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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

 Director’s Report    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Staff Updates
·         Staff nametag initiative: chocolate cake
·         Ponnie Derby starts as Adult Services Coordinator August 14; 25 hours/week; MLS; curiosity, hard worker and a Texas accent; ideas for attracting younger working adults
·         Sue Ellen Morin, materials handler; Molly McAllister, summer substitute; Jessica Supry
·         Michelle Stinson has completed her first year;  plans for hours, FY18-19
·         Brief training session with Patrick Call, Springfield Police Department, 7/29; need to revise and practice emergency response plan
·         Diversity Summit at Hadley Farms, 7/26
·         Local training for Adversarial Childhood Experiences, ACES, planned; front line staff
·         Michelle to Mental Health First Aid trainings on teens experiencing mental health crisis, 9/12 and 9/19, with other VT youth services librarians
·         CPR and AED training
·         NELA, management team, October 22 – 24
·         Catamount Library Network update, Amy nominated to CLN board
·         Union negotiations planned for the fall

New services
·         Online access to Rutland Herald (starts 9/30/99) and Springfield Reporter (2016)
·         Traction with Recorded Books/Digital, downloadable audio and ebook
·         CLOVER interlibrary loan system, across Vermont; email and control implications

·         Adult summer reading program ends August 19. Weekly raffle, thanks to FOSTL
·         Children’s summer reading, Library, Common, Police & Fire & school bus & teachers & Community Service Club (teen volunteers working around Springfield)
·         Paul Ippolito 8/1 and Summer Encore Theater, 7/20; Nature Museum presentations
·         Family build nights, advertised as STEM; also outreach to Summer Daze
·         Summer Lunch pick up site
·         Awake: a Dream from Standing Rock, 6pm. Movie and panel on protest against oil pipe line with Riverside teacher Becca Polk

Building issues
·         Still in the running for the Promise Community Grant, services birth to 6
·         Children’s room carpet, rolling stacks, private meeting space
·         Library as a hub for community and area experiences
·         Ceiling tile repair in children’s room planned; hoping to coordinate with other projects
·         Elevator work proceeding; fire alarm and wet pit work
·         Library closed for Labor Day, September 2 – 4
Budget update
·         June 30, 2017, end of FY 2016-2017 budget
·         Underspent: office equipment (not reflecting materials ordered in June); utilities; postage; electronic (orders in June); books; heating fuel; building maintenance; capital budget
·         Bottom line healthy
·         3 new desktops for children’s room; 2 new for replacement public access; touch screens; launchpads with controlled content for children’s room
·         Capital budget underspent, re-allocated to building projects in FY 17-18

Trustee Information
·         Barbara Ball confirmed by select board for 8 month term; elections in March
·         Trustee terms expiring in 2018: Sandra Richardson, Josephine Hingston; term limits?
·         LibTrust listserv for Friends and trustees, self-selecting; write to
·         Report on survey for trustees
·         Save the date: Saturday, November 4, location to be named; registrations paid. Rent van?

Strategic planning
·         Took a back seat to building and hiring
·         Need a small steering committee to meet every 2 weeks
·         Need to build invitational group for 2, 30 – 40 person meetings
·         Thoughts on timing? September – October; spring
·         Facilitator and budget