Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board: Highlights of December meetings

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009

Computer purchases

The board approved purchase of computer software and hardware for $34,000. Computers in the Community Room will be updated first. A new storage area network device will back up the system and make it possible for IT staff to perform maintenance without having to shut down equipment.

Bids on Dobama Work

Bids for the Dobama Theater renovation will open Jan. 13. The project manager felt that contractors “hungry for work,” might submit lower bids.

Other financial matters

Premiums for insurance for 2009 have been substantially reduced by the Ohio Plan in which about 500 public entities participate. In light of uncertainty about other expenses, the proposed 2.5 percent raise for all staff might have to be revisited.

Board president’s report

In his report as outgoing board president, Gerald Blake referred to the successful levy campaign, the retirement of Steve Wood and the hiring of Nancy Levin as director, the completion of the operating agreement with Dobama Theater, and the Foundation Center collection by the library. For the coming year Eric Silverman will be president, Glenn Billington vice-president and Audrey Cole secretary. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education has selected CarDala Carter to be its new board member. Silverman led the board in commending Blake for his seven-year term.

Charettes to discuss annex use

A charette to discuss possible uses for the old gymnasium area of the annex was held Dec. 14. A staff charette will be next, followed by two charettes open to the public.

Security cameras

A map showing the locations of the 40 security cameras at the Lee Road Library was distributed. Tapes from these cameras are viewed only when an incident occurs. There was no evidence on tape regarding the disappearance of a CPU from the Community Room.

Special branch services

Branch librarians spoke about special programming in their buildings. Coventry’s special projects are the Deaf Collection, the Local Author Collection, and a monthly series, "Step Out of Time," focusing on alternative health and spiritual practices. Noble has a “fantastic” customer base and touches the lives of many patrons. Audrey Martinez, the new branch librarian at University Heights, talked about collaboration with John Carroll University, outreach to local business, the continuation of senior programming, and a Spanish-English story time to begin in the spring. It was mentioned that any push for regionalization would undermine the important and impressive work of the branches.

LWV observer: Anne S. McFarland.

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Meeting summaries have been edited and prepared by Charlene Morse, Marilyn McLaughlin and Maryann Barnes.

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