Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 7-20-2015

JULY 20, 2015

  • Traditional reference desks return
  • Ohio budget bill’s impact on libraries
  • Circulation and visitor counts
  • Fenwick house purchase
  • Balanced Scorecard review
  • Meeting room use for nonprofits
  • June public service report highlights

All board members were present.

Traditional reference desks return

New desks will be provided for adult services and youth services librarians working in the public areas. When the Lee Road Library renovation was completed in 2006, the circular desks chosen were called Rovers. Their small surface precludes spreading out materials used in answering patron requests. Also, the height of the Rovers was uncomfortable for staff getting on and off the higher stools to answer requests. Since those desks have reached replacement age anyway, returning to the more traditional reference desks is a logical conclusion. The board approved purchase of the new desks in the amount of $38,335, including delivery and installation.

Ohio budget bill’s impact on libraries

The Ohio Library Council (OLC) has posted on its website information regarding the state budget bill’s impact on public libraries. The OLC will present a webcast on this bill on Aug. 3 at 11:30 a.m. This session will be limited to 98 recipients, but the recorded session will be posted on the OLC website,

Circulation and visitor counts

Circulation and visitor count decreased in May 2015, compared with May 2014. Circulation and visitor figures for other mid-sized Ohio libraries were collected for comparison. Four of the libraries showed gains in both categories, with Euclid showing the greatest gain, perhaps due to a huge outreach program. Four other libraries showed comparable decreases in both categories. Five of the libraries had figures for only one of the two categories.

Fenwick house purchase

The library has purchased the property at 2179 Fenwick Road, adjacent to the parking area to the south of the University Heights Library, for $140,000. This purchase will allow more parking, something that residents have asked for.

Balanced Scorecard review

Highlights of the Balanced Scorecard Measures of Success for June 2015 included: a visit by Roxboro kindergarten classes; outreach to the school district’s summer lunch programs at Noble and Oxford elementary schools, to introduce library services; Lee Road Library’s teen/tween maker space program, with 111 participants in the first four sessions; and installation of a safety window at the Lee Road circulation desk, allowing for easier visibility by both patrons and staff.

Meeting room use for nonprofits

A brochure mailed to nonprofit groups about use of the meeting rooms has resulted in nine new groups using the rooms.

June public service report highlights:

  • At Coventry Village Library, the Collaborative Garden opened in June, and the two beds are growing well.
  • Whole Foods partnered with Coventry Village Library on Tomato Time, a program about container gardening of tomatoes. Each participant took home a potted tomato plant.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library staff met with staff from Global Cleveland, US Together and ABLE (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) to discuss starting an ESL (English as a second language) class at the library.
  • Carlos Jones, an internationally acclaimed reggae artist, presented an interactive program at Noble Neighborhood Library for teens and tweens as part of the Open Stage Monday series.
  • At University Heights Library, the Thursday afternoon Senior Happenings speaker series included representatives from the Ohio Trust for Public Land, the Holden Arboretum, the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs, and Notre Dame College.
  • Hannah Van Jura, University Heights Library youth services associate, presented a special summer reading introduction to a group of special-needs students from Canterbury [Elementary School] who visited the library with their teachers.
  • The summer reading theme, Heroes and Legends, extends to adult summer readers as well as youths. For the June contest [where contestants submit entries for each book read], there were 282 submissions, a record high. Weekly drawings are held for prize bags, and all entries are eligible for one of three grand prizes: a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a “treasure chest” with $100 in gift cards, and a “bag of loot” with $50 in gift cards.

LWV Observer: Anne S. McFarland.

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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 of Greater Cleveland. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports. 

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