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Board Agenda – Friday, March 21, 2014

Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, March 21, 2014

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central

VIA READYTALK

Step 1:  Dial in:  866-740-1260

Access Code: 5149183

Step 2: Web Login — https://cc.readytalk.com/r/fqd4zfo91os7&eom

 

ARSL Mission Statement:

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries provides resources and support that empower those

in small and rural libraries to deliver excellent service for their communities

 

AGENDA

 

2 min.   I.          Welcome and Call to Order                                                                 Tena Hanson,

****** Start Meeting Recording******                                               President

 

3 min.   II.        Consent Agenda

    • Approve Minutes of January 17, 2014*/**
    • Current Financial Statements*/**
    • Member Services Committee Report     (Download)
    • Conference Planning Committee Report     (Download)
    • Partnerships  Committee Report     (Download)
    • Member Development Committee Report
    • Governance Committee Report
    • Finance Committee Report
    • Executive Committee Report     (Download)
    • President’s Report     (Download)

 

 

5 min.   III.       Verbal Committee Reports if Pulled from Consent Agenda

  •  Member Services CE update

 

10 min. IV        President’s Report            (Download)                                                            Tena

 

  • Discuss follow-up actions to Membership Vote to Approve New Mission Statement
  • Reminder of DropBox storage changes (deleting docs from Board Meeting Folder following meeting)
  • Discuss Volunteer Application Process
  • Discuss potential partnership with Peter Pearson (thefriends.org) on future IMLS grant proposal

 

 

10 min. IV.       Approval of ARSL Student Chapter Policy & Application*/** Tena

 

 

 

10 min. V.        Approve SHLB Involvement*/**                                                         Tena

 

  • Organizational Membership
  • ARSL Representative Conference Attendance
  • Potential ARSL Panel Presenter
  • Gigabit Libraries Network
  • Potential for SHLB Speaker at ARSL Conference in September

 

5 min.   VI.       Governance Committee                                                           Paul Healey, Chair

 

  • Approval of Policy on Member Conduct at Board Meetings*/**
  • Review and solicit feedback on DRAFT revised policy on Partnerships*/**

 

 

5 min.   VII.      Approval of Investment Policy*/**                                          Mary Stenger,

                                                                                                                        Treasurer

 

 

5 min. VIII.    US Fire Administration MOA*/**                                           Tena

5 min. IX.       Consider Texas Library Association Affiliate Application        Gail Sheldon, Co-Chair

 

5 min. X.        Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries                           Tena and Donna

 

 

 

5 min. XI.          Nominating Committee Report                                                Andrea Berstler, Chair

 

 

 

5 min. XII.        Approve Proposed Emerging Leader Selection Process            Tena

(starts in April, Decision in July to meet ALA 9/1 deadline)

 

 

 

10 min. XIII.     PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

 

5 min. XIV.    Topics Identified for Board Work Session?

 

 

Next Board Meeting – Friday, May 16, 2014 — ReadyTalk

 

 

90 min.             ADJOURN BOARD MEETING

 

* Denotes Action Item

** Posted in DROP BOX

Library Director – Newburgh, IN

Today’s Date: 03/05/2014

Job Closing Date: 03/23/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Institution Ohio Township Public Library System

Library Location: Newburgh, Indiana

Website (if applicable): http://www.ohio.lib.in.us/

Duties / Job description: Welcome to our town—as the next director of the Ohio Township Public Library System. The Library Board of Trustees seeks a new leader to help continue and enhance the Library’s successful role as a creative, cultural, and collaborative connection in the community. The Library director will work strategically with local organizations and agencies and be responsive to the needs and concerns of staff, patrons and the community. Ohio Township Public Library System, (http://www.ohio.lib.in.us/), is an independent district with a tax rate exclusively dedicated to public library service. Governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, the Library staff of 50 serves the 37,749 citizens in Ohio Township with a $2 million dollar annual budget. The Library consists of the new Central Library, and two branch facilities: Chandler, located in the town of Chandler; and Newburgh, located in a 1984 building fronting the Ohio River. The challenge for the next director will be to forge strong community relationships and partnerships while leading a motivated staff to further serve the community effectively.

Ohio Township, consisting primarily of the cities of Newburgh and Chandler, is located in southwest Indiana in Warrick County. Nestled against a bend in the Ohio River, this community has deep historical roots, small town charm, and a thriving waterfront. While home to interesting shops, quality dining, and local events and festivals, city amenities are also easily accessible – Indianapolis, Nashville, St. Louis and Louisville are all within a few hours’ drive. With a quality public school system, the University of Evansville and University of Southern Indiana, Newburgh also hosts parks, trails, and golf courses. Several large corporations in the region, such as Alcoa, Tropicana Entertainment, Vigo Coal, Toyota, and Deaconess Health System, a low cost of living and a strong agricultural presence contribute to a high quality of life. For additional information, please visit Ohio Township Links, (http://www.gossagesager.com/OTPLSlinks.htm).

Responsibilities. The Director reports to a seven-member Library Board of Trustees and works with the Board, staff, and community stakeholders to establish the strategic vision for the Library aligning the Library’s mission, goals and objectives with the community’s needs and priorities. This is complex executive work which includes planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations of the library. The Director also works closely with the Board of Library Trustees, local government, and community agencies and organizations. Too, the Director ensures that local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations applicable to Indiana libraries and the by-laws, policies, and directives of the Library Board are being met.

Qualifications: Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science; the ability to obtain and retain an Indiana Librarian Certificate 2; and a minimum of three years of relevant library experience which includes supervision of staff. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior written and oral communications skills; demonstrated success in effectively promoting library services to the community; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a thorough knowledge of current trends and “best practices” for library service. Successful experience as a library director reporting to a governing board is desirable.

Compensation. The starting salary range is $62,000 to $74,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: The starting salary range is $62,000 to $74,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

How to apply? For further information contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates, (http://www.gossagesager.com/), via email or telephone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments via email to Karen Miller, karenmiller@gossagesager.com, or Jobeth Bradbury, jobethbradbury@gossagesager.com, on or before the closing date of March 23, 2014.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

One enchanted evening: Lightning talks

Did the metal shop class just build a book drop for your library?

Did you mount an effective display which moved lots of materials?

Did you land a big bequest?

Did you come up with a very successful teen program?

On Thursday evening, September 4th at 8 p.m. (location to be announced), come  and share your accomplishment with your fellow attendees.  You will have ten minutes before we move the mike onto the next individual.  Bring a poster or bring a PowerPoint and boast about what you and your library staff have accomplished.  Practical, easily replicable ideas appreciated!

If you are interested in participating, please email the following information to Lisa Lewis  -  Program Selection Committee Chair  - llewis@ci.safford.az.us

Thank you for your participating and I look forward to hearing from many of you!

Name:

 

Email:

 

Topic to be shared:

 

Projector Needed:

Yes or No

Library Director — Robesonia, PA

Today’s Date: 02/20/2014

Job Closing Date: mm/dd/yyyy

Job Title: Library Director

If ‘other’ please explain… considered full time but only 30 hours per week

Institution Robesonia Community Library

Library Location: Robesonia PA

Website (if applicable): www.berks.lib.pa.us/sro/

Duties / Job description: Robesonia Community Library, serving Robesonia Borough, Heidelberg Township & North Heidelberg Township in Berks County, PA seeks an enthusiastic individual for the position of Library Director. This position is 30 hours per week and reports directly to the Board of Trustees. This position requires a minimum of two years college education and certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Responsibilities include representing the library at various community events, budgeting, collection development, adult programming, coordinating fundraising activities with the Board of Trustees and Friends of the Library, along with overseeing library staff and other daily operations.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to robesoniacl@berks.lib.pa.us or Robesonia Community Library, Attn: Kathy Bashore, 75-A South Brooke Street, Robesonia, PA 19551.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Qualifications: 2 years college education and certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education
Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: negotiable

How to apply? Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to robesoniacl@berks.lib.pa.us or Robesonia Community Library, Attn: Kathy Bashore, 75-A South Brooke Street, Robesonia, PA 19551

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director — Ankeny, IA

Today’s Date: 02/17/2014

Job Closing Date: 02/28/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution City of Ankeny Iowa

Library Location: 1210 NW Prairie Ridge Dr, Ankeny, IA 50023

Website (if applicable): www.ankenyiowa.gov

Duties / Job description: The ideal Library Director must have demonstrated abilities in planning and directing functions in the operation of a public library, leadership, supervision and organization. The Director must be skilled in establishing effective communications with patrons, community groups, and other governmental officials.

To view the recruitment brochure go to http://www.ankenyiowa.gov/index.aspx?page=20

Qualifications: Candidates must possess a master’s degree in library science from an accredited ALA college or university, and have five years in professional library administration.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: Salary range is $74,228-$94,738 plus an excellent benefit package.

How to apply? Submit a City of Ankeny employment application, cover letter, and resume to:

Dawn Gean
Human Resources Officer
City Hall
410 W. 1st Street
Ankeny, IA 50023-1557
http://www.ankenyiowa.gov
Or E-mail to: dgean@ankenyiowa.gov.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director, Clear Lake IA

Today’s Date: 02/11/2014

Job Closing Date: 03/31/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Institution Clear Lake Public Library

Library Location: Clear Lake, Iowa

Website (if applicable): www.cllibrary.org

Duties / Job description: As the result of a retirement, the City of Clear Lake seeks a Library Director. Clear Lake (pop.7,777) is home to one of Iowa’s largest natural lakes and boasts a strong tourism and recreation-based economy.

Under the general supervision of a 7-member Board of Trustees, the Library Director provides administrative and managerial oversight of the Library. The Director plans, organizes, directs, evaluates and reviews the Library’s resources, personnel, facilities, services and programs to respond to the needs of the community.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, or Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited university or college is required; a Master’s degree is preferred. Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of professional librarian experience, with two (2) years of administrative and supervisory experience at management level preferred. Successful prior experience as a public library Director or Assistant Director is desirable.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $45,000 – $50,000 (+/-) depending on education and experience

How to apply? Submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) letters of reference to:

Attention: Mrs. Jana Severtson, Search Committee Co-Chair
Clear Lake Public Library
200 N. 4th St.
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Applicants moving forward in the selection process will be required to provide additional documentation including, but not limited to: proof of graduation, licensure and current criminal background check. Applicants may be required to submit to a pre-employment drug test.

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The City of Clear Lake is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director (PT) – Horseshoe Bend, ID

Today’s Date: 01/22/2014

Job Closing Date: 02/10/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Part Time

Institution Horseshoe Bend District Library

Library Location: Horseshoe Bend, Idaho

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: LIBRARY DIRECTOR
Horseshoe Bend District Library
Horseshoe Bend, Idaho

Salary: DOE, DOQ
Benefits: Negotiable
Status: 30+/- hours/week

Horseshoe Bend District Library serves the rural community of Horseshoe Bend with a service population of about 1500 residents. Ideally located 30 minutes from the conveniences of the capital city of Boise, this community also offers the charm of picturesque mountain scenery and nearly limitless outdoor and river recreational activities.

Job Description: The library director is responsible for:
• Daily functions, programs, services, and finances of the library
• Working in cooperation with the board of trustees
• Exhibiting superior leadership, administrative, and organizational skills
• Working collaboratively and creatively with the ability to adapt to change
• Preparation, management, and oversight of library budget
• Attending continuing education classes, as necessary
• Setting and working toward long-range goals for the library
• Supervising other library staff members
• Acting as a positive public relations representative for the community
• Acting as clerk for the board without voting rights
• Working with patrons of all ages
• Designing and implementing library programs for various ages
• Computer and technology troubleshooting and support
• Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions: Duties are performed indoors in an office/library environment. Duties require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, and talking or hearing. Duties require occasional periods of balancing, pulling/pushing items, lifting/carrying items, keyboarding, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling. Weights up to 50 pounds are encountered. Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to do general accounting and bookkeeping. Reading materials and verbal instructions require complex interpretation. Hazards are considered minor and controllable, but may include exposure to human error and angry/hostile patrons/staff. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related destinations.

A successful candidate should possess people skills, computer skills, enthusiasm, energy, a desire to promote life-long learning, and an ability to understand the community and its needs.

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: An ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS is preferred, but not required. High school diploma or GED required.

Applicants subject to pre-employment background check and drug testing.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: DOE, DOQ

How to apply? Send cover letter and resume to HSBLibraryDirector@gmail.com or submit in person to Horseshoe Bend District Library.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Board Agenda – Jan. 17, 2014

Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, January 17, 2014

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central

 VIA READYTALK

Step 1:  Dial in:  866-740-1260

Access Code: 5149183

Step 2: Web Login — https://cc.readytalk.com/r/yder7kq0dco&eom

 

ARSL Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries is to provide a network of people and materials to support rural and small library staff, volunteers and trustees to integrate the library thoroughly with the life and work of the community it serves.

 AGENDA

2 min.   I.          Welcome and Call to Order                                                                 Tena Hanson,

****** Start Meeting Recording******                                               President

 

3 min.   II.        Consent Agenda

5 min.III.       Verbal Committee Reports if Pulled from Consent Agenda

10 min. IV.       Approval of ARSL Conference Locations through 2019*/**                Tena

5 min.   V.        Proposal for an ARSL Student Chapter                                               Tena

5 min.   VI.       Opportunity for Shared Booth at South by Southwest Interactive*      Tena

5 min.   VII.      Approval of Investment Policy*/**                                                      Mary Stenger, Treasurer

10 min. VIII.    Partnerships Committee                                              Cal Shepard/Gail Sheldon, Partnerships Committee Co-Chairs

Old Business

  1. Request review and approval of membership categories revised to incorporate feedback from November board meeting */**
  2. Solicit feedback on Membership categories and Benefits document**

New Business

  1. Review and solicit feedback on DRAFT revised policy on Partnerships** (Currently in front of Governance committee.)

5 min. IX.        Governance Committee                                                           Paul Healey, Chair

  • Approval of Policy on Member Conduct at Board Meetings*/**

10 min. X.        Library Juice MOU*/**           Tameca Beckett, Member Services Co-Chair

10 min.XI.      Membership Development Committee                                     Lisa Lewis, Chair

  • ARSL Brochure changes, numbers to be printed and vendor choice*/**

10 min. XII.     PUBLIC COMMENT

5 min. XIII.    Topics Identified for Board Work Session?

Next Board Meeting – Friday, March 21, 2014 — ReadyTalk

90 min.             ADJOURN BOARD MEETING

 

* Denotes Action Item

** Posted in DROP BOX

Super Bowl Reading Program

wrp teensIn Sussex County, Delaware three youth services librarians are kicking off 2014 with their 2nd Annual Super Bowl Reading Program.  In late 2012, Tameca Beckett, Laurel Public Library, Christina Poe, Seaford Public Library, and Jessica Webb, Delmar Public Library decided to start the New Year with a little friendly competition.  And what says competition in January better than a little football?  They decided to host a one month Super Bowl Winter Reading Program.  Each participating library would compete to see who could score the most reading touchdowns.  The winner would be announced during the Super Bowl Tailgate party, the Saturday before the Super Bowl.  The only prize awarded was a small trophy for the winning library and bragging rights for the year.

Reading logs were distributed to local schools, community centers, and homeschool groups. wrp1 Throughout the month, each library hosted football themed programs.  Each week the touchdown totals were posted in each library as well as on social media.  In one month, the youth from Delmar, Seaford and Laurel scored a combine

d 227 touchdowns, which equates to 2,270 reading hours.  Over 300 parents and children from each library attended the tailgate party, hosted at the Laurel Public Library.  The Laurel High School football team lent football helmets and jerseys for the tailgate party photo shoot.  Teen volunteers from each library assisted with the food and games during the party.

This program is a demonstration of the power of collaboration and theme.  The football/sports theme drew fathers and sons into the library in droves.  Additionally, kids were motivated as they worked as a team for their library.  Children actually congratulated each other as they scored reading touchdowns.  Yes, there was still a winner but that was all overshadowed in the group effort for both librarians and children.  During the height of the tailgate party, filled with smiling children and parents, it was impossible to identify who was on what team.  Librarians, volunteers, teens, and kids were all apart of Team Literacy.  And it is obvious that we all win on that team.

By Tameca Beckett, ARSL Board Member and Co-Chair of Member Services Committee

Laurel Public Library, DE

“Isn’t that what libraries are all about?” – Jennifer Milligan, Scholarship Winner

By Jennifer Milligan

jennifer milliganShare. Learn. Grow. Change. Rinse. Repeat.  After all, isn’t that what libraries are all about?  A place to share and learn and grow and change, a place to be inspired, a place to be yourself, a place to figure out who you are?

A little over two years ago, I left a successful career in engineering to become a public library director after having completed my MLIS while continuing to work and raise a family.  I did so because I believe in the power of public libraries to educate, inform, and inspire those within our communities, because I believe in the power of continuing education and growth to improve our lives.  To be effective in my role as a director of a small rural public library, I need to learn and grow and change, I need to be inspired, and I need to share that inspiration with those around me, creating stronger and more effective public libraries for all of us. The ARSL conference offered me that opportunity; the opportunity to learn and grow, to make connections, and to better serve my community.

Whether it was getting ideas for fundraising, learning about free tech tools, discussing ways to incorporate makerspaces into small libraries, exploring options for family literacy programming, or sharing the importance of library advocacy, I found every session I attended to be full of passionate professionals, eager to share and learn.  My enthusiasm only grew as I realized that these are ideas that will work for me, a director of a small rural library with limited financial and personnel resources.  How exciting it is to share big ideas and lofty goals in ways that will work for the smallest of libraries, presented by people just like me, people who understand my challenges!  The opportunity to network with similar professionals was priceless, providing me with contacts and friendships that will continue to help me learn and grow and serve my community.

Libraries are a place of change.  We need to be inspired and innovative to meet the challenges of the changes in our communities, to continue to meet the changing needs of our patrons, to ensure that we are continuing to educate, inform, and inspire.  I believe that attendance at the Association for Rural & Rural Libraries Annual Conference provided my entire library system with new information and ideas that will reinvigorate us as we move forward to meet our next challenge.