[Michlib-l] Board members compensation

White, Shannon (MDE) WhiteS29 at michigan.gov
Mon Dec 21 12:04:00 EST 2020

This is great opportunity to remind everyone in the Michigan library community that your library establishment, meaning the actual legal authority your library was created under, dictates many of the  circumstances around how your individual library operates.  In Michigan there are TEN different types of public libraries operating under NINE different establishment laws. Don't forget what may work or be followed for one public library may not be what can or should be followed by another one.  Always refer to your library's establishment first, then go from there when considering or researching what your individual library operates.

Clare has/is followed up with this one library that is a district library.

If you would like to review all the establishment laws you can find more details here: https://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,9327,7-381-88855_89735_89755---,00.html


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Receiving compensation as a per diem or other structured compensation from the organization is NOT a conflict of interest.  Conflict of interest comes into play when a decision of a Board member results in that Board member benefiting financially.

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Subject: Re: [Michlib-l] Board members compensation

In reading the Trustees Handbook put out by the Library of Michigan, it seems that receiving compensation for serving on a Library Board is a conflict of interest. I just reviewed it when this question came up.
Pages 11 & 14 both have a blurb about Trustees not benefiting financially from their affiliation with their library.
I am certainly not a lawyer, but I was always under the impression that being a Trustee was a volunteer position even when elected.
This is a great question for Clare.

Leslie Makela, Director
Forsyth Township Public Library

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Our board members are elected &
they don't get paid. We don't even pay them mileage if they go to a library mtg at our co-op.

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Subject: [Michlib-l] Board members compensation

Our library board director was wondering, do any libraries pay there board members? Other businesses that hold monthly meetings pays their  board. The average is about $30 per meeting.

 We are curious, because it is very hard to find board members and very hard when we do get one for them to actual participate. Maybe.... they would be more involved if they got paid. Just an idea they were batting around.
Thank you for your time and your thoughts on this matter.

Pamela Feutz
Adult Services
Tamarack District Library
832 S Lincoln
Lakeview Mi 48850
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