incorporate criteria contained in these Board policies as well as those
recognized by practitioners in the fields of public libraries and board effectiveness. It shall also
include opportunities to assess progress on the prior year’s goals and to offer suggestions for
the following year’s goals.
All Trustees are expected to complete the evaluation instrument and submit it to the Chair of the
ad hoc Board Self-Evaluation Committee. The Chair shall tabulate and summarize the results
for discussion among Trustees at a Board meeting. The results and subsequent discussion will
be used to identify accomplishments in the past year, areas for improvement, and goals for the
following year. The Executive Director may also be asked to provide his or her perspective on
Board performance and accomplishments during the prior year and/or on upcoming goals.
At the completion of the Board Self-Evaluation process, the survey instrument, summary of
results, and any other relevant documents shall be placed in the Board Self-Evaluation binder in
the locked Board cabinet. These documents shall be archived for not less than ten (10) years
for the reference of future Boards.
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