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Library Board renews nonresident fee, ponders next step of Vision 2037

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The Westchester Public Library Board meet briefly Thursday and approved revisions to its circulation and reference policies for the year.

With that, the board agreed 6-0 on WPL Director Leea Yelich’s recommendation to renew the annual fee for a non-resident library card at $175 per person, allowing persons outside of Westchester Twp. to borrow materials from any of the WPL branches.

All other fees are renewed as well, except for the Interlibrary Loan Fee of $2 which will be dropped when they request for materials using the state interlibrary loan services or SRCS, whereas before it was $2 per request. Patrons must have a valid WPL card in order to make requests, the policy sates. Interlibrary loan requests may take up to four weeks now instead of three.

The change involving the Interlibrary Loan Fee was also made in the WPL’s reference policy. A sentence has been added saying that patrons would be financially responsible for lost or stolen items from the interlibrary loans at the discretion of the lending library.

Vision 2037

In other matters, WPL Board President Michael Livovich said Gerard Pannekoek of the Future of Chesterton Foundation had informed him that the Library’s Vision 2037 initiative was not chosen as a project with the Foundation this year.

The Foundation works with Chesterton High School to give students the opportunity to work on projects with business and organizations in the community. The students would research a task and present suggestions from the information the collect.

Pannekoek attended the board’s February meeting where they began discussing the possibility of having Vision 2037 be a project for the Foundation. Vision 2037 would survey the community to give WPL guidance on determining what a library should look like in 20 years.

Livovich said that the committee leading Vision 2037 held subsequent meetings with Pannekoek where there were some good discussions but ultimately “things kind of fell through.”

“They have stepped out at this time. I expressed that we would very much like to explore working with them in the future but it looks like that is not a possibility in the short term,” Livovich told the board Thursday. He said the committee will meet again next month to get started on another direction

Yelich said the Duneland YMCA has contacted her about potentially working with the Library in partnership which could entail the Vision 2037 project, given that it is about community outreach.

Librarian’s report

Highlights from Yelich’s report to the board included the appointment of Ron Horton as the WPL’s new maintenance manager, starting Monday, May 15.

The Friends of the Library spring book sale last month was a large success and raised over $5,000. Proceeds donated by the Friends of the Library are deposited into WPL’s gift fund.



Posted 5/15/2017






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