Vinton Public Library Staff & Board of Trustees


Virginia Holsten - Director
Lani Schwarting - Circulation Manager
Amy Noe - Children's Librarian
Barbara Rego
Mary Berry

Board of Trustees

Brent Patterson - President                                                                                                           Term of service - 2016-2020                                                                                                          Tina Nelson - Vice President                                                                                                         Term of service - 2013-2017 / 2017-2021                                                                                     Lorie Smith - Secretary                                                                                                                 Term of service - 2015-2019                                                                                                           Kim Johnson                                                                                                                               Term of service - 2017-2021                                                                                                            Jeff Mangold
Term of service - 2015-2019                                                                                                            Jeff Peterson                                                                                                                                 Term of service - 2015-2019                                                                                                           Deb Rundlett                                                                                                                               Term of service - 2015-2019                                                                                                          Matt Salger                                                                                                                                  Term of service - 2017-2021                                                                                                           Eric Upmeyer                                                                                                                              Term of service - 2013-2017 / 2017-2021

The Vinton Library Board of Trustees meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm at the library. 

Public Library Boards in Iowa

Public library boards have five primary roles:

1.  Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community as a member of the library board.   To be a library advocate is to work for the betterment of library services for the community.   Advocacy includes working to obtain adequate funding for the library; pursuing opportunities to meet and speak with community groups; getting to know the mayor and city council; making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.

2.  Plan for the future of the library.  Planning is one of the most important trusts that the community gives to the library board.  Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years.  It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.

3.  Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library.  The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should.  For example, the library board is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent.  The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid.  The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with the service received from the library.

4.  Set library policies.  The library board spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies.  (Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library.)  Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day to day basis.

5.  Hire and evaluate the library director.  The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library and works with the director, carefully respecting each other’s roles.  The board also regularly evaluates the director to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.