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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Minutes - November 10, 2014 Meeting

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
November 10, 2014

Present:  Trustees Patricia Magrosky, Sandra Richardson, Kevin Coen (Chair), Steve Matush, Kerstin Burlingame, and Library Director Russ Moore.  Meeting was called to order at 6:34pm.
Public Comments: There were no public comments.
Addition to the Agenda: There were no additions to the agenda.
Minutes from October 13, 2014: Patricia moved to accept the minutes, Kerstin seconded.  The Board accepted the minutes.
Old Business:
 Library Resources Brainstorming: The trustee’s shared their “homework” from October’s meeting.  Kerstin suggested Jenny from the Jenny Wren cafĂ©.  Kevin mentioned Father Peter, and Pastor Geri.  Some other members in the community that were suggested were: Scott Paige, Lori Muse, Tom Yennerell the new Town Manager, as well as someone from the Lions Club, Rotary, and the Garden Club.  These folks don’t necessarily have to have their pictures taken, maybe support the cause.  The people that want to participate could say what they “Geek”.  Patricia explained that the marketing template suggests a soft launch of the campaign at the Library Holiday Party.  Kevin had the idea of a table in the left corner of the lobby where the computer stations are.  The Trustees don’t know what the Friends have planned for the party so Patricia will email Bunni and let her know the idea.  Patricia also suggests that each Trustee invite someone that may not usually attend this event.
FY2015-2016 Budget Discussion Russ presented his FY2015-2016 Budget proposal for discussion:  His budget request includes a 2.9% increase.  The Capital request is for motion lighting and security cameras for the back of the library, a recommendation from the Police Chief, and to replace the older T-12 lights throughout the building.
FOSTL Report: The Open House (Holiday Party) will be Friday December 12, 2014 at 6:00pm.  FOSTL will be decorating the Library on Thursday December 4, 2014 at 10:00am.  If any of the Trustees can help with decorating, the group would appreciate it.  FOSTL agreed to pay up $3,000 for the bat remediation; this is the process of sealing up the holes so the bats cannot renter the building.  The next FOSTL meeting will be Wednesday December 3, 2014 at 6:30pm.  Kevin will go to that meeting.
New Business:
VT Library Trustees & Friends Conference Report Kevin and Patricia went the conference.  Both agreed that the conference had a lot of information about Libraries.   Community Outreach was a topic that was presented at the conference, Kevin and Patricia gave examples of folks from the community.  Betty from Woodbury’s could have a flower arrangement program, Sue Fogg could run a program on canning, maybe someone might present composting.  Kevin suggested this be the conference that the trustees attend each year
Edge Initiative Action Plan the Town of Springfield was chosen as a pilot for this program.  This program and the “Geek the Library” campaign could blend together.
Directors Report: Russ reported that there had been lots of building maintenance.  Bats in the Belfry did the bat remediation work.  They were not able to get to two spots in the alley way of the building because of the size of the boom truck that was rented.  The company guarantees their work and will come back in the spring to finish up if needed.  The gates have been ordered and should arrive soon.  When they get here they will be put up.  Russ explained that there is a leak in the front lobby by the computers, which is going to need to be taken care of.  There were some slates found outside, which are coming off of the roof.  This might be where the leak is coming from.  One of the two Kindles has been returned.  The other Kindle was damaged and will need to be replaced by the patron.  If the patron had returned the damaged Kindle the library would have been able to replace it as it would have been covered under warranty.
Next Meeting Date and Adjournment:  December 8, 2014 at 6:30pm.  Please bring your items for the holiday basket that will be raffled off at the Holiday Open House.  Kevin adjourned the meeting at 8:11pm.

Respectfully submitted by Justine Steele

Agenda - November 10, 2014 Trustees Meeting


November 10, 2014

 6:30 pm


1.   Additions to the Agenda

2.   Public Comments

3.   Minutes from October 13, 2014 Meeting

4.   Old Business
      Geek the Library Campaign
      Library Resources Brainstorming
      FY2015-2016 Budget Discussion

5.   FOSTL Liaison Report

6.   Director’s Report

7.   New Business
      Edge Initiative Action Plan
      VT Library Trustees & Friends Conference Report

8.   Next Meeting Date and Adjournment