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Mission and Roles

The mission of the Library Council of Washington is to promote access to library service and information resources for all people of Washington State. To meet this commitment, the council's membership represents the broadest possible range of library community interests.

    Roles of the Library Council of Washington
  1. Serve as an advocate and a catalyst for developing and implementing statewide library programs that will improve service to all people in Washington through libraries;
  2. Provide a forum for the library community to discuss issues of concern; individual members keep their constituents abreast of the council's progress and regularly request their input;
  3. Advise the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide areas of need in library service, and on library development in Washington State;
  4. Encourage and support cooperation among libraries of all types throughout the state;
  5. Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of statewide library development plans and long range Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) plans;
  6. Advise the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on the use of federal funds;
  7. Pursue opportunities for collaboration with other agencies and community partners who share similar interests with libraries; and
  8. Advocate on behalf of Washington libraries in collaboration with other organizations.
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