Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 12-17-12

DECEMBER 17, 2012

  • Vending device for iPads
  • Personnel changes
  • New appointments
  • New programs
  • Board tribute to Esther Moss
  • New trustee
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Photograph collection
  • Friends of the Library
  • Matchmakers Program
  • November Public Service report highlights

All board members were present.

Vending device for iPads

The board approved a technology fund request to purchase a vending device for iPads. The equipment, a MediaSurfer kiosk, will be installed in the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC). With a library card and a credit card, patrons will be able to check out an iPad for use in the Center.

Personnel changes

Laurie Marotta, human services manager, reported that 2012 saw a new salary program, health plan and wellness program among other endeavors. For the first time, staff enjoyed a two-day Thanksgiving break. The year also set a record in staff turnover and hiring, including 11 staff promotions. Marotta praised the library staff for their participation in various health programs and screenings as well as their high level of professionalism, cooperativeness and good nature.

New appointments

The board approved the appointment of Mary E. Looby as a full-time youth services librarian at Noble Neighborhood Library, and the appointment of Matt A. Mancini as a full-time information technology technician.

New programs

Kim DeNero-Ackroyd, deputy director, reviewed the Balanced Scorecard report for the month of November, calling attention to the addition of a 9:30 a.m. story time at Lee Road Library, the reduction of print reference standing orders by one-third, and the nomination of the Art Study Group for an American Library Association Excellence in Library Programming grant of $5,000.

Board tribute to Esther Moss

A resolution honoring Esther Moss, retiring board president, highlighted her two terms on the board, her contribution to passing the $9.5-million bond issue in 2000 and the operating levy in 2008, her understanding of the value of an independent public library system, her support of early literacy, and her suggestion of programs leading to collaboration with the Cleveland Foodbank Summer Lunch programs.

New trustee

Cleveland Heights resident Jeffrey Eummer, a chemist at Ursuline College, will begin his library board term with the January meeting.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center, currently located at Cleveland Heights City Hall, will move to the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center in 2013. It will be staffed by a director and two Cleveland State University graduate students.

Photograph collection

Isabel Klein, a Local History Project volunteer, will help the library organize its collection of old photographs. Klein has extensive background in this area, including an internship with the Library of Congress.

Friends of the Library

Louisa Oliver, new Friends president, introduced herself to the board and outlined upcoming activities. The first Friday sale in January will feature fiction; February will feature audiovisuals; and March will feature four-dollars-per-bag books. The main book sale will be in May. In February the Friends board will meet with the Foundation for the Heights Libraries board.

Matchmakers Program

Constance Dickerson, Noble Neighborhood librarian, talked about the resurrection of the Readers Advisory Team (RAT) as Matchmakers. Joanne Vicarel, former Noble Neighborhood librarian, began RAT in 1993 and a year’s hiatus followed her retirement. Matchmakers aim to link readers to the books, and audio or video works that they are seeking. The Matchmakers’ page on the library’s website links to the librarians’ blogs and their Pinterest pages.

November Public Service report highlights:

  • About 50 people attended the last meeting of the fall Cedar-Coventry Author Series, which featured a talk by Debra Chwast and her son Seth based on their book, An Unexpected Life: A Mother and Son's Story of Love, Determination, Autism, and Art.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library’s Magic Tree House Party featured games and crafts for fans of the popular series.
  • On Election Day, the University Heights Library served as the polling location for two South Euclid and one University Heights precincts. The door count for the day was more than 4,000—about five times greater than a typical weekday.
  • Youth services librarians met with Jim Metzner, host of the NPR program “Pulse of the Planet,” in hopes of partnering on a grant to be the sole partner library in the Kids Science Challenge Local Competition. Young children and families in the library district would have the opportunity to try to answer scientific questions and win an award and prize.
  • Librarian Henry Drak staffed an information table at Roxboro’s Celebration of Reading event.

LWV Observer: Anne S. McFarland.

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