Library Board of Trustees, January 2018

February 2nd, 2018  |  Published in Observer Reports

Library Board of Trustees
Jan. 30, 2018

Present: All board members and Library Director Amy Switzer

The Fiscal Officer presented financial data for December. The library closed the year with a modest surplus due to cost-cutting efforts and slightly larger revenue than budgeted. The board approved authorizing purchases from a number of vendors that, over the course of the year, will total amounts larger than $50,000. All purchases larger than that amount require board approval.

Ms. Switzer noted the opening reception for the exhibition “Rings of Life,” featuring trees of Shaker Heights, on Thursday, Feb.1. Also noted was the county-wide reading project, “One Book.”

Quarterly usage numbers were reviewed. Trends seen nationally continued in Shaker libraries: diminished use of physical materials and increased use of electronic resources. A large drop in the use of CDs and DVDs has been seen due to consumer use of streaming services. Program offerings and program attendance were up over the previous year’s numbers. A new offering is being developed: a mobile limited “hot spot” for streaming limited movies and TV series, expected to be available within the month.

In cooperation with Bellefaire, Shaker libraries are now Safe Places for youth.

A Channel 5 interview was mentioned—a lengthy session that was edited to 90 seconds.

The board approved the acceptance of gifts and adjourned to executive session at 7:10 p.m.
Kathleen Hickman

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