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Library Commission Member Qualifications
Members of the commission must live in San José. Commissioners must have a keen interest in the library system and the communities it serves, and should be able to work well with other commissioners, staff and the public.

There is no compensation for library commissioners. However, from time to time, commissioners may be reimbursed for some expenses incurred on City business. 

Political Reform Act of 1974 as Amended 
The Conflict of Interests Section of the Political Reform Act applies to the Library Commission; however, commission members are not required to file a Statement of Economic Interests.

Appointment Process
All applications received are submitted to the Project Diversity Screening Committee for review according to the needs of the commission as specified in a Needs Assessment Memo. Applications will be forwarded to the City attorney for a conflict of interest review and thereafter, the applicants will be asked to appear before the Screening Committee members for an interview. Following interviews, the Screening Committee will develop a list of applicants which will be submitted to the council member liaison to the commission. The liaison will forward the list to the Rules Committee of Council either with or without a supplemental recommendation. The City Council makes the final appointment to the commission based on Rules Committee recommendations.

Commissioners are expected to attend all commission meetings. San José Municipal Code Section 2.08.060 specifies that a commissioner who has unexcused absences from any three consecutive regular meetings, or 20% of the meetings in a calendar year, is deemed to have resigned from the commission.

For further information about the commission, please contact the commission staff at (408) 808-2355.