Library Board of Trustees

WCLS Board of Trustees 2019

APPLY TO BE A TRUSTEE: Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks Whatcom County residents who love libraries to fill a partial term on the WCLS Board of Trustees.  This term will expire 1/31/2025. Library Trustees’ responsibilities include: 

  • Being an advocate for the library system and the community it serves. 
  • Establishing a mission, vision and strategic plan for the future of the library system. 
  • Observing and assessing the effectiveness of the library system.
  • Establishing and implementing policies for the library system. 
  • Participating in the facilities and budget planning for the library system.
  • Evaluating the performance of the Executive Director of the library system.

Candidates should live in Whatcom County, outside the city limits of Bellingham. Those with deep ties to Whatcom County’s communities are encouraged to apply. Trustees must share WCLS’s values in People, Community, Curiosity and Stewardship and believe in our mission to Connect information, ideas and community. The Board is willing to change the meeting date and time to accommodate trustees’ schedules.

WCLS Board of Trustees 2019

Applications for the WCLS Board of Trustees are accepted at the Whatcom County Administrative Office. Applicants are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Please click the following links for the Application Form and more information on How to Apply. In addition to meeting the expectations for Whatcom County Board and Commission Members, WCLS Library Board of Trustees members must be able to uphold the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement, the Washington Library Association Intellectual Freedom Section and the WCLS Board of Trustees BylawsTrustee Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy.

The Whatcom County Library System and the Bellingham Public Library are two separate, reciprocal library systems. Bellingham Public Library is currently seeking candidates for a vacancy on their Board of Trustees. If you live inside the Bellingham city limits and would like to serve on the Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees, you may submit an application through May 23, 2022, on their webpage,, or by clicking this link

The five volunteer members of the WCLS Board of Trustees are appointed by the Whatcom County Executive. The Library Board is responsible for budget oversight and setting policy for WCLS. Day to day management is entrusted to the Executive Director, who is hired by the Board. Regular public meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month – see the meeting schedule below for dates and locations. (NOTE: Changes in meeting dates and times could be considered at the request of a new board member.)

Board of Trustees

Marv Waschke

Marvin Waschke, Chair
Finance Committee
Personnel Committee
WCLF Liaison
Second Term
Expires 1/31/2023

Claudia Disend, Secretary
Community Relations Committee
Personnel Committee
First Term
Expires 1/31/2025

Lori Jump, Vice Chair
Community Relations Committee
Second Term
Expires 1/31/2024

Erika Nuerenberg

Erika Lautenbach
Second Term
Expires 1/31/2027
Photo of Library Director Rod Lofdahl

Rodney Lofdahl
Finance Committee
Personnel Committee
Second Term
Expires 1/31/2026
Christine Perkins

Christine Perkins
Executive Director
Whatcom County Library System
Contact Executive Director

Public Meetings

The Board holds public meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Locations vary. Changes to the schedule become available at least one week in advance. Persons with special needs or disabilities who will need accommodations to attend the meetings are asked to please contact us at (360) 305-3600 at least three business days in advance of the meeting.

Board of Trustees Meetings are open to the public in accordance with RCW 42.30. The Board is currently holding meetings with options for in-person or remote participation. This year’s meeting dates and locations are shown below. Persons wishing to be provided an internet link or telephone number to access the meeting are asked to please contact Ruth Nail at or (360) 305-3641 before 4:00 p.m. on the Monday preceding the meeting, or at least three business days in advance of the meeting if special accommodations are required to attend the meeting. Written public comments may be submitted to prior to the meeting.

2022 Meeting Dates: Location:
January 18 Via Teleconference***Please see contact information above to request link or phone-in details.
February 15 Via Teleconference***Please see contact information above to request link or phone-in details.
March 15 Via Teleconference***Please see contact information above to request link or phone-in details.
April 19 Via Teleconference***Please see contact information above to request link or phone-in details.
May 17 Via Teleconference***Please see contact information above to request link or phone-in details.
June 21 Ferndale Public Library
June 30 Special Meeting Ferndale Public Library – Board Facilities Planning Retreat
July 19 Island Library
August 16 Ferndale Public Library
September 20 Everson McBeath Community Library
October 18 Ferndale Public Library
November 15 Administrative Services
December 20 Administrative Services