Board & Staff
Our board members
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the expenditure of library funds. Board members serve 2 three year terms. Since this is a city/county library two board members are appointed by the county commission and two by the city commission. Additionally, one city commissioner and one county commissioner serve on the board bring the total board membership to six.
The board meets monthly on the third Thursday at 5:30pm. Meeting are open to the public and library patrons are encouraged to attend.
Hilde Van Gijssel
President, represents Barnes County, first term expires June 2021
Vice president, represents Valley City, first term expires June 2022
Secretary, represents Barnes County, second term expires June 2021
Treasurer, Valley City Commission Representative
Barnes County Commission Representative
Represents Valley City, first term expires June 2022
Our director is Steve Hammel. He has a Masters in Library and Information Science, a Bachelors in History with a minor in Islamic Studies, and a Bachelors in Classical Languages and Literatures all from the University of Kentucky. He is an active member of the North Dakota Library Association, the Association of Small and Rural Libraries, and has additional professional memberships with the American Library Association and the Public Library Association. He has served as director since May 2013. Prior to that he worked at libraries in Iowa, Louisiana, and Kentucky.
Board or director; who does what?
The library staff is dedicated to meeting the informational, educational, and entertainment needs of our patrons. They are the front line of all things library related and take pride in the quality of service we provide.