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Library Commission

Library Commissioners; Joel Koenig, Juana Gomez, Steven Frost, Jane Sykes Wilson, Tim O'Shea

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Library Commission was established in 1917 in the Charter of the city of Boulder, Colorado: Article IX: Advisory Commissions, Sections 130, 132-134.

The function of the commission is further defined in the Boulder Revised Code (BRC), 2-3-8 Library Commission.

  • The library commission of the City of Boulder consists of five members appointed by the city council for five-year terms.
  • The City Charter gives the Library Commission the following powers:
    • Adopt bylaws, rules, or policies for its guidance and governance;
    • Provide advice to assist in preparation and revision of a master plan for the development and maintenance of a modern library system within the city;
    • Review annually the library budget prepared by the library director prior to its submittal to the city manager and make recommendations regarding approval or modification of the same;
    • Review periodically the library director’s operational service plans and make comments and recommendations;
    • Make recommendations to the library director and the city council on library facilities, including capital improvements, maintenance of existing facilities, and need for new facilities;
    • Review the library director’s annual report and make comments and recommendations;
    • Represent the library to the community and the community to the library with the goal of building awareness, understanding and support;
    • Take steps as the library commission may deem feasible to encourage grants or gifts in support of the library; and
    • Oversee specific monies within the Library Fund that originate from gifts, bequests or donations.

View the Library Commissioner Job Description [PDF], 2020 Library Commission Handbook [PDF] and Library Commission Priorities for 2021 [PDF].

Commission Members

Term Expires Appointment Year Name Phone/Email
2026
2021
Benita Duran 303-447-2242

[email protected]

2025
2020
Scott Steinbrecher
2024
2019
Steven Frost

Vice Chair

[email protected]
2023 2018 Jane Sykes Wilson

Chair

[email protected]
2022 2017 Joel Koenig 720-979-1104

[email protected]

Director of Library & Arts – David Farnan,  303-441-3104

About the Commissioners


Jane Sykes Wilson
Jane Sykes Wilson is a native of England and life-long library devotee. She has a master’s degree in Communication. After spending several years working in University administration she now works for Wilson Wealth Management. Jane has previously served on the Boulder Library Foundation and various other community Boards. She lives in Boulder with her husband and young children. Her passions include skiing, hiking, reading, traveling, and renovating houses.

Joel Koenig
Joel Koenig worked as a CPA at Deloitte (the largest accounting and consulting firm in the world, 220,000 staff), and retired as a senior partner after 30 years. He lead offices and served on the management committee. For 20 years, Joel was a retrained executive search consultant.

He has been an active volunteer, serving with Bridge House, Boulder Public Library, BoulderReads, City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks, Boulder County Jail, Colorado Alliance of Environmental Educators–Board member and treasurer, Jaipur Literature Festival, and the Boulder Library Commission. He received his bachelor’s degree from New York University in Accounting, as well as his master’s of business administration (MBA). He has served on many boards (corporate and not for profit) and civic organizations prior to moving to Boulder in 2010.

Steven Frost
Steven Frost is an independent artist and instructor in the Department of Media Studies at CU Boulder. His research focuses on queer history, pop culture, and educational development in DIY community spaces. Since 2016 Frost has hosted a monthly event called the Colorado Sewing Rebellion at the Boulder Public Library’s maker space BLDG 61. He recently performed at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in LA, the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, and the Denver Art Museum. Frost is a co-founder of CU Boulder’s Experimental Weaving Residency and a 2018 grant recipient from the Center for Craft Creativity and Design. Frost is also a recipient of several other honors including the Lenore G. Tawney Fellowship and Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship. Frost holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives in North Boulder with 2 cats, a dog, and his husband.