The mandate of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board is outlined in Section 6 of the Public Libraries Act. It states:
(a) a resource collection of selected materials in its provincial reference and
resource library which shall be available to the various libraries in the province;
(b) a centralized cataloguing and processing service through its technical services
(c) library service to communities that do not have a local library through its books-by
(d) centralized administrative services through its provincial headquarters; and
(e) other centralized services considered necessary by the provincial board.
The Provincial Information and Library Resources Board is a Crown corporation established by the provincial government under authority of the Public Libraries Act. The corporation is run by the provincial board which is composed of representatives and alternates of the regional library boards and appointees of the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The provincial board has not less than ten and not more than 15 members which include:
(a) a representative from each regional library board, appointed by that board;
(b) the chairperson of the St. John's library board, appointed by that board; and
(c) up to six other members, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Members of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board are appointed by virtue of their professional positions. The members should collectively possess the following core competencies:
Key personal attributes required of members include:
The PILRB meet at least four times a year (primarily on the West Coast) and possibly other times, as deemed necessary. Members may also be expected to spend additional time to prepare for meetings.
In accordance with Section 4(1) of the Public Libraries Act the members of the provincial board shall be appointed for a term of three years and are eligible for reappointment.
Section 4(9) of the Public Libraries Act, the members of the provincial board shall not be paid a salary but a member shall be paid the actual travelling and other out-of-pocket expenses necessarily incurred in attending a meeting of the provincial board or in the discharge of duties assigned by the provincial board.