Library Board, September 2018

October 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Observer Reports

Library Board of Trustees
Sept. 17, 2018

Present: Board members Gleisser, Bertsch, Meinhard, Cicarella, Garrett, and Katz
Absent: Ms. Williams

In a special meeting, which spanned five minutes, the board approved a list of records that may be destroyed.

In the regular meeting called to order about 6:40 p.m., President Gleisser noted plans continuing for a joint meeting with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library Board, perhaps in late October. He reported on the first meeting of a facilities planning taskforce that includes representation from the city, schools, and library.

The fiscal officer presented financial statements indicating the library’s revenues continue to be slightly above budget figures and expenses slightly under, indicating a year-end surplus can be expected, with an anticipated transfer of $175,000 to the capital fund.

Director Amy Switzer highlighted “restorative practices” training, and noted upcoming special events at the library, open to the public. Also mentioned were training sessions for all staff on Nov. 9 on harassment issues. She spoke about (and the board approved) a staff member’s request for a personal leave of absence.

Ms. Katz presented and expanded upon a sort of glossary of terms related to project planning and management, in anticipation of the future libraries’ renovation. There was discussion about how to manage the project, how to interact with the city (which owns the Main Library building), a desire to have maximum transparency, and the wisdom of doing financial planning before the design phase begins.

The board also approved changes in the personnel manual, internet access policy (which aims for balance between first amendment/free speech rights and the Library’s ability to bar commercial and offensive content). Also approved were proposed 2019 dates for meetings, holidays, and closing days. The 20 years of service as security officer by Gino Harris were recognized with a commendation from the board.

The community engagement report was made, gifts accepted and appropriated, and personnel actions noted.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Kathleen Hickman

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