Minutes of the
Amherst Library Trustee Meeting
July 24, 2006
The meeting was called to order at 6:09 PM by Chairman, Don
Holden. Also attending were David
Hallenbeck, Tom Head, Robin Julian, Richard Martini, Helen Rowe and Library
Director, Amy Lapointe. The minutes of
the June 14, 2006 meeting were approved.
Library Director’s Report:
year end statistics were presented.
(See Attached) Total
circulation for the year showed a 1.66% increase. Amy summarized the reference statistics
which included the information that 98% of reference requests are filled
in state and 80% of requests are filled through GMILCS. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are the
busiest days for requests and the history/biography category is the most
summer reading program is going very well with 378 children enrolled which
is an increase over last year. 67%
of those enrolled are readers and 33% are prereaders. The Just for Teens: Magic program on
July 26 will have the Nashua Telegraph here to report on the program. Plans for the adult programming in the
fall are underway and will be similar in scope to last year’s
programs. Sunday afternoon concerts
will be included.
is national Library Card Sign –up Month.
Amy hopes to have a new member packet ready and discussion is
underway as to a possible give away.
- The CD
shelving has been ordered which will take 6-8 weeks for delivery.
performance evaluations of personnel have been completed with goals being
set for the coming year. The Reader
Advisory program is still in the planning stages, but it is hoped it will
be initiated during the next year. Other
goals are more collaboration between departments and a more integrated
approach to projects.
of the Library raised about $200 on their 4th of July paperback book
sale. They are currently planning
for the September 9th book sale.
Work is also being done in the Archives Room to try and weed out
materials not appropriate. It is
hoped that room can be made for a computer which will be connected to the
Historical Society which will allow research.
Downloadable Audio program hopes to go live in August. Amy is meeting with all the participants
to work out the processes which will make this workable. There will be staff training sessions
over the next two weeks.
next newsletter will go out the end of August and will include articles
about the Archives Room and the downloadable audio program.
Report: The end of the year showed
that on the Town side we were $13,000 below budget. On the Library side we overspent
approximately $500. The income came
in at $17,064 above the planned income figure.
Gifts: The Board
unanimously accepted the following gifts;
memory of Sue Blakeman.
honor of Lauren’s birthday.
Technology: Dave presented
a brief summary of a NHAIS workshop that he and Amy attended. This dealt with the impact on Library
Services with the change in the Web from 1.0 to 2.0 which is interactive. This will augment current services, but may
require space needs to allow for collaborative work. Rules will also need to be established
concerning collaborative groups.
Programming: Tom is
working on the Boardman Concert program.
New Business: Amy
requested the following minor changes in the Interlibrary Loan Policy. Under section III, A;
The fine imposed will be under $3.00 instead of $2.00.
Add to section G., Charges the following;
a “series” of items are being sent from an out of state library, require
multiple mailings, and are generated by one patron’s request, shipping and
handling costs to the patron may be reduced at the discretion of the Library
The Trustees unanimously approved the requested changes.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at
The next meeting is Monday, September 18, 2006.
Helen D. Rowe, Secretary