Library and Early Education Commission

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The Library and Early Education Commission is composed of 15 members, four of whom have significant experience in early education. Each Commissioner serves a four-year term with the potential to be reappointed to a second four-year term.

Mission Statement

The Commission advocates for high quality, impactful, and innovative library and early education services that serve as a foundation for a vibrant and diverse city. The Commission provides a venue for public discussion of services and resources that support and promote early education and world class libraries.

Purpose

Acting as the voice of the public, the Commission studies, reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to the City Council and the San Jose Public Library administration regarding existing or proposed library facilities, early education and library programs, operations, services, financing, and leading edge developments. The Commission advocates high quality and impactful library and early education services and, as a forum for public discussion of library and early education needs, the Commission facilitates communication between the public, the City Council, and the San Jose Public Library staff.

Library and Early Education Commission Membership

Support Activities

  • Library Bond Oversight Committee
    Work with community representatives to annually review Library Bond Project expenditures and report findings to the City Council.
     
  • Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee
    Annually reviews Library Parcel Tax expenditures and reports findings to the City Council.
     
  • Liaison to Friends Groups & Other Library Organizations
    Act as a communication link between the commission and assigned support groups.
     
  • Budget Review
    Annually review and comment on the Mayor's Budget Plans to the Mayor and City Council members.
     
  • Long Range Planning
    Provide public representation on library planning committees.
     
  • Government Policy Review
    Monitor proposed policies and advocate those that would have a positive impact on public library service.
     
  • Community Involvement
    Represent the commission at community activities involving the library system.
     

Library and Early Education Commission Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Reports

Please note: No Library and Early Education Commission meetings held in July and August  

Attending Meetings

The Library and Early Education Commission meets 7:00pm to 9:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June. Meetings are typically held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the second  floor, but please check the agenda before attending to be sure of the meeting location. Commissioners are expected to attend all sessions. All meetings are open to the public the entire duration. Requests to place a particular topic on the agenda must be submitted in writing or email, a minimum of two weeks in advance. Mail your request to:

San José Public Library
ATTN: Library Commission
150 E. San Fernando St.
San José, CA 95112

Or, you may email your request to: commission.sjpl@sjlibrary.org. Enter "Agenda Request" as your subject.

Library Commission Agenda Procedures (PDF)