Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 2-17-14

FEBRUARY 17, 2014

  • New streaming service
  • 2013 staff development and training activities
  • Help for small business owners
  • Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries
  • January public service report highlights

All board members were present.

New streaming service

The board approved an initial subscription to a streaming service called Hoopla, which will enable customers to download audiobooks, movies, full-length music albums and television episodes. Each time a cardholder uses the service, a deduction is made against the $15,000 deposit the library will make with Midwest Tape, the library’s primary audio-visual vendor. Each cardholder will be limited to 10 downloads per month.

2013 staff development and training activities

Heather Howiler, training and development manager, presented the report, highlighting the following:

  • There were 199 in-house training events in 2013.
  • The Violent Intruder training was mandatory.
  • Staff attended both Ohio Library Council and American Library Association meetings.
  • The library experience program provided practicums for two masters of library and information science students from Kent State University and is also open to any local person with an interest in the field.
  • Staff recognition program awarded longevity pins for five-year spans of service.
  • There were five tuition reimbursements for the year.
  • The volunteer program enrolled 54 people helping with summer lunches, snack programs, book bags and teen programs.

Help for small business owners

The Small Business Development Center, located in the Heights Knowledge and Information Center, has been hosting “Fireside Chats” for the public, to discuss the five things anyone should know before starting a small business. John Finley, who has been in charge of that program, reported that seven clients have now been able to secure funding for their businesses.

Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries

Sue Pardee, president of the fund’s board, made a report to the board. The fund currently has seven directors but can add two more. Receipts in 2013 were $21,587. Cleveland Foundation staff will hold a training session for the fund’s board on March 11. The fund has completed a memorandum of understanding with the Friends of the Heights Libraries.

January public service report highlights

  • Wireless printing through Google Cloud was instituted in the adult services area. Google Cloud allows the library to limit printing and is easier for customers to use.
  • Much of January’s programming featured the “greatest detective who never lived”—Sherlock Holmes. More related programs will follow in February.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library hosted Private Eye Academy, another Sherlock Holmes-related program, and graduates received an official certificate.
  • The Preschool/Daycare Fair featured 14 local daycare centers; 120 parents attended.
  • The 15th Annual Teen Poetry Slam was promoted and funded by Lake Erie Ink and the high school library. Fourteen participants read their poetry to 73 attendees.
  • The “Mystery of the Missing Mammal” arose from an elaborate hoax where the mascot statue of the youth services division, Peter Potamus, went missing. One hundred eighty people were involved in following clues and reporting a secret password to be entered in a grand-prize drawing.
  • A partnership with the Harold T. Clark Library at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History provides programs for the Science and Nature Study Group.

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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