Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 1-23-12

JANUARY 23, 2012

  • Organizational redesign update
  • Personnel statistics
  • Cuyahoga County library directors meet quarterly
  • State legislation for Ohio libraries
  • December public service report highlights
  • Recognitions

All board members were present.

Organizational redesign update

Susan Pyles of Employers Resource Council (ERC) presented an update on the nine-month study of the library’s performance management system. Pyles discussed merit pay, defined as basing salary on performance over a predetermined period and according to predetermined criteria. A change from across-the-board increases to merit pay can be phased in over two years by first giving an across-the-board increase with individual adjustments.

Director Levin mentioned the committees that will finalize the forms and process. A trial year, using the process without “counting,” will begin in 2013, and full application of the redesign will begin Jan. 1, 2014.

Personnel statistics

Year-end statistics showed that seven employees had perfect attendance, the absentee rate was 2.9 percent, and the average number of sick days was 5.71 percent; both percentages deemed excellent. A high turnover rate of 29 percent occurred this year, enabling the promotion of 11 staff members either to a higher-level position or to full-time from part-time positions.

Cuyahoga County library directors meet quarterly

All board members were invited to attend the 2012 quarterly meetings of the directors of the nine Cuyahoga County library systems. At these meetings the directors will prepare for the negotiations that will begin in February 2013 for an agreement on the library fund distribution from the state budget. Demographic changes will drive some variation in distributions.

State legislation for Ohio libraries

The Ohio Library Council [OLC] supports an omnibus bill to be submitted to the Legislative Service Commission by Jan. 28 for introduction to the Ohio General Assembly. OLC believes that this bill will address a number of concerns of Ohio libraries, including library boundaries and board appointments.

December public service report highlights

  • Bruce Biddle, Cleveland Public Library librarian, brought his caricature drawing program to children at both Noble Neighborhood and Lee Road libraries. He drew caricatures of the children and encouraged them to try drawing caricatures themselves.
  • Ben Gulyas, Coventry librarian, received a $3,000 grant from the Friends of the Society for the Deaf to continue the American Sign Language classes offered at the library.
  • An original pen-and-watercolor rendering of the 1937 Noble Neighborhood Library building, by Walker and Weeks, was found and is now hung in the fiction room.
  • University Heights Library has a foreign film series, which has received good publicity. 


At the December board meeting, for which there were no League observer notes, two resolutions were passed honoring the following:

Darla Arnold, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, who was hired in 1987 as the library’s graphic designer and became known as the “graphics goddess,” is retiring. She designed the Lee Road Library’s Children’s Story Room murals as well as the library’s brand and bridge logo.

Audrey Cole has completed her term on the board of trustees. She helped craft strategic plans reflecting the needs of the community and understood the value of an independent public library system for the Cleveland Heights, University Heights communities. She will continue her commitment to public libraries by serving on the Ohio Library Council’s Board of Trustees.

LWV observer: Anne S. McFarland.

These meeting summaries are abstracted from LWV observers’ written reports. The summaries have been edited and prepared by Anne McFarland, Charlene Morse, and Maryann Barnes. To receive e-mail postings of full reports, send an e-mail to or join through Google groups using “lwv-chuh observer reports” as a search phrase.

These reports contain member observation and selected highlights of public meetings and are not official statements of the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.

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