NESMITH LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Minutes

 

Present:  Joan Griffin, Chairman; Mary Lee Underhill, Vice-Chairman; Mark Branoff, Treasurer; Wendy Keller, Secretary, Carolyn Webber; Anne Marie O’Neil, Carl Heidenblad, Director; Diane Mayr, Assistant Director, Lois Freeston, Assistant Director. Chris Monterio was absent.

 

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Joan Griffin, Chairman, at 6:05 p.m.

Minutes: The minutes of the September 9, 2008 meeting were approved.

 

Correspondence: None

Reports:

Financial—Three quarters of the year has elapsed—we have spent 74% of the budget.

Director’s-- Nesmith Library Directors Report, October 2008

 

Overview.

·         Registration.    There were 53 new registrations in September. 

·         Internet uses.  661 uses in September, 2008 vs 581 in September, 2007. 

·         People Counter.  6031 visits were counted in September.

·         Sunday usage.   There were 467 visits in September compared to 401 visits in September, 2007.

Statistics—Our collection size totaled 80,502 items. Volunteer hours were 89.4 hours.

 

 

Procedural Change.

 

Building and property maintenance. 

 

Budget.

 

Technology.

Other items:

·        The most recent American Public Library ratings (HAPLR) were released earlier this month.  In NH, for libraries serving communities of more than 10,000 persons, only the Nesmith Library and 6 other libraries were ranked at 700 (1000 is the highest possible score) or higher.  

Library

 

 

Score

 

Percentile

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amherst Town Library

736

 

88%

Exeter Public Library

 

805

 

96%

Howe Library - Hanover

766

 

93%

Keene Public Library

702

 

85%

Nesmith Library - Windham

700

 

84%

Portsmouth Public Library

822

 

97%

Wadleigh Memorial Library - Milford

761

 

92%

 

Diane Mayr has been nominated for this award and which will be presented on October 24th at the READS meeting.  Stay tuned for further news!

 

Unfinished Business

·         Strategic Planning Committee—The committee is chaired by Wendy Keller and has met for the first time. MOTION: Carolyn Webber moved that per our By-Laws this committee be recognized as an ad hoc committee. The motion was seconded and approved.

·         Personnel Committee Report—Executive Session. Joan Griffin polled the Trustees. Everyone was in agreement. The session began at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 6:40 when the chair polled the Trustees to end the session. The Board of Trustees approved the three recommendations of the director.

·         CIP Committee—Carl and Joan met with the committee on October 2nd.

 

Announcements

·  Trustees Emeritus Award 7:00 p.m. tonight

 

·  Trustees’ Meeting—Tuesday, November 18, 2008.

 

·  ADJOURNED:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 pm

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Wendy Keller, Recording Secretary

Draft Subject to Approval