LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights for Sept. 19, 2016 [online]

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

  • University Heights Library groundbreaking
  • Check Us Out includes 2015 annual report
  • ADA compliant desks
  • Annual staff training day
  • Correction to Unattended Child Policy
  • Salary survey
  • August public service report highlights
  • Next meeting 

University Heights Library groundbreaking

Renovation of this library is underway with a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 28, attended by University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, UH city council members, library board members and library staff.

Check Us Out includes 2015 annual report

The fall issue has been mailed to every residence in Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

ADA compliant desks

Noble Neighborhood Library’s current reference desk is not ADA compliant in allowing a disabled user to approach the desk. A desk similar to the one now in use on the second floor of the Lee Road Library will be purchased. The desk in the teen room will be replaced as well.

Annual staff training day

The library was closed to the public on Sept. 13, to allow training activities for staff. The keynote presentation was Rational Detachment, a means to handle difficult situations with patrons by remaining calm and professional. Fifteen break-out sections were available for staff choice.

Correction to Unattended Child Policy

Last month, it was reported that “adequate supervision” included “ . . . a caregiver who can understand and follow the library’s code of conduct and be mature enough to care for the child without an adult present. We suggest the caregiver be at least 11 years old.” The age of the caregiver is suggested to be at least 12 years old. The Marketing and Communications Department prepared an Unattended Child Policy handout for caregivers.

Salary survey

In 2011, the library hired a compensation design consultant to do a comprehensive study. Nothing has been changed since in the pay grades that were the result of that study. Amy Petrus of Petrus HR Solutions, LLC has been hired to perform a salary survey to determine whether the library’s current salary structure is still competitive. The board approved a sum not to exceed $9,500 to cover the cost of the survey.

August public service report highlights:

  • A composter for the Collaborative Garden was constructed by staff with materials paid for through the grant received from the Master Gardeners. The composter will be used for programs about recycling and building rich soil for gardens. Staff and customers harvested abundant herbs and vegetables from the garden in August.
  • Now in its ninth year, City Fresh offers shares of fresh produce weekly at the Coventry Village Library.
  • At Noble Neighborhood Library, the Great Lakes Light Opera presented Cinderella to an audience of 30 children and adults.
  • New library card sign-ups in August totaled 461 for adults, and 96 for children.
  • Ask a Tech Trainer tutorials continued at Lee Road Library and were well attended.
  • Shamekia Chandler, youth services associate, visited Park Synagogue to read children’s stories to adults with special needs. She and adult services staff will visit Park Synagogue on a monthly basis.
  • The summer reading program, 100 Days of Reading, had 1,307 participants and focused on centennial-themed programs and activities.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Noble Neighborhood Library.

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 mbarnes9515@gmail.com 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 of Greater Cleveland. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.

League of Women Voters

Observer Corps editor for the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

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