Worcester Public Library Board meeting – November

5:38 – (sorry, delayed)

Wei – presenting circulation policies

2 online platforms for board and staff for recommendations, questions, and suggestions.

Once we migrate to Evergreen, there will be 20 holds (from 10) available for patrons.

In June, presented Powerpoint of draft circulation policies.

Publicity plans – communicated changes to CWMARS, preparing brochure for patrons, once policies are approved, more publicity.

–Press release with changes
–Will use digital display
–Flyer to every patron who checks out

Kevin (or Bill?) recommends that they translate it for patrons who aren’t fluent in English.

Tracy assisted in answering which languages the WPS puts their parent communications in, because the WPL will likely align with this.  For the record, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, and Albanian.

5:43 – passing around welcome bags for new library patrons designed by circulation department and funded by the Friends.  What’s in the bag is very fluid — but to start, brochure reflecting circulation changes (in Q&A format) and new fines chart, refrigerator magnet with branch info, museum pass program brochure, ask a librarian flyer, flyer about the website, bookmark designed by Christina of FPBL, WOO Card brochure.  If a family gets their cards, each child will get a sticker saying “I got my library card today!” 

[oh my word, I am so happy I own that sticker]

Mark notes that he feels that the fine changes are revenue neutral.

5:57 –  board accepts the policy as presented.

Finance Committee (Donna) – discussed having purchasing agent come to discuss RFP process.  Bartholomew & Co reviewed investment policy and will discuss at next meeting.

Board retreat will be organized.  Max cost would be $800. 

Total $17k to cover expenses for board & staff recogn, genealogy conference, digital display & laptop conference, insurance for Smithsonian, ALA & MLA and Worcester Cultural Commission memberships, other conference attendances.

6:01 – report of Committee on Administration (Terry) – went over review process, thanks Kevin for putting it together.

Full board needs to review what the committee put together. 

Kevin is commenting on Mark’s performance.  “Boy, are we glad you’re here.”

Bill Coleman– “I’ve been advocating for the library since I was seven.”

Kevin — “Why didn’t you start when you were five?”

Bill — “I couldn’t reach.”

[sorry, it’s a lovefest but I’ve got to break from liveblogging to attend to some work]

Question about new strategic plan; current strategic plan has not been fully implemented.  Data from spring survey — got great data but need to do more of that.

6:30 – The review will be tabled until December.

Bill — “Do we have to vote on anything else?  I have to win an election.”

and Bill exits…

Report of the Friends (Terry) – 3 new members of executive board, booksale was last weekend, new format for membership card ($210 for printing), new writer for newsletter, boosktore made $2423 in September ($205 in coffee), tables and chairs will be delivered by the end of this month.  Very good day on the 10th anniversary.  Balloon artist was awesome.

Massachusetts Friends of Libraries met last weekend at Worcester Technical High School.   Alice, Terry, and Mary Lynch represented Worcester.

Julie – Foundation update – made over $11,000 from Celebration of Authors.  Goal to have 6 new members this year.

Deb — notes that some people on this board don’t seem to be coming.  There is something built into the rules about attendance.


Campaign Lit Disasters

Worcester voters (or a small subset thereof) head to the polls today. If they’re anything like me, they’ve gotten some campaign literature in the past few days.

Steve Buchalter’s mailing is, by far, the most professionally designed of the flyers sent this weekend.  However, he continues using creepy pictures of himself (except for the one with his kids, in which he seems less tan).  The message of “cleaning up the mess we call government” is supposed to highlight his business experience in vacuuming and dusting, but he never really tells us what, exactly, the mess is and how he’s going to clean it up:

Bill Eddy gets a lot of endorsements from various community leaders you may have heard of if you live in D5:

And he subsitutes the usual picture of the candidate-with-his-wife-and-children with a picture of himself next to a slide.  It was nice of the campaign staff to capture a picture of the youthful Councilor Eddy sliding Matchbox cars down the slide, but — for future reference — it’s never a good idea to wear white on a playground:

Konnie’s literature was huge — at full 8.5″ x 11″ — and an attempt to be featured on multiple blogs (Photoshop Disasters for the sign on the Mayor’s office; the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks for “All Day”):

Great picture of Konnie on the back, and nothing says “full-time mayors bring attention to detail” like misspelling your own name in big letters (“Kostantina” needs one more n):

My favorite thing about the Joe Petty mailer is that he takes the politician-with-an-elderly-person picture to a whole new level.  Joe doesn’t seem like he has a practical joker side, but witness him giving the lady in the bottom right corner a handshake with a surprise buzzer:

On the other side, Joe says that we’ve made real progress as a city “because we have leaders who put personalities aside.”

Insert Quiet Man joke here.

Get out there and vote, folks.  And remember — if you’re unhappy with your choices, you can do one of two things:

  • Submit a blank ballot.
  • Vote for all the Irish names.