(sorry, I’m late)
Denise Faucher is talking about the interview process
City has outlined process for interview. Prepare set of questions that everyone will be asked.
They are able to see the information from the applicant, review information, send any questions to Kevin so that they can be included.
When person answers, can ask a follow-up question on what the person just said.
Ed Trachtenberg: can the person interviewed have one mic, and a roving mic for the interviewers?
Faucher, on room arrangement: Horseshoe shaped room, all sitting around , with person interviewed at the head
Trachtenberg: felt like the two candidates last time were both matched, but that everyone voted one way when they saw the first voters going one way. Perhaps a first ballot (written, not secret).
5:40: Gutierrez would prefer discussion before voting, as happened last time.
Trachtenberg felt that discussion from last time had highlighted good points in both candidates, but that the voting didn’t reflect that. Why not draw straws for the order people vote in?
5:42: Datta: no problem with drawing straws, but discussion helps her clarify her own thinking.
(Also — there are three candidates this time; simple majority decides on the hiring)
5:43: Trachtenberg: can the board members pick/indicate the question they will ask?
5:45: Coleman asks if we’ll be sending questions to the candidates.
Dowd: likely not, they didn’t do it last time.
Consensus (barring Coleman) is that it’s useful to ask questions to see how someone responds on their feet.
5:47: Coleman moves to have questions sent to candidates, no second.
Further discussion of seating arrangements (members take their own seats, discussion before voting, etc.)
Coleman moves to conduct final interviews so that people choose their own seats, ask questions as it makes sense, and to allow for discussion before vote. Seconded by McGrath.
No one opposed. Passes.
Date and time for final interviews: June 28th (Monday) in the Saxe Room. First person at 4:15, with a break for dinner. Even though the library will be closed, people will be able to go to Saxe Room. No discussion of candidate over dinner.
5:56: (Another aside: they did some of the preliminary interviews via Skype)
(Long discussion of whether the interview should be set at 45 minutes or an hour. Be glad you’re elsewhere at this point.)
6:02: They’re going to save discussions on candidates for the end.
One hour will be allotted, but they’re not expecting the whole hour will be used for every candidate.
So, 4:00 to meet, 4:15 will be the time for first interview.
(There was an announcement over the loudspeaker. Trachtenberg wanted to know if there are automatic announcements when libraries aren’t open — on Mondays. “No,” someone responded, “unless you want me to make one!”)
6:06: Penny Johnson discusses budget. City Manager O’Brien: FY2011 budget recommendation includes $250k in PILOT from WPI and MCPHS to maintain current hours at library. If we reduced hours (i.e., didn’t have PILOT), could lose state funding. If we did not have the PILOT funding, could lose $100k-ish in state funds. (Sorry — she’s going fast.) City continues to solicit PILOT funds from non-profits to fund library. (Ugh — the answers will be at the Council tonight. You can hear it then.)
6:11: Coleman: are you getting any sense at all about whether funding would be restored, etc?
Johnson: Not getting the sense that any money is coming back to the library from the airport.
(She’s going through the head librarian’s report. If anyone’s interested, I’ll post this later.)
6:17: The big news in the librarian’s report (for me, at least) is that they’re finally going to be replacing the service desk at FPBL by late summer.
6:19: A volunteer had misshelved books and staff spent nine hours re-shelving the books. (Johnson notes that this is a caution to those who think librarians can be run by volunteers alone.)
6:24: June 19 at 2:00pm: they’re going to have a public unveiling of the plaque at Stanley Kunitz’ childhood home.
Board won’t be meeting in July and August. (Assumption is that decision on head librarian will happen the night of the interviews.)
Kevin reiterates that the advice column that discussed the librarian who read aloud the books a man was taking out was NOT HERE.
6:31: Friends report: Booksale raised over $1800. As of April, the bookstore had made $2200. The Friends will be getting a museum pass for the Museum of Russian Icons. The Friends Executive Board may take a trip to see GBV.
(Also, Jim, the assistant to the head librarian, has left the employ of the library.)
6:34: To t-traveler: the Perkins Branch thing a few weeks ago may have had something to do with the Foundation.
6:36: Tom Perotta (!!!), Bill Littlefield, and Paul Harding (2010 Pulitzer winner for Tinkers) will come for the Foundation event this fall. (Can you tell that I love Tom Perotta?)
6:37: Gutierrez: tobacco ordinance is coming before Public Health Committee next week — currently 25 feet, will ask for 50 feet.
Coleman: discusses infant mortality task force that met this month. Will send a letter of thanks to the staff who were very accomodating. Also, every year he makes a film called “…Reads the Declaration of Independence” — this year is Massachusetts. If any board members are interested, let him know.
6:42: There had been a concern from a patron about cameras in the library, and she wanted to review footage to see if she could find someone who took her flash drive. They will be putting up new signs to remind people to keep personal belongings on them, etc.