Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 1-19-21
JANUARY 19, 2021
- Board changes
- 2021 planning calendar
- Public service hours
- Noble branch survey
- Circulation Report
Present were President Dana Fluellen, Vice President Gabe Crenshaw, Patti Carlyle, Max Gerboc, Annette Iwamoto, Tyler McTeague, and Vikas Turakhia.
New board member Tyler McTeague was sworn in. The officers for the 2021 Board of Trustees are Dana Fluellen, President; Gabe Crenshaw, Vice-President; and Max Gerboc, Secretary.
2021 planning calendar
The board approved the 2021 planning calendar. All regular meetings of the board are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month except January. All board meetings are held at the Lee Road library, or streamed live on Facebook, with the following exceptions:
- Sept. 20 at Coventry Village Library Branch
- Oct. 18 at Noble Library Branch
- Nov. 15 at the University Heights Library Branch
Public service hours
The library director reported that pre-COVID public service hours at all branches would resume on Monday, Feb. 15. Curbside delivery will be available until closing or 6 p.m., whichever comes first, between Feb. 15 and March 15. After March 15, curbside delivery will be available until 8 p.m or closing, whichever comes first. It has not been determined when browsing and computer use will resume, due to the high number of COVID-19 cases. All COVID safety precautions remain in effect.
Noble branch survey
A number of opportunities to improve the space and services are offered through the Noble branch in the coming year. A survey will be circulated to the community in the next few weeks. The library staff and the board want help in deciding what would be best for the community. There will be two community meetings held via Zoom, on March 8 and 22, both at 7 p.m. Also there will be a mailed postcard with a link to the survey website. Paper copies can also be picked up at any branch. The library director is also open to emails or phone calls.
Circulation was just shy of 1.2 million items for 2020, below last year’s record breaking circulation, but still a large amount circulated during the pandemic. Use of digital items has increased a bit, but still the bulk of circulated items have been physical copies. The board commented on the solid use of virtual programs and classes that have been provided by library staff during the pandemic.
The next regular meeting will be Monday, February 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lee Road branch and live streamed on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/heightslibrary/).
LWV Observer: Elizabeth M. Tracy.
Library board meetings are recorded and available on YouTube on the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Channel.