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Library Board to post meeting minutes on its website

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The Westchester Public Library Board discussed changes to its records policy at its meeting last week.

Board President Michael Livovich suggested that meeting minutes be made public on WPL’s website. Currently, minutes are available upon request at the branch locations. Minutes from each month are reviewed and approved by the board at a following meeting, so minutes will be uploaded to the website as they are written and labeled as drafts until they are approved going forward. The board will also upload minutes going back to January 2016.

The board also decided not to archive agendas from past years, but did speak in favor of a policy change assuring that agendas are posted at least six hours in advance of meetings.

Attorney Terry Hiestand will draft the policy change for review at the next meeting.

Librarian’s Report

Library Director Leea Yelich announced that WPL has received its tax settlement for the year. The settlement amounts to $1,411,602.24.

WPL also received $1,000 from Indiana Humanities for the Frankenstein Community Reading Program, which is part of the Indiana One Book, One State project. The 2018 project focuses on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its publication.

Friends of the Library received a large donation of books after their fall book sale, so they held a special one-day holiday sale Dec. 2 and raised nearly $1,000, Yelich also reported.


Meanwhile, Yelich announced a few staff changes. Julia McMeans will be reclassified from Clerk to Programming Clerk to better fit her expertise and allow her to be more involved in Library Programs. Reference Manager Marta Schumacher has continued her education and will be reclassified as a Reference Librarian with an increase in pay.

Yelich also said she is working with a management consultant to develop a job description for the new Assistant Director position and gearing up to conduct interviews for an open Technological Services position.


Posted 12/21/2017




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