Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 5-19-2014

MAY 19, 2014

  • Ohio Auditor of State Award of Distinction
  • Initiative for technology training
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • Library levy exploration
  • Library named Agency Partner of the Year
  • April Public Service Report highlights:
  • Library and social media
  • History of Coventry Village Library
  • TechKnowledge e-news

Board Member Abby Botnick was absent.

Note: There was no April board meeting due to lack of a quorum.

Ohio Auditor of State Award of Distinction

The library was one of the 5 percent of Ohio governmental offices to receive the Ohio Auditor of State Award of Distinction for 2012 with assurance that it is on track for the same designation in 2014 [for its 2013 financial audit].

Initiative for technology training

The American Library Association has identified the digital divide as impacting the ability of all citizens to acquire basic technology skills. The library is increasing its technology training department and will add a mobile technology lab to circulate among the branches. The board approved the purchase of items for the mobile lab in the amount of $20,144.

The board approved the appointment of Jacqueline (Jackie) L. Mayse as a full-time technology trainer. Mayse has been working as a part-time technology trainer since August 2013, and has a master’s in library and information science from Kent State University.

Balanced Scorecard

Highlights of The Balanced Scorecard Measures of Success 2014–15 included Noble Neighborhood Library’s partnership with the Children’s Museum to provide passes to the Nepalese children in the neighborhood, and the focus on renovating the children’s room at the Coventry Village Library.

Library levy exploration

Given that the library’s last levy was in 2008, the board resolved to begin exploration of a levy for general operating expenses as early as May 2015, with funds not collected until 2016. Board discussion centered on the fact that one-third of the library’s funding is from the State of Ohio while two-thirds is from the community. State funding remains at 1996 levels, and state tax collection is not as reliable as in prior years. Board Member Jim Posch stated that [restoring] hours to the Coventry Village Library could result from additional funds.

Since the library is a school district library, the school board would have to approve a levy request.

Library named Agency Partner of the Year

The Heights Family to Family Collaborative, which meets monthly at the Lee Road Library, named the library Agency Partner of the Year. There are 15 collaboratives in Cuyahoga County under the umbrella of the Centers for Families and Children. The object of the collaboratives is to support families and children by bringing together community leaders and resource providers from all local agencies.

April Public Service Report highlights:

  • In partnership with the library, the Heights Community Congress presented Understanding the Fair Housing Act.
  • The Arts for Wellness series for cancer survivors, patients and families continued with Poetry as Prayer. University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, the Livestrong Foundation and the Creative Center presented this series.
  • Maggie Kinney, youth services librarian, designed six bookmarks for use in the Early Literacy Project. Victor Cimperman provided colorful graphics.
  • Coventry’s Seed Library had 45 family and individual members in its first month.
  • An audience of 60 heard Akron author David Giffels (The Hard Way on Purpose) speak at the April Cedar-Coventry Author Series at Coventry Village Library.
  • The seventh annual crossword competition was held at the Lee Road Library.
  • Kathy Franzinger, youth services associate, oversaw the NCAA-style tournament for picture books, Picture Book Madness, which had 51 participants.

Library and social media

The library’s “likes” on Facebook now total 1,600, while Twitter followers total 860.

History of Coventry Village Library

Sheryl Banks, marketing and community relations manager, provided an article on the history of Coventry Village Library for the Cleveland Heights Historical Society’s newsletter.

TechKnowledge e-news

Banks also launched the TechKnowledge e-newsletter covering the tech blog and classes, along with other tech news.

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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