About the Library Board
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is a municipal library established under section 43.52 of the Wisconsin Statutes. According to 43.54 (1) (a), the Board of Trustees shall consist of nine (9) members except as provided below in 43.60 (3) (a). Members shall be residents of the municipality, except that not more than two (2) members of the total number of members of The Board of Trustees may be residents of other municipalities. Members shall be appointed with the approval of the Eau Claire City Council.
According to 43.54 (1) (c), the Eau Claire City Council shall appoint as one of the members a school district administrator, or the administrator’s representative, to represent the public school district or districts in which the public library is located. Not more than one member of the municipal governing body shall at any one time be a member of the library board.
According to 43.60 (3) (a), A county chairperson, with the approval of the county board, may appoint from among the residents of the county additional members to the library board of a public library of a municipality located in whole or in part in the county, for a term of 3 years from the May 1 following the appointment, and thereafter for a term of 3 years, as follows: “If the annual sum appropriated by the county to the public library is equal to at least one sixth, but less than one third, of the annual sum appropriated to the public library by any municipality in which the public library is located during the preceding fiscal year, one additional member.
The regular term of office for a Library Board member shall be three years from July of the year of appointment, except that the Superintendent of Schools’ representative and the City Council representative serve at the pleasure of the Superintendent and the City Council, respectively. The City Council representative is appointed or re-appointed annually on the third Tuesday in April. No other Trustee may serve more than two full consecutive terms or six years, whichever is greater. Filling anything less than a full term is an unexpired term such that a citizen may agree to fill an unexpired term plus two additional and consecutive terms. A former Board member can be reappointed after a lapse of one year.
Meetings and Membership
Library Board meetings are held at 5:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the library’s Board Room in the Administration office of the library. The meetings are open to the public.
If you would like to be considered for the Library Board, all applications to City Boards, Commissions and Committees begins by filling out the Citizen Resource Form. Make sure you indicate the Library Board as one of your preferred options. If you would like information about having your name placed in the Citizen Resource Bank, please contact:
City Manager’s Office
203 S. Farwell Street
P.O. Box 5148
Eau Claire, WI 54702-5148
Phone: (715) 839-4902
(or you can fill out the Citizen Resource Bank Form online)
When there is an opening on the Library Board, the Citizen Resource Bank is checked and recommendations made by the Library Director and Library Board President from there.
Current Library Board Members
City and Regional Planning; Administrator and Professor (Retired), University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Library Director, McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Attorney, State Public Defender’s Office
Eau Claire City Council Representative
Eau Claire City Councilman
Director of Technology, Eau Claire Area School District
Eau Claire County Representative
Eau Claire County Board; Lecturer, English Department, University of Wisconsin
Planning Development Coordinator, Western Dairyland Community Action Agency
Ph: 715-836-7511 ext. 1108
Library Board Resources
The Library Board of Trustees
Director Evaluation Process
Library Board Meeting Packets and Minutes
Library Board Minutes/Reports (2019–present)
Library Board Minutes/Reports (2004–2018)