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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Agenda - March 26, 2015 Library Board of Trustees Special Meeting



March 26, 2015

5:30 pm


1.   Additions to the Agenda

2.   Public Comments

3.   Geek the Library Campaign Planning

Friday, March 13, 2015

Minutes -- March 9, 2015 Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees

March 9, 2015
Meeting called to order at 6:30.
Present: Patricia Magrosky, Steve Matush, Kerstin Burlingame, Matthew Pincus, Josephine Hingston, Kevin Coen, Sandra Richardson, Russ Moore - Director
1. Organizational Meeting:
 Election of Chair, Vice Chair, FOSTL Liaison
Steve nominated Pat for Chair - passed unanimously
Kevin nominated Kerstin for Vice Chair - passed unanimously
Discussion of FOSTL liaison - formal appointment for duties that are generally split up between board members. General feeling and experience is that all board members are acting to cooperate and confer with FOSTL (all are fulfilling the duties of a liaison).
Steve moved that for the span of a year, trustees share the responsibilities of FOSTL liaison  Pat seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Adopt Board Procedures
Modified informal Robert’s Rules of Order have been in use and continue to meet the needs of the Board.
Pat moved to continue using modified informal Robert’s Rules of Order Sandra seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
 Board Evaluation
Library IQ test - 15 questions from The Institute of Museum and Library Services

Reviewing library goals and objectives and plan - takes place as needed.
2. Additions to the Agenda - none
3. Public Comments -
A patron submitted concern over library programs for adults being held often or even primarily off-site (generally at the Congregational Church).  Similar comments to Trustees and Russ were noted Discussison of the comment under New Buisiness.

4. Minutes from February 11, 2015 - Pat moved to accept the minutes as presented. Kerstin seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
5. Old Business
Geek the Library - June 30 2015 is our deadline for using the Geek materials. A discussion of venues was resolved through referral to earlier discussion and consensus around the importance of holding library events at the library. For Geek the Library, a family friendly event just after the end of the school year (mid-June) would offer residents an early summer community event at the library that would offer some fun activities (a photo booth, a costume contest, a book hunt or Easter egg hunt), possibly some food (a tasting session, or tapas, perhaps produced in cooperation with the RVTC culinary program), and examples of local experts ‘geeking’ their passion.
It is the consensus of the board that this event will require extra-ordinary organization (we cannot expect regular meeting times to meet the needs of this event). Therefore, the Board will get hold a special meeting at the Riverside Restaurant, March 16th, 6pm.
Director’s Job Description  --Tabled due to lack of time.
6.  FOSTL Liaison Report  FOSTL has applied for Reinstatement as an active corporation with the VT Secretary of State.  Their annual meeting on April 1 will include a vote on revised bylaws.
7.  Director’s Report  No report due to lack of time.
8.  New Business
The Adult Program Coordinator submitted a letter explaining why events are held off-site.  Russ added that is mostly as a function of space - fire safety and climatic comfort are a risk during more popular, high-volume library events.  Programs with Ken Burns, Tomie DePaola and  Nick Daniloff have been held at larger venues for many years, he said .Event organizers also appreciate that events held at the CC do not require organizer to stay late after events (resulting in organizer leaving venue alone). Russ clarified that the rental agreement(s) with the CC do include room set-up and break-down.  Russ indicated that additional staff can be available in the Library during programs after closing, and that the custodian can put things away before opening the next morning.
General consensus shared was that having a program held somewhere other than the library takes impact away from the library being associated with these programs. Board and Director agree that programs should be held in the Library whenever possible, with the understanding that a certain degree of star power will require a larger venue.

Steve moved to adjourn at 8:06, motion passed unanimously!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Minutes - February 11, 2015 Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees minutes
February 11, 2015

Present: Russ Moore Director, Kevin Coen Chair, Kerstin Burlingame, Sandra Richardson, Patricia Magrosky, Guest Josie Hingston.

Kevin called the meeting to order 6:35pm

Additions to the Agenda:
There were no additions to the agenda.

Public comments:
Sandra shared a concern from a patron about folks sleeping in the library.  Russ explained that he hasn’t seen this often. There have been a few times that a patron may shut his eyes, as the library is warm and quiet.

Minutes from January 13, 2015: Patricia's last name “McGrosky” should be Magrosky. “Matt” goes by Matthew. Old Business: change “David” to patron. Patricia moved to accept the minutes as amended; Kerstin seconded. The Board accepted the minutes.

Old Business:
Directors Evaluation -The board went over the evaluation. The trustees talked about the  criteria ensuring that there is a staff liaison to the friends. This is going to be taken out of the evaluation.
Geek the LIbrary Campaign-Push Out TImeline:  Kevin suggested getting on the agenda for the Friends annual meeting, just to get the campaign out. Russ suggested the campaign could be launched during April 12th-18th, which is National Library Week.  The following week is spring break, and the library could host activities for children and families.  Patricia mentioned sending out a flyer to the schools for the spring break. Cheryl usually has 3 days of programs during vacations. Kevin is going to see if the Great Hall is available for Thursday the 16th, with Tuesday the 14th as a backup date.  The Board is going to break up into 3 groups and plan this event: Geek Recruitment- Kevin and Patricia; Advertising/marketing -Kerstin and Josie; Facilities/set-up/food- Russ and Sandra.  All groups will set up times to get together.
Budget: The lighting Capital project has been reduced to $10,000 and changed to Energy Savings. .

FOSTL Liaison Report:  FOSTL Board proposed revisions to their by-laws, talked about what to spend money on, and how much money to spend.  Money was put aside for possible legal fees.  They are an inactive non- profit corporation now, looking at changing to active status. The Annual Meeting is April 1, 2015, with performer Adam Boyce. The book sale will be held for two days at the Armory, possibly Friday and Saturday, July 17th and 18th.  The Friends received a donation for $700.00 to  to be spent on books.

Directors Report: Ice damage caused lots of leaks in the children’s room.  The Town manager gave approval for Russ to hire Jancewicz roofing to clear off the ice.  The leaking has stopped.  The Town Manager was in the library at 7AM to see that the job was getting done.   The energy audit has begun. The building seems to be settling, possibly due to earthquakes.  Catamount has a new member, West Rutland.  Guilford has sent in an application as well as Randolph.

Table the New Business

Next Meeting Date and Adjournment:
Next meeting is March 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Agenda -- March 9, 2015 Library Board of Trustees Meeting





March 9, 2015






  1. Organization

    1. Election of Chair, Vice Chair, FOSTL Liaison
    2. Adopt board procedures
    3. Board Evaluation
  1. Additions to the Agenda
  2. Public Comments
  3. Minutes from February 11, 2015 Meeting
  4. Old Business

 .                    April Event/Geek the Library

a.                   Director’s Job Description

  1. FOSTL Liaison - Kevin
  2. Director’s Report
  3. New Business
 .                   Programs off site

8. Adjournment


Next Meeting: April 13, 2015