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Oshawa Public Library Board Recruitment

The Oshawa Public Library Board has an opening for one appointee until the current term ends in November 2022. 



Must be at least eighteen years of age, a Canadian citizen, and a resident of Oshawa. Cannot be employed by the City of Oshawa.



The Oshawa Public Library Board is a governance board that oversees policies governing the operation and programs of the Library as well as advocating for the support of library programs and services.  Ten citizens are appointed by City Council, as well as one Councillor.



The Library Board meets ten times per year on the 3rd Thursday of each month, except for July and August, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

The Board also has two standing committees that meet on an as needed basis:

  • Finance
  • Governance


Other key principal duties include:

1. Ensure that all decision-making is made in line with the legal, political, financial and community context within which the Library operates;

2. Appoint a CEO and annually evaluate the performance of the CEO in accordance with OPL’s CEO Performance Review process;

3. Appoint a Treasurer, or equivalent, whose responsibilities include:

• receive and account for all the Board’s money;

• open account(s) in the name of the Board in a chartered bank, trust company or credit union approved by the Board;

• deposit all monies received by the Board to the credit of the Board’s account; and

• disburse money as the Board directs.

4. Adopt, review and monitor OPL’s Strategic Plan, together with the capital and operating budgets recommended by management to enable the Library to reach its objectives and goals;

5. Oversee, adopt and review the Library’s by-laws and policies;

6. Advocates the Library’s role in the community and establishes the Library as an essential service;

7. Hold regular meetings once a month for at least 10 months each year and at such other times as it considers necessary;

8. Fix times and places for Board meetings, call and conduct them in accordance with parliamentary procedures and ensure full and correct minutes are kept in accordance with good corporate governance practices;

9. Supply an annual report and an annual financial audit to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, together with any other reports and/or information required by the Ontario Public Libraries Act or by the Minister.



This is a volunteer position with no financial compensation.


To apply:

Please fill out form and return to the City Clerk’s Office.





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