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July 2022 Minutes

Switzerland County Public Library

Board Meeting Minutes

July 15th, 2022

The regular monthly meeting of the Switzerland County Public Library Board of Trustees was held Friday, July 15th, 2022 at 3:30 pm in the meeting room of the library. Attending were Mary Jane Rogers, Sharon Deck, Stacy Streett, Michelle Hicks, Debbie Margison, Heather Peelman and Emily Fox. Not attending were Diane Sigmon and Diana Barry.

Streett made a motion to approve the minutes of the previous board meeting, seconded by Hicks and passed unanimously. Reports of library activity and technology activity were shared. Circulation surpassed 3600 for the second time since the COVID-19 closure. Fox reported that summer reading is going well for children and adults. The children’s program ends on Saturday but the adult program runs through the end of the month. 66 people came to the Oceans of Possibilities carnival. Peelman reported nearly 210 children signed up for the summer reading program and Fox said adult numbers were well over 50.

Bills and claims were presented. Streett made a motion to approve the claims, seconded by Rogers and passed unanimously.

Time for Public Comments

None.

Old Business

Fox reported on the Outdoor Learning Lab. She presented the additional appropriation request to the county council and they approved $35,000 in additional spending for the project. K2M has until the end of the month to supply the final design and specifications. After that, bids can be solicited and will be voted on in August or possibly September.

New Business

The ILL Policy was reviewed. A section asking patrons to sign in order to receive ILL services was removed, as it was outdated. Hicks motioned to accept the change, seconded by Deck and passed unanimously.

The collection development policy was reviewed. No changes were made, but Fox said it is always a good idea to regularly review it since book challenges are becoming more frequent across the country.

A telecommuting policy was presented by Fox. The reasoning for the policy is that during the public health state of emergency, the Library received a grant for laptops that would allow staff members to work from home. Since the emergency expired, work-from-home is not covered in the current personnel policy. Discussion was held. The consensus was to add language limiting how much a staff member could work from home but add language that would allow for occasional exceptions within reason. The board will vote at the next board meeting.

With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4 p.m. An executive session followed.

Minutes recorded by Emily Fox.

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