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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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

Springfield Town Library
Board of Trustees
Springfield, Vermont
November 9, 2015 Minutes

In Attendance: Russ Moore (Director),Pat Magrosky, Chair; Kerstin Burlingame, Vice-Chair, Josie Hingston, Kevin Coen, Steve Matush, Sandra Richardson, Oliver Owen (minutes). Absent: Matt Pincus

Meeting called to order at 6:32 by Pat.

Public Comments. Russ received many favorable comments from library patrons following the recent program featuring Willem Lange, adding that fifty or more people attended.

Minutes.  Motion to accept the September minutes as presented was made by Sandra, seconded by Steve.  Board accepted the September minutes.  Motion to accept the October minutes as presented was made by Kerstin, and seconded by Sandra.  Board accepted the October minutes.

Old Business.  Airport memorabilia.  The possibility of a temporary display of Springfield Airport memorabilia, located in the Flinn Room underneath the portrait of Mrs. Hartness was discussed. 
Flinn Room Lighting. Russ said he did not have the work estimates on hand, but recalled that it would cost about $4000 to repair the chandeliers, and we may be better off replacing them.  FOSTL could help pay and other sources of funding could be explored so as to not cut into operating expenses. 
Children’s Library Assistant.  Eight applications for this temporary position are being reviewed by Russ and the library will be accepting applications until Nov. 25th.  The position could start January 4th and run for a duration of 6 months, at 10 hours per week and $18/hr.  Russ will begin interviewing applicants soon. Meanwhile, Pat Day is being paid to do cataloging of Children’s stuff.  And Melissa Post was been hosting Story Hour in recent weeks and will carry on through the 1st week of December. Sandra initiated discussion on the possibility of the next temporary Children’s Library Assistant morphing into a full time position.
Library Director.  Russ handed out a job description and a search schedule for hiring his replacement for after his retirement April1, 2016. Russ provided a verbal overview of all sections of the job description and some suggested grammatical changes were noted. Russ commented that he did not get into the statistics and reporting aspects of the Director’s position in the job description.  Russ asked that further suggested changes to the Director’s Job description be submitted to him by email by this Thursday so that the he can submit to the town manager and post the job soon. Brief review of search schedule here: deadline for applications: Jan 5.  Review applications.  Interviews could be run through mid-January.  Hire by Feb. 1st.  Start: March 21st with at least a 2 week overlap. 

Budget..  Russ has volunteered to postpone receipt of  some of his benefits until next year in order to balance this year’s budget.  Russ will be presenting the 2016 budget to  town officials in December and will ask for only a $211 increase. 

FOSTL. The board agreed to set up tables and chairs at the holiday party.  Decoration date: December 1.  Party date: Friday, December 11, 6-7:30.  Refreshments?  Pat is going to call Bunni to ask about setting up a couple tables and running a little book sale; $1-2 per book complete with wrapping paper volunteers.  Books would be collected through board collaboration with Russ and donations would be paid to FOSTL.  Also, Bunni is stepping down as FOSTL President and there is a need for someone to step into that position.  Reminder to renew your memberships!  Also, the raffle is coming up and the board is still looking for donated items to auction off.  Please get your donations submitted to Russ no later than Monday.  Pat will be collecting the donations from the library next Tuesday morning.

Director’s Report.  Annual Report to Town was sent out.  Annual Public Library Report (coming up) has no minimum standard.  Bell ringers are ongoing.  Story Time with Melissa Post runs through the 1st of December.  The library has hosted Medicad/Medicare discussions.  The Woman’s Freedom Center had an event.  The library has a new Page, welcome high school student, Olivia Hoag. Former Springfield Library employee Art Huston died recently.  Russ pointed out that the Library Board of Trustees is not officially in the charter, but was in fact created under town ordinance.  Russ suggested that the board make it part its job to assist if the town does indeed take part in a charter revision process. Russ suggested that to do so the board would need to promote the charter at town-wide meeting.

Vermont Library Trustees and Friends Association Annual Conference.  Kevin and Josie attended this conference and shared about their experiences. Josie experienced new computer programs such as “scratch”, explored issues of technical literacy, maker spaces, worked with LEDs, textiles, robots, scribblebots, and conductive thread.  Kevin attended a workshop on “Building Capacity” and came away with the possible solutions of running a capital campaign or hosting pub trivia night in the library. Kevin and Josie also returned with a Health Screening questionnaire.          

Next meeting. January 11, 2016 at 6:30

Meeting adjourned at 8:05

Respectfully Submitted,
Oliver Owen