Cleveland Heights–University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 2-20-12

FEBRUARY 20, 2012

  • 2012 budget
  • Flashscan checkout system to be replaced
  • Julie A. Lehtinen appointed as assistant finance manager
  • Levy planning begins
  • Joint boards meeting with Shaker library board
  • Reaching Heights Spelling Bee
  • Crossword competition
  • January Public Service report highlights

All board members were present.

2012 budget

The 2012 proposed budget is being reviewed and will be presented to the board in March. January’s allotment from the Public Library Fund (PLF) was 5 percent less than that of January 2011. This was expected because the state budget passed last June with a 5 percent decrease to the PLF.

Flashscan checkout system to be replaced

The current Flashscan self-checkout system at Lee Road will be replaced by a new system, Circ-IT. Its yearly maintenance cost is roughly half that of Flashscan. Additionally, 42 new Lenovo ThinkCentre Desktop PCs will be purchased to replace computers used by staff and the public that have reached the end of their useful life.

Julie A. Lehtinen appointed as assistant finance manager

Lehtinen has a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College and more than 13 years of experience in accounting, including production of monthly financial statements.

Levy planning begins

A for-profit firm, OrangeBoy, and a nonprofit entity, NODIS, part of the Levin Center at CSU, are being considered to execute marketing studies for planning the next levy. Both have had experience working with libraries, including the Cincinnati Public Library (OrangeBoy) and the Cleveland Public Library (NODIS).

OrangeBoy would make data analysis and strategy development available but would own the data. Although NODIS doesn’t offer the same service, the data it collects would belong to the library. Both firms have the capacity to survey the library’s public and provide demographic data. The OrangeBoy package would cost $36,000 including a survey; the NODIS package would cost $17,000 without a survey and $29,000 with a survey. A decision will be made at the March board meeting. The board will have a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 to discuss budget and levy planning.

Meeting with Shaker Heights library board

A joint meeting of the board with the Shaker Heights Public Library Board will include both a social component and an opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest.

Reaching Heights Spelling Bee

In preparation for the Reaching Heights Spelling Bee, scheduled for March 28, staff members Aurora Martinez, Kirsten Rosebrock Hayes and Friends member Naomi Klarreich will make up the library’s team. The director will serve as pronouncer, and Steve Presser will be the emcee.

Crossword competition

The annual crossword competition will be on April 28 at the Lee Road Library with progressively harder puzzles from Will Shortz, editor of The New York Times crossword page.

January Public Service report highlights

  • The grand opening of the Home Repair Resource Center lending library was Jan. 26 at the Lee Road Library. The collection of books, DVDs and instructional handouts will now be available to library patrons.
  • Coventry Village Library’s display of books with an African-American focus was replenished several times because of its popularity.
  • Noble librarian Constance Dickerson became a community partner in planning Noble School’s transition to the International Baccalaureate program.
  • Noble’s tree canopy for the children’s department will be installed in March.
  • Noble will work with community partners to expand services to Nepalese residents.
  • Noble will implement an afterschool snack service pilot program in partnership with the Cleveland Foodbank.
  • University Heights Library now offers two Nooks and one Kindle for circulation. They were checked out immediately.
  • University Heights presented a Year of the Dragon children’s program at Whole Foods on Jan. 22, during which children made egg-carton dragons and practiced using chopsticks.

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.

League of Women Voters

Chapter co-chair for the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Cuyahoga Area

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