Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 12-16-13

DECEMBER 16, 2013

  • Staff changes 2013
  • Outdoor signage approved
  • James Roosa to serve new term as trustee
  • Security staff report fewer incidents
  • December Public Service Report
  • New website to debut mid-January

Board member Jeffrey Eummer was absent.

Staff changes 2013

Laurie Marotta, human resources manager, provided the board with a summary of the year’s staffing activities. The library welcomed 42 new staff members, had six staff promotions, and said farewell to 39 employees who retired, went to college, moved out of state, or advanced outside of the library. During the year, the library advertised 17 positions and received 928 applications of which 117 applicants were interviewed.

Outdoor signage approved

A report on the state of the new outdoor signage indicated that both the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Architectural Board of Review had given approval, though the latter board specified the lettering to be black on zinc rather than dark brown. The sign on the front of the former YMCA building will show its current tenants, including Dobama Theatre and the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center.

James Roosa to serve new term as trustee

Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director, announced that, on Dec. 3, James Roosa was reappointed to the Heights Library Board of Trustees for a seven-year term, 2014–20. She introduced a resolution summing up his work on the board during the three-year partial term to which he initially had been appointed to serve.

[For this past year, 2013, Roosa has been serving as library board president.] Roosa summarized the state of the library at the end of his term as president. The collection has 270,000 books, 38,000 videos and 79,000 eBooks; the Baldwin-Wallace study compiled crucial data on library patrons; the Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries was launched; and the library’s partnerships with the Home Repair Resource Center, Dobama Theatre, and other organizations remained vital. He also mentioned the possibility of a levy in the next couple of years.

Security staff reports fewer incidents

Since the security staff is now complete, there has been a significant decrease in the number of incidents reported, especially those minor in nature. From June through December of 2012, there were 722 incidents while the corresponding period in 2013 [reported] 434 incidents, a decrease of 66.5 percent.

When a suspension of library privileges occurs, an appeal may be heard; a hearing date and time will be scheduled each month.

December Public Service Report

Among the highlights are:

  • The library’s ongoing partnership with the Ingalls Library of the Cleveland Museum of Art resulted in a tour of the recently renovated Islamic Gallery. This was a program of the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys series, as was an interactive map walk of the geography of the Muslim world at Cleveland State University by Dr. Stephen Cory.
  • Urban Oaks, the Waldorf School in the former Coventry Elementary School building, does not have a library so Maggie Kinney provides a weekly story time to kindergarten, first-, and second-grade students.
  • The Cedar-Coventry Author Series featured author Gail Bellamy’s discussion of her book, Cleveland Christmas Memories.
  • On Nov. 16, 35 teens at Noble Neighborhood Library joined with communities across the U.S. and around the world to celebrate the American Library Association’s sixth annual International Games Day @ Your Library.
  • The University Heights Library has a monthly family program in the dining area at Whole Foods. In collaboration with the Whole Foods liaison, new features were added resulting in the tripling of attendance.
  • A team is planning a communitywide reading program for fall 2014, part of the One Book, One Community program.
  • The T-shirt Transformation Program presented by Shamekia Chandler helped kids turn old T-shirts into handbags.

New website to debut mid-January

Sheryl Banks, marketing and community relations manager, reported on the library’s new website. There will be a “soft” launch in mid-January, and various staff and community patrons have been enlisted to test the new site.

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.

Read More on Library
Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:42 AM, 01.20.2014