Notices, agendas, and minutes of the Springfield Town Library are posted here in accordance with Vermont's Open Meeting Law. Meetings are open to the public. Every session includes time for public comment.
The Trustees meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, on the second floor of the Springfield Town Library, at 43 Main Street in Springfield, Vermont.
Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
1. The meeting was called
to order at 6:30PM.
Present: Jen Dechen, Herb
Jamison, Anna Boarini, Ralph Jacobs, Amy
Howlett (director), Barbara Ball (minutes)
Absent: Sara Druen, Margie
2. Additions/ subtractions
to the Agenda
suggested adding a Feed Your Passion review to tonight's discussion.
Review and approve minutes from the April meeting
from the April meeting were reviewed and approved as written. (Jen motioned,
5. Amy shared the
FOSTL book sale
will take place July 26&27. Sorting will take place at the Armory on
Mondays from 9-12 and Thursdays at noon(?) starting May 16th. Trustees are
welcome to volunteer!
6. Strategic Plan
Amy gave a review
of the strategic plan and its goals. Discussion and highlighting of different
action steps we have already taken on these goals.
Discussion on how
the e-newsletter was sent out using Constant Contact.
Discussion: Second reading of Behavior Code, Policy on Public Access to
Computers and the Internet
Amy will send an
email to VT Dept of Libraries consultant to ask about vaping.
the second reading of the Behavior Code. (Jenn motion, Herb second.)
Policy on Public
Access to Computers and the Internet – Second Reading.
Motion to accept
the second reading of the Policy on Public Access to Computers and the
Internet. (Ralph motion, Jen second.)
making the public computers more private. Amy will order 2 screen privacy
screens to use on 2 of the public access computers. We will see how it goes
Feed Your Passion
Herb said he felt
trapped at his site as a presenter and felt other presenters did too. In the
future, could there be some way for presenters to go look at other
presentations? Maybe board members could spell presenters' stations while they
check out the other presentations. Or maybe presenterscould come early to wander more and “get the
hot take” of everyone else.
Discussion that the
back of the 2nd floor was a “dead zone” with not many visitors.
Maybe in the future, all second floor presenters could be together in the
front. The children's room was very lively with presenters and participants.
Overall the feeling
was that it went really well. A lot of positive feedback was received.
Discussion that the
map for attendees wasn't really used and probably won't be necessary for next
Next year, the
board should remind the new librarian of the Powerpoint used for Feed Your
Things are underway
and “going great!”
9. Hiring Update
Anna updated other
board members on the search process for the new librarian. They've had 5
interviews so far. All were really strong candidates. The job has been offered
to the top candidate who is considering it. If this individual doesn't accept
it, the other applicants were also very strong candidates, so we are in good
Anna said the
hiring committee was focused on finding someone with management experience and
someone who will respect the history of the staff and the library. They wanted
to ensure the new librarian would be looking at the library as a community
center and as a valuable asset. That they would recognize it's not just about
will email the board when/if the candidate accepts the job.
this board is an advisory board which is different from most Vermont libraries.
The library staff here are town employees.
All trustees are encouraged
to join the Vermont Department of Libraries' trustee listserv.
8. Next meeting date: Tuesday, June 11th, 6:30pm.
This meeting date may be changed so that the new director can
9. Motion to adjourn. (Anna motioned, second Barbara) 7:45pm.