Meet the Board of Library Trustees…
The Board of Library Trustees consists of five members elected for three-year terms.The Library Director is an ex-officio member of the Board and is the executive and administrative officer of the Library on behalf of the Board and under its review and direction.
For more information on the role of the Board of Library Trustees, see the TRUSTEE BYLAWS.
|Eric Jackson, Vice-Chair [term expires 2020]
Eric Jackson is the current Vice-Chair of the Parker Library Board of Trustees. He has also served as a Dracut High School science teacher for over 15 years. Weekly, Eric mentors the next generation of imaginative young adults through our YA Gaming Club, which plays cooperative role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons.
|Dr. Linda Trouville, Chair [term expires 2020]
Dr. Linda Trouville, currently the Chair of the Parker Library Board of Trustees, was born and bred in Dracut. Having been raised in the Dracut school system, Linda developed a strong relationship with the Parker Library in her elementary school years, when the library was housed in a closet at the Collinsville School. Dr. Trouville has been a teacher, Director, and administrator in the Dracut school system. She has utilized the town library for close to 70 years and has gained a firm knowledge base because of this relationship. She enjoys encouraging students to spend more time investigating the library and what it has to offer.
|James (Jim) Nolan, Secretary [term expires 2021]
James (Jim) Nolan has served three consecutive terms as a Parker Library trustee. Born in Boston during WWII, Jim attended seven different schools in both the United States and Germany as his family followed his father, a career army officer on his different postings. He completed high school and went on to college in New York City, later working on a Master’s Degree in English Literature at Boston College. Two and a half years of active duty in the United States Army followed. After his military service, Jim taught history in the public school system in a community south of Boston. He and his wife moved to Dracut in 1982.
|Monique Verville [term expires 2022]
Monique Verville has been a 7th grade mathematics teacher at the Richardson Middle School for over ten years. She reports that her classroom is equipped with its own mini library. She says that she finds teaching one of the most gratifying jobs and could not picture herself doing anything else. Monique holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Lesley University. Some of Monique’s favorite authors are Mary Higgins Clark, Steve Berry, and Gwendoline Butler.
|Gretchen Mayall [term expires 2021]
Gretchen is a newcomer to the Board of Trustees, starting her first term in 2018. She moved to Dracut from Illinois 1997 and fell in love with the library immediately. She started volunteering with the Friends of the Library nine years ago and felt becoming a Trustee was a natural progression. She received her MBA from Rivier University in 2017 and has been in the financial services industry for 20+ years.
She and her husband David have four children. One is a school teacher, one a Reference Librarian at another library. One son is in Sales and the youngest is a Jr. at UMASS Lowell.
The following Massachusetts General Laws apply to the Board and all actions that they may take.
MGL ch 78, sec 10 – dealing with how the town selects trustees, elections and makeup of the board.
MGL ch 78, sec 11 – dealing with the powers and duties of a trustee.
MGL ch 78, sec 12 – requiring Trustees to make an annual report to the Town on receipts and expenditures of the library.
MGL ch 78, sec 13 – dealing with the non-applicability of the previous sections to library associations and libraries organized under special aid.
MGL ch 78, sec 33 – requiring the trustees to adopt a written policy for the selection of library materials.
MGL ch 78, sec 34 – requiring the Trustees to be responsible for preparing a written employment contract for the Librarian, detailing the basic conditions for employment.
MGL ch 41, sec 109 – dealing with the resignation of town officers and residential requirements for holding office.
MGL ch 41, sec 11 – outlining the requirements a town must take to fill such a vacancy.
MGL ch 30A, sec 18-25 – explaining open meeting law, executive session and requirements of record keeping.
MGL ch 30A, sec 20 – allowing for a presiding officer in an open meeting to remove unruly persons.