Eagle Rock Library Branch petitions for Saturday hours

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Customers of the Eagle Rock Library have sent an informal petition requesting the branch be reopened on Saturdays. The request was reviewed at the November meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Library Board of Directors. There were 42 signatures on the petition, all cardholders of the library, with 22 confirmed as routine Saturday customers. October was the first month the branch was not open.

Circulation for October in Eagle Rock was 1,314, for 19 days, compared to 1,411, for 22 days in October 2012. After a discussion the board agreed that it was too soon for any determination.

Financial report

The board has received notification from the Missouri State Library that the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library has been certified to receive state aid funds in the amount of $37,115.50 for the fiscal year of 2014. This is the same amount received in 2013. Of that, $18,557.75 has already been electronically transferred to the library's account for the first and second quarter, with the third and fourth quarter payments to be received in the spring of 2014.

The Missouri Department of Labor has announced a state minimum wage rate increase for 2014. Minimum wage will now be set at $7.50, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

A review of the October 2013 financial report by Director Gina Milburn showed a slight increase in income from last year, most likely due to the insurance loss proceeds used to make building repairs at the Mt. Vernon Branch. There was also an increase in the collection of fines and fees.

Milburn was given permission to attend a Public Library Association Conference on March 12 through 15, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind. Janea Coker, youth service coordinator and Rhonda Duff, collection development library assistant, will also be in attendance.

The conference is geared toward public libraries and will allow the attendants to network, gain professional development and see what's new on the horizon for libraries. Milburn will be applying for a State Library for a Continuing Education Grant, which will help offset some of the cost.

After careful review the board has determined, for the benefit of its staff and customers, there will be an additional day for book deliveries. As of Nov. 4, deliveries will be made on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Overdrive e-book program is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2014, through the consortium MOLib2Go. Participating libraries will have access to all purchased titles and a link will be placed for customers on the library website. Customers must have a library card and PIN number to check out books, as well as be in good standing with the library (no fines or fees owed). Once a title is due back, it will simply disappear from the customer's account.

Staff changes

Part-time clerk Barbara Brown has submitted her resignation effective Dec. 18. The position will be posted and interviews will begin in the first part of December, Milburn said.

At the Miller Branch, a re-evaluation of the part-time library assistant position by the board has concluded with the hiring of a part-time clerk Kaitlyn Robinson. She began working on Nov. 12, with Pam Glassco continuing the weekly story time sessions.

Dawn Justice, part-time clerk at the Mt. Vernon Branch, worked her last day on Oct. 30. Jeanette Janusz was hired to fill the vacancy and began on Nov. 11.

The circulation statistics for October and the first quarter (July-September 2013) were also reviewed, showing Monett leading all branches. Cassville, Mt. Vernon and Aurora were not far behind. Aurora had the highest computer and wireless usage reported.

Work continues on the Mt. Vernon Branch with interior walls having been repaired and the kitchen cabinets re-installed. The brick work on the front of the building was completed on Nov. 15 and a window re-installed on Nov. 18. The interior wall, exterior lettering and a small amount of landscaping will most likely be completed by the first part of December.

The board's next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 12.

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