Board of Trustees

Current Members


Becky McMillen Chairperson 2017-2020
Gerard Arantowicz Vice Chairperson 2018-2022
Carl Butell Treasurer 2017-2020
Jana Craig-Hare Board Member 2017-2021
Aaron Good Board Member 2019-2023
Karen Hemphill Board Member 2017-2021
Chelsea Paxson Board Member 2019-2023

The next Board of Trustees Meeting will be:

7 p.m. on August 27 at Your Baldwin City Library

We’re Hiring at the Baldwin City Library

Are you an enthusiastic, community-minded leader? Are you a visionary looking for an opportunity to shape a public library poised for growth? If so, The Baldwin Public Library Board of Directors invite you to apply to be our new Library Director.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills, carefully steward financial resources, and promote collaborative relationships throughout the community. The library has an annual budget supported through tax dollars, a regional system grant, donations, and the Friends of the Baldwin Public Library. The library is a member of the Northeast Kansas Library System and is a full participant in NEXT, a shared regional catalog of 43 libraries.

Responsibilities: The Director has overall responsibility for planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of library operations and services including, but not limited to: budget, personnel, collection development, technical and automation services, facilities, programming, and community relations.

Baldwin City, Kansas, population 4,500, is a family-friendly community located 16 miles from Lawrence and 46 miles from Kansas City, Missouri, and is home to Baker University. To learn more about the community, visit: and

Requirements:  A Bachelor’s degree; Master of Library Science degree preferred. A preferred minimum of three years professional library experience. Other preferred qualifications include experience reporting to a governing board, successful fundraising/grant writing skills, experience working with budgets, and working effectively with government officials and other public constituencies.

See below to review full position description and learn more about the Library.

Compensation:  The position offers a hiring salary of $35,000 (dependent upon experience, qualifications and the number of hours decided upon by the board and applicant).

Review of applications begins August 30th and continues until filled.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to the Board Chair, Becky McMillen, at:



PURPOSE: The Library Director performs a variety of administrative and supervisory tasks in planning, organizing and implementing the programs and services of the library system, in accordance with established policies and under authority delegated by and approval of the Board of Trustees.


  • Act as technical advisor to the board; recommend needed policies for board action
  • Recommend employment of all personnel and supervises their work;
  • Report requirements for board participation when appropriate;
  • Carry out the policies of the library as adopted by the board;
  • Suggest and carry out plans for extending the library’s services;
  • Supervise and/or man the Circulation Desk;
  • Reference;
  • Select and order all books and other library materials;
  • Review books, periodicals and collections which are outdated or not used;

Coordinate removal and disposition of such books;

  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget;
  • Monitor the library facilities and equipment so they are maintained properly;

Report any needs to the Library Board for action.  When appropriate, coordinate maintenance and repair functions.

  • Attend all board meetings other than those in which own salary or tenure are under discussion;
  • May serve as Secretary of the Board;
  • Attend Friends of the Library Board Meetings;
  • Make use of the services and consultants of the state library extension agency; Coordinate the library program with other leisure programs, city departments, and outside organizations such as the school district, historical society and various community-based groups;
  • Oversee the Summer Reading Program along with the Friends of the Library;
  • Schedule Activity Room and display case;
  • Affiliate with the state and national professional organization and attend professional meetings and workshops;
  • Know local and state laws; actively support library legislation in the state and nation; prepare regular reports embodying the library’s current progress and future needs; work with Treasurer in completing all forms for State and/or NEKLS; complete annual reports, etc.;
  • Attend at least one NEKLS assembly annually;
  • Maintain a personal membership in the Kansas Library Association;
  • Review important aspects of policy with staff yearly.


Activity Room Usage Policy

The Baldwin City Library offers the Activity Room for the general public’s use.  The activity room seats 150 people.

To ensure proper usage and equal access, the following guidelines have been provided.

Meetings may be scheduled up to three months in advance. Exceptions require the approval of the Library Director and Board.

No more than two consecutive meetings may be scheduled at one time. Exceptions require the approval of the Library Director and Board.

On-site adult supervision is required during any scheduled usage of the Activity Room.

Library activities have precedence over other events.

The organization and a representative from the scheduled group are responsible for any damage to the building, furniture or equipment.

A pre-paid fee of $50.00 per 4 hour increment will be charged for any group serving refreshments.

A small kitchen is available for use. Serving coffee, tea or other light refreshments is allowed (with the $50 fee); however, no cooking or catered events are allowed.  The kitchen is to be cleaned after use.  Drinks or refreshments are to be provided by the organization, not the library.

Any special needs are to be listed in advance and an attempt will be made to accommodate them.

The room is to be left in an orderly manner after use. All trash must be properly disposed of and furniture returned to its original position.

The library has provided a checklist for closing procedures for the user’s convenience. The responsible party must complete this list which is in the envelope before leaving and return it in the envelope with the key.

No alcoholic beverages or smoking are allowed on the premises.

Please be mindful of others who are also using the library. Any loud noise will not be allowed.

1.13   The library is not responsible for items left on display.  All materials must be removed immediately following any scheduled event.

1.14   All hanging art work must be hung from the picture railing.  If the art objects cannot be hung directly from the railing, the sponsoring group must supply background material which can be hung from the railing.

1.15   The library reserves the right to refuse future use of the room by any group or organization which has previously violated these guidelines.

1.16   No materials are to be stored in the furnace rooms.

1.17   No solicitations or petitions are allowed outside of the Activity Room.

Closing Procedures

  • Return all furniture and equipment to original positions.
  • Unplug and return all appliances to original positions.
  • If the kitchen was used, clean up and leave as it was found.
  • Dispose of any garbage.
  • Check toilets and basins for running water. Please turn off if possible.  Otherwise, notify the Library Director of problem.
  • Turn off all indoor lights and fan.
  • Be sure both front doors are locked and closed securely. Both doors must be locked with the key. Place the key in the envelope and put it in the book drop when exiting the library.  Failure to return the key promptly will result in a $25.00 fine.