Arrowhead-libraryCharged with the responsibilities of fiscal oversight and policy-setting, the Governing Board of the Arrowhead Library System consists of thirteen representatives of the region’s citizens and member libraries. Public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries each elect one member for a total of four local trustees to the ALS Board. The Board of Commissioners from each of the seven participating counties appoint a total of nine citizens to the ALS Board. As per Minnesota Statutes, terms of office are for three years, with a limit of three consecutive three-year terms. Terms start January 1 of a given year.

The ALS Governing Board has an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Secretary, and Chairs of the Budget and Personnel Committees. Officers are elected at the Annual Meeting in May of each year. Much of the work of the Governing Board is delegated to four standing committees: budget, executive, governance, and personnel.

The full ALS Governing Board meets the second Thursday of the month in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The ALS Executive Committee meets in March, May, September, and November. Except for the Annual Meeting in May of each year, the Governing Board meetings start at 10:00 a.m. and are preceded by an Executive Committee meeting.


Board Members / Seat

Patricia Brandstaetter – Carlton County
Amanda Houle – School Libraries
Dennis Jerome – Itasca County
Lenore Johnson – Lake County
Virginia Katz – St. Louis County
Marge McPeak – St. Louis County
Helen Muth – Cook County
Crystal Phillips – Public Libraries
Ron Rudd – Lake of the Woods County
Matt Rosendahl – Academic Libraries
John Schifsky РSt. Louis County
Jason Sjoblom – Koochiching County
Christopher Welter – Special Libraries

Board Officers

Dennis Jerome, President
Lenore Johnson, Secretary
Amanda Houle, Budget Committee Chair
Marge McPeak, Personnel Committee Chair

Standing Committees

  • Budget
  • Executive
  • Governance
  • Personnel

Page updated: 01/06/2020