Commissioner O'Connor asked about the status of site selection for the Mason Square Branch Library. Director Bader responded that the architect is currently conducting a feasibility study of the old Mason Square fire station and that a City Council meeting has been scheduled for May 13 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss traffic safety issues at the fire station site. Commissioner McElwaine will ask Scott Hanson of the Planning Department to outline steps that might be taken to mitigate the safety concerns.
Commissioners McElwaine and Moriarty reported on the recent Mass. Library Trustees Association conference that they attended. Of particular interest were presentations on library security and outreach to diverse populations.
Commissioners McElwaine, Moriarty and Cary also attended a workshop for new trustees conducted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System. As a follow-up to that meeting, Commissioner McElwaine requested that Commissioners Cary and Moriarty develop an evaluation instrument for evaluating the library director. The workshop also discussed the open meeting law and related handouts were distributed.
Commissioner Moriarty suggested that Commissioners begin to research issues related to library security and that a policy on library security should be drafted.
Commissioner McElwaine asked Ms. Bader and Commissioner Cary to develop an annual calendar of activities that Library Commissioners should be aware of.
Ms. McElwaine asked about the status of the vacant Community Relations Coordinator position. Ms. Bader reported that interviews have been completed and a candidate has been recommended for hire, however the City has established a hiring "slowdown." Because of the importance of the position, Commissioners McElwaine and Cary will advocate for filling the position with the Finance Control Board.
Commissioner McElwaine also asked Ms. Bader to report at the next meeting on follow-up Customer Service activities.
Director's Office to distribute copies of the open meeting law material to all Commissioners.
Director's Office to distribute MBLC materials on library security.
Ms. Bader to provide Ms. McElwaine & Mr. Cary with a list of projects that have been postponed because of the vacancy.