Library board discusses materials, internet policy


Tribune staff reports

Technical services manager Monica Boyer gave a report to the Jackson County Public Library board of trustees during a meeting Monday at the library in Seymour.

A 16-year employee, Boyer worked as an information services assistant prior to taking her present position five years ago.

She gave an overview of her job, the staff in her department and announced the library has signed a contract with Better World Books to have 20 percent of used material sales be credited toward the library’s CollectionHQ subscription. After scanning materials into their database, withdrawn materials are still being donated to the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library for its sales.

After her report, trustees OK’d changes to the internet acceptable use policy, last revised in August 2016. The change is worded to include personal mobile device, wireless internet connection and the use of one-on-one instruction instead of computer classes.

The budget committee announced $2,383,286 will be advertised for the 2018 operating fund, which is a 4 percent increase. The public hearing on the budget is Sept. 18, with adoption set for Oct. 16. Both regular meetings are at the library in Seymour.

Director Julia Aker and board President Josh Bartley reported on the American Library Association Conference in Chicago that they attended at the end of June. Aker accepted a runner-up certificate in the CollectionHQ Biggest Improver Challenge. The library was one of 24 libraries nationwide to improve the use of the software and will receive $2,500 credit toward materials ordered through the library’s materials vendor, Baker & Taylor.

The board also approved closing the library branch in Medora on Sept. 12 and 13 for carpet replacement and out-of-state travel for Aker, administrator Mary Reed and head of adult services Julie Lingerfelt to attend the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 20 through 24.

The board’s next meeting is at 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at the library, 303 W. Second St., Seymour.

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