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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 6:30PM
The meeting was called to order at 6:33PM.
Present: Richard Cofrancesco, Josephine Hingston, Sandra Richardson, Kerstin Burlingame, Amy Howlett (director), Barbara Ball (taking minutes)
Absent: Pat Magrosky, Matthew Pincus, Judith Edwards

There were no additions/subtractions to the agenda and no public comments.

Minutes from December's meeting were reviewed and approved as written. (Josie moved, Sandra seconded.)

FOSTL Liaison Report
The FOSTL open house went well. Amy mentioned that the FOSTL raffle basket fundraiser will be discontinued in the future. FOSTL will continue to do the book sale and open house. FOSTL members came in Monday and took down all the holiday decorations. The FOSTL annual meeting is coming up in April. They're currently putting together their budget. Their February 1st meeting (at 6:30pm) will focus on the budget. Sandra stated she will attend this meeting. The FOSTL are keeping their director/membership the same. Warren Cross has agreed to continue as president.

Director’s Report
Amy updated the board on library programs, initiatives, etc.
Amy mentioned that some patrons were unhappy with the amount of days the library was closed around Christmas. Sandra asked how many days per year the library is closed. Amy will find out and let the board know.

Old Business: Trustee Petition Updates
Trustee petitions were present and signed for Sara Druen and Herb Jamison.

New Business:
The board approved having Barbara Ball as clerk for board meetings.

Strategic Planning: Amy stated that she would like to use an outside consultant: Lawrence Webster, for the strategic planning process. Amy has worked heavily with Lawrence in the past and states that she learned much of her own strategic planning skills from Lawrence. Amy will send the strategic planning proposal and Lawrence's resume to all board members before the next meeting. Amy said that the board could also choose to do an open-ended consulting process instead of going with Lawrence Webster. Amy will look into a plan to pay for the outside consultant. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Feed Your Passion 2017: The board felt it should take place in Mid-May. Feed Your Passion should be firmly on next month's agenda so members can get in gear, start thinking about it, thinking about food, etc.

Library Director Annual Evaluation:
Amy passed out the Library Director Evaluation form to members. Pat had said she'd be happy to compile the completed evaluations once received. Pat has the evaluation form in email format as well.  Board members should please complete their evaluations and drop them off at the library with Pat's name on them. She can compile them by the end of January so they are ready for the February board meeting.

Executive session N/A

Next Meeting Date and Adjournment The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 14th, 6:30PM.

The meeting adjourned at 7:02PM. (Sandra moved. Josie seconded. All agreed.)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2016
6:30 pm


 1.   Call to order

2.   Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda

3.   Public comments

4.   Review and approve minutes from the December meeting

5.   FOSTL liaison report

6.   Director’s report

7.   Old business: trustee petition updates

8.   New Business: clerk Barbara Ball; strategic planning; review Feed Your Passion dates

9.   Executive session if needed

10.  Next meeting date and adjournment