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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
“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.
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.