November Library Board Minutes

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on November 1, 2017. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, posted at the library and on the library’s website. Phyllis Leach called the meeting to order at 5 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed three members present (Traci Alberts, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz). Two members were absent (Todd Flynn and Mark Kovar). Gail Irwin, Library Director, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz moved to approve the minutes with one correction (change the minutes to read 2017-2018 budget). Traci Alberts seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Traci Alberts made the motion to approve the claims for payment. Alane Lentz seconded this with all members voting in favor of. A list of titles purchased this month was also shared. The October Monthly Library Report will be shared next month due to this meeting falling on the first day of the month.

The Board reviewed the holiday policy developed at the last meeting. Traci Alberts made the motion to approve the policy. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of.

Discussion was held on the Library Innovation Studio Grant. An update was given on the training held in Lincoln on Oct. 24-25th. We have five people attend: Chandra Murray, Mary Jo McCall, DeAnn Morse, Wanda Raymond, and Gail Irwin. The Community Action Team has met two times now. They have discussed the need for trainers and each member will locate people for certain machines. They have put out a call for donated consumables to use with the equipment. The Open House has been set for Dec. 3rd from 1-4 p.m. to show off the Makerspace. It was noted that the installation of equipment will happen the week of November 13th and that training of local people will happen after the installation is complete. The Board reviewed the various policies for the makerspace. Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the Makerspace Policy, the User Agreement Form, the Training Certification Log, and the Injury Report Form. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of. The Nebraska Library Commission is offering a Makerspace Internship Grant to each library that was awarded this grant. They will provide $1000 to be paid to a local intern. Morgan Osborn has been selected for Library and the paperwork is currently being processed at the Commission.

The Book Basket Auction Fundraiser will be held on November 18th at the Elks building from 6-8 p.m. We will need to help set-up, move baskets, bring food, and clean up afterwards. Marsha Fuchs is in charge of this event.

The next meeting date was discussed. The Board doesn’t usually hold a meeting in the month of December unless there is a pressing issue. If the Director feels like we need to hold one, the Board will be notified. The date of December 6th at 5 p.m. seemed to work with the members.

Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

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