Library Board - Minutes


The meeting was called to order at 4:05 by Board Vice Chair Kay Bennett. Also present were board members Nancy Brown, Anne Doherty, Library director Mark Rose, and board candidate Casey Hinkley were present.

The minutes of the April 26, 2017 meetings were approved.

Unfinished Business:

The need for applicants for Library Board service was discussed. Casey Hinkley discussed her community background.

John Douglass arrived.

The new copier/printer equipment is now fully installed. Staff and public are using the new resource and troubleshoot the minor problems that do come up. A discussion on the cost of printing

New Business:

The 2017 Calendar was approved with amendments.

The Pre-Paid Store Card Policy was rescinded.

Future meeting times and days was discussed due to the lack of a quorum in June and July. Various options were discussed including morning times and other days of the week. It was determined that Wednesdays are a good day with some discussion on meeting at 4 pm or 5 pm. It was determined to table the discussion so that newly appointed board members would have their needs addressed.

Librarian's Report:

The Summer Reading Program (SRP) began with a low sign-up. This was a result of no staff visit to schools, due to the absence of Raquel, and snow days which changed a number of year end routines. In spite of the disappointing kickoff the end results were good, with a higher rate of completions than in the past.

Mary Dowdy, our new employee, is fitting in well and learning the work of the library in a satisfactory manner. I expect significant contributions in the future.

The basement women’s bathroom’s drain has been repaired and now works properly. Concrete and tile needs to be replaced before it can be reopened.

USCSLD has hired Erin McCusker at it’s new director. I was asked to serve on the interview committee. Between the interview process and further communications I believe a good selection has been made that will benefit Umatilla County library services.

Other Matters:

A training opportunity for Nonprofit Board Training is available in Pendleton on October 14th. The best training of this nature has been by Oregon Community Foundation, Mark will investigate availability as well as funding for such training.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:10.

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