Board of Library Trustees Meeting
September 5, 2006
Medway Public Library
MaryAnn Cabibbo, Vice Chairman
William Roberts, Secretary
Wendy Rowe, Chairman
Margaret Perkins (at 8)
No quorum being present, no votes could be taken, making life easy for the secretary.
because of technicalities involving snow removal expenses we may not need quite as much money from the town to be waiverable as last feared. The current figure is more than 88,000 and less than 138,000. Wendy will work out the exact amount.
Susan has volunteered to help over the next 3 Saturdays. This is deeply appreciated.
Petitions are available for signing at the library and from Wendy.
No one has stepped forward wanting the position as yet.
Wendy, acting as Acting Director, will increase the hours of the two positions, making use of money freed up by Nina's departure. Directors have the authority to make such adjustments in hours without a vote of the Trustees, this has often happened in the past.
Margaret arrived and provided the times she would be available. Nothing was decided.
The change requiring an MLS was made in part because the position is important, in part because without a reference librarian, our children's librarian winds up being "second in command", and in part because it was felt that it was good to have 2 staff members with MLSs (the Director is required to have one both by us and for certification).
There was a general feeling that requiring an MLS doesn't jive with our straightened circumstances.
Also it was unclear how much bearing an MLS actually has on the duties of a Children's Librarian.
When Margaret arrived she generally agreed, feeling that an MLS was more relevant for a reference librarian and that library school didn't actually offer that much that was specificly useful for Children's Librarianing. She felt that knowledge of children's literature, of children's education, of children's early development, and plain showmanship were more important.
Wendy will try to arrive at a time when all (or at least a quorum) are available.