Barry-Lawrence Library branches see physical changes

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Maintenance moves will bring several physical changes to branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library.

During the library board's January meeting, it was reported shelves will be moved in the Purdy Branch. With the space gained, patrons will see a new children's rug and table plus a small bistro table and chairs for teens and adults.

Slatwall panels were installed in the Pierce City, Aurora and Cassville branches. The panels will be used to display materials and highlight items in the collection.

New carpet squares were added in the conference room at the Cassville Branch. The Eagle Rock Branch has new metal shelving, allowing all of the children's material to go on standard library metal shelving.

New shelving was purchased for the Shell Knob Branch that will likely be installed during early February. Hill and Hill Construction won the bid to replace all the light fixtures on the first floor in Shell Knob.

An unexpected problem arose when the web server for the Monett Branch became corrupted and went out of service for three days in January. Dell Computers installed a new driver under warranty, at no cost to the library.

The upgrade on the Internet line for the Mt. Vernon Branch has been completed. Wireless Internet service is now available at the Aurora Branch. All four of the systems biggest branches, in Monett, Cassville, Aurora and Mt. Vernon, now offer wireless Internet for customers.

Progress continues on updating the library's collections. Staff completed removing worn or seldom used books in the Aurora Branch in November and at the Eagle Rock Branch in early January. Work will start on the Monett Branch in February.

Personnel changes

A variety of personnel changes occurred in recent weeks. Lawrence County board member Matt Teel, of Mt. Vernon, resigned. The Lawrence County Commission will name a replacement. The board asked to have a representative from Aurora, which has not had representation for several years.

Director Gina Milburn was welcomed back from medical leave. The board commended regional office staff Joyce Frazier, Rhonda Duff and Charlotte Eaton for managing business smoothly during Milburn's unexpected absence.

The library needed a representative on the Mt. Vernon Enhanced Enterprise Zone to replace Donna Cheek. Former director Jean Berg, a Mt. Vernon resident, agreed to take the post.

At the Monett Branch, Robert Mattner was hired to fill the part-time custodian position vacated by Jack Ellis.

At the Cassville Branch, Jane Severson was hired for the part-time clerk post vacated by Sarah Roper.

At the Aurora Branch, Shannon Snider was hired for a part-time library clerk position vacated by Makayla Maples.

At the Mt. Vernon Branch, Michelle Sneed filled the part-time clerk position vacated by Samantha Dyson. Michael Tebow was hired for the part-time custodial position vacated by Deborah Perriman.

The resignation of Connie Curbow as a part-time clerk remains unfilled.

Board action

Board members renewed the non-resident agreement with Stone County, arranged to assist the Galena Library, for another year. Board members agreed to switch from monthly payments to twice a year.

At Milburn's recommendation, the board agreed to provide vision insurance for full-time employees for the next fiscal year. Coverage is provided through Anthem-Blue Cross Blue Shield.

In other financial matters, Milburn reported the library cashed two of its 12-month certificates of deposit to cover expenses through the end of 2012.

The new minimum wage law went into effect on Jan. 1. Milburn said the 10-cent per hour increase would have little impact as the library has only two part-time employees affected by the change.

Circulation figures for November and December showed less activity overall than a year ago.

The library installed a TLC module to facilitate communication with Unique Management Services, the firm hired to provide collection agency services. Administrative assistant Joyce Frazier reported the firm should begin calling and mailing customers early in February.

The next board meeting will be held on Feb. 14.

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