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.