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Library Board of Trustees

The Board of Washoe County Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Washoe County Library Board of Trustees. Term of service is July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2026, with potential reappointment. Trustees must be residents of Washoe County and cannot be elected office-holders. Trustees should be aware of the library’s role in the community as a center of information, culture, recreation, and lifelong learning. See the full announcement.

The Board of Trustees of Washoe County Library System is appointed by the Washoe County Commissioners in accordance with NRS 379.022, and is responsible for governing the operations of Washoe County Library System. The Library Board appoints the Library Director and evaluates his or her performance, helps set library goals and objectives, approves policies, monitors the Library's finances, evaluates the Library's overall effectiveness, and advocates for the library in the community.

Amy Ghilieri, Trustee

Trustee PhotoAmy Ghilieri is a tenured history professor at Western Nevada College. She holds a B.A. in health sciences, an M.B.A., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history. She is a fan of interdisciplinarity. In addition to teaching survey courses in American and European history, she teaches the history of witchcraft and introductory book arts and letterpress courses at WNC. She is also the owner of the Bristlecone Press, which offers letterpress services and educational outreach programs in book arts. She lives in Reno with her spouse, kiddo, and two very sweet mutts. In her spare time she likes to read, run, and enjoy the occasional fermented beverage. Amy Ghilieri's first term on the library board ends June 30, 2023.

Frank Perez, Trustee

Frank Perez was born and raised in northern Nevada. A product of public schools, he attended college at Western Nevada College and the University of Nevada, Reno. He graduated from the University of Nevada in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Involved in local politics, Frank served under the Chairman of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee, Assemblyman Edgar Flores, during the 79th and 80th Nevada Legislative Sessions. Presently, Frank serves on the Board of Directors for Community Health Alliance and for Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada, and is a committee member for the Washoe County School District's School Naming Committee. Mr. Perez believes that everyone in our community should have access to high quality libraries. Frank lives in Reno with his wife Lorena and son Mariano. Frank Perez's first term on the library board ends June 30, 2025.

 

 

To contact the Library Board of Trustees, you can email: LibraryBoard@washoecounty.us

The Library Board meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m., usually at one of the library's twelve locations. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

2022

  • 12/21/2022 - TBD
  • 11/16/2022 - TBD
  • 10/19/2022 - TBD
  • 09/21/2022 - TBD
  • 08/17/2022 - CANCELLED
  • 07/20/2022 - CANCELLED
  • 06/15/2022 - CANCELLED - Incline Village Library
  • 05/18/2022 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & South Valleys Library
  • 04/20/2022 - Notice of Possible Quorum
  • 04/20/2022 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Sparks Library
  • 03/23/2022 - Notice of Possible Quorum
  • 03/23/2022 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Northwest Reno Library
  • 03/16/2022 - RESCHEDULED to 03/23/2022
  • 02/16/2022 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Spanish Springs Library
  • 01/19/2022 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Sierra View Library

2021

  • 12/15/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Downtown Reno Library
  • 11/17/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & North Valleys Library
  • 10/20/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Downtown Reno Library
  • 09/15/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Incline Village Library
  • 08/18/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Downtown Reno Library
  • 07/21/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Hybrid - Virtual Meeting & Downtown Reno Library
  • 06/16/2021 - CANCELLED - Downtown Reno Library
  • 05/19/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 04/21/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 03/17/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 02/17/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 01/20/2021 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting

2020

  • 12/16/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 11/18/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 10/21/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 09/16/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 08/19/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 07/15/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 06/17/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Virtual Meeting
  • 05/20/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Spanish Springs Library - CANCELED
  • 04/15/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - South Valleys Library - CANCELED
  • 03/18/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library - CANCELED
  • 02/25/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Concurrent - County Commission Chambers 
  • 02/19/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library
  • 01/15/2020 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library

2019

2018

2017

  • 12/20/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sierra View Library - (Location Change)
  • 11/15/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - North Valleys Library
  • 10/18/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Hard Rock Hotel (South Lake Tahoe) - CANCELED
  • 10/16/17-10/18/2017 - Notice of Possible Quorum - Hard Rock Hotel (South Lake Tahoe)
  • 09/27/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library (special meeting)
  • 09/20/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sierra View Library - CANCELED
  • 08/16/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Incline Village Library
  • 07/19/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - South Valleys Library
  • 06/21/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - South Valleys Library - CANCELED
  • 05/17/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Northwest Reno Library
  • 05/03/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library (special meeting)
  • 04/19/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Spanish Springs Library
  • 04/19/2017 - Notice of Possible Quorum - Spanish Springs Library
  • 03/15/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library
  • 02/22/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library
  • 02/15/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library - RESCHEDULED
  • 01/18/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library

2016

2015

Washoe County Library System Strategic Planning Process for 2022-2025

Download the Complete Strategic Plan 

Washoe County Library System began its strategic planning process in August 2021. In creating a variety of opportunities for the public and staff to provide input we can maximize the library’s resources to serve the greatest need of Washoe County. We created an online and paper survey that received over 775 responses.

We held eight strategic planning forums at most of our branches throughout the county. We provided an internal survey for staff to provide input as well as the Library Board of Trustees. The majority of our patrons responded as well educated (41% said graduate degree or higher), mostly women (78%), and mostly white (87%). This response is typical for most library patrons. Our survey response is consistent with our user base. However, it does allow us to reflect on outreach to different communities to make sure we are hearing from everyone. When asked how patrons use the library, the top four responses were:

  • Picking Up Holds
  • Browsing for Something New
  • Reading, Relaxing, and Hanging Out
  • Attending Library Events.

The services most important for patrons were:

  • Open Hours
  • New and Popular Books and Movies
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • Events for Seniors
  • Events for Kids.

This response was also consistent when patrons were asked what services they would like to see expanded. One addition was the expansion of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from our online respondents.

Using the survey, forum feedback, and staff feedback, our Leadership Team met over two weeks to discuss how to translate these needs into the following:

  • Stimulate Imagination: Enhance the Washoe County Library System’s Collection based on patron interest and proximity.
  • Provide Welcoming Spaces: Enhance the Washoe County Library System’s Spaces through renovations, spaces, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
  • Workforce Building: Provide Workforce Training and Virtual Space Opportunities for a COVID and Post-COVID Environment.
  • Lifelong Learning: Improve the welfare of and provide more resources for Lifelong Learners and Seniors in Washoe County.
  • School Support: Ensure Washoe County Library System supports in-school children to help them succeed.
  • Celebrate Our Diverse Community: Ensure we are serving and celebrating everyone in our community.
  • Promote the Library: Renew Tax Initiative and ensure the library is financially secure.

There will be a specific time action plan to accompany this document. In engaging these initiatives, we will still maintain existing goals. Our last strategic plan had similar initiatives with Community Hub (much like Welcoming Space), Grow Young Readers (like School Support), Express Creativity (Maker Services and Technology Classes), and Know Your Community.

Just like growing an orchard, a strategic plan plants the seed and allows it to grow. Once matured, we can maintain it. This next phase will plant more seeds for our library to grow and meet the needs of the citizens of Washoe County.

Previous Strategic Plans

Annual Reports

Other Plans & Reports

Print

The Wall Street Journal

Full access to the most recent issues of the Journal

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times

Reading Challenges

Participate in all our reading challenges with the Beanstack app

TechBoomers

Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers

Mango Languages

Easy access to language learning . More than 72 languages offered.

LinkedIn Learning

Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources

Explora

Research resources and tools for students and teachers

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

STEAM

Science, technology, engineering, and art resources

Reopening Plan

See our plan for a safe, responsible reopening of our physical locations

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Family Engagement and Literacy

Cultural and educational resources for kids of all ages

Get a Card

Sign up for an instant digital card to get access to all our online resources.

Community Resources

Resources and support during the coronavirus outbreak

Back to Work Nevada

Links to resume help, unemployment insurance, and business loan providers

Apps and Tools

Many of our most popular resources have apps for easy use on mobile devices.

TumbleBiblioteca

Disfrute de más de 50 libros, libros de dibujos, y libros con audio para niños de todas las edades.

Referencia Latina

Texto completo cubre una amplia gama de temas dentro y fuera de la academia.

OverDrive

Colección de libros electrónicos y audiolibros descargables en inglés o español y revistas.

The New York Times

Acceso gratuito en línea al New York Times, tanto de forma remota como en la biblioteca.

HelpNow

Tutoría en vivo en español o inglés está disponible con Brainfuse HelpNow