June 11, 2014
The Arnolds Park Library Board met Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Arnolds Park Library.
Members present were Joyce Burgeson, Mitch Brown, Barb Woodley, Diana Jensen, Robb Keizer and librarian Kara Rice.
The minutes of May 27, 2014 were approved as read.
Employee step plan: The board reviewed spreadsheets of the current library staff step plan. The library staff consists of three levels - Director, Library Aide and Junior Aide. The Junior Aide wage is low compared to the other two. Rice explained the aides were part time positions and further discussed their different duties and skills. After much discussion, the board agreed to rename the three tiers of library staff as follows: Director, Library Assistant, and Library Aide. Burgeson moved to recommend to the City Council to increase the Step 0 pay for the Library Aide to $9.80 per hour with a cost of living increase per the City step plan. The city will figure the percentage increase for the rest of the steps. Keizer seconded. All aye.
Dickinson County funding information: Rice presented notes from a recent county librarian's meeting on better county funding. It was decided the county libraries will go together to meet with the County Board of Supervisors this fall to request an increase in funding.
Library Hours: Right now the library is open two nights a week until 6 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 10:00 - 12:00. The minimum requirement for Tier 1 libraries to be eligible for state funding is to be open at least one evening until 6:00 p.m. It was suggested by the library staff to discontinue one of the extra evening hours and extend Saturday mornings by one hour to 9:00 - 12:00. Following discussion by the board, Keizer moved to leave the closing times the same and extend Saturday hours to 9:00 - 12:00 beginning July 1, 2014. Burgeson seconded. All aye.
Close library on July 5, 2014: Burgeson moved to close the library on Saturday July 5, 2014 . Brown seconded. All aye.
Reading program report: Rice reported that 46 children are participating and are excited to get the prizes they earn. She commented that the new books are always gone off the shelf. She will get an article to the newspaper on the activities they have done and those yet to come.
Library programming with surrounding libraries: The county libraries have discussed conjoined programming to help with the budget. Each library would host a different program and help each other split the cost. A recent discussion was to get the Storm Chasers for a program.
Publish library minutes in the newspaper: Rice was told by the city that any open meeting has to have the minutes published in the Dickinson County News. Jensen asked whose budget would pay the publishing fees. Rice said she will have someone representing the City at next month's meeting to explain the process and cost.
Burgeson suggested more articles on the Arnolds Park library activities and upcoming programs be placed in the Dickinson County News and Lakes News Shopper.
Kids magazines: Rice said they are thinking of installing magazine poles and get a few kids magazines to see what kind of interest is generated.
Bills: Bills were presented for June 2014 in the amount of $6,215.57. Rice said that Amazon is requesting to be paid immediately. Their portion of the bill $4,995.07. The City had amended the library budget to pay for Sue Sup's severance pay. There will still be $21,000 left after paying the bills for June. Keizer moved to accept the bills as presented. Burgeson seconded. All aye.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 5:48 p.m.