HUNTINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

338 Main Street

Huntington, New York 11743

MINUTES
Of a Regular Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees

Held March 24, 2020, Via
  Virtual Conference

PRESENT: Trustees: Pat McKenna-Bausch, Ann Scolnick, Ann M. Berger
Kimberly Hawkins
and Chuck Rosner
Library Director: Joanne Adam
Assistant Library Directors: Kristine Casper and Teresa Schwind
Business Manager: Jennifer Mulvihill
Recording Secretary: Claire Tietjen

EXCUSED:

Ms. McKenna-Bausch called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m.

Ms. Berger made a motion, seconded by Mr. Rosner, to approve the agenda for the March 24, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Berger made a motion, seconded by Mr. Rosner, to approve the Library Board of Trustees Minutes of February 18, 2020. The vote was unanimous.

A motion was made by Ms. Berger, seconded by Mr. Rosner, that Warrant #19, February End of Month, totaling $349,281.76 is paid. The vote was unanimous.

A motion was made by Ms. McKenna-Bausch, seconded by Mr. Rosner, that Warrant #20 March Disbursements, totaling $299,026.86 is paid. The vote was unanimous.

A motion was made by Ms. Berger, seconded by Mr. Rosner, that Warrant #9, March Capital Fund, totaling $515.00 is paid. The vote was unanimous.

Mr. Rosner made a motion, seconded by Ms. Berger, to accept the Personnel Report for March, 2020. The vote was unanimous.

Assistant Library Director Kristine Casper briefly reviewed items contained in her written report with regard to on-going projects at the library. She thanked the Board for allowing her to attend the PLA conference recently held in Nashville where she brought back a lot of useful information. A more detailed report will follow including information received regarding a new vision of a Human Centered Design layout for libraries.

Assistant Library Director Teresa Schwind commented on the progress of the main floor renovation including the painting and delivery of furniture. There was a discussion regarding possible changes to the next newsletter concerning what programs to be included, as well as how long a period of time it will cover. Items being considered include virtual programs, training videos/tutorials and various library resources.

Library Director Joanne Adam briefly reviewed her written report stating that contracted painters will be working at the library during this time and that staff are busy creating various new programs for patrons to use while the library is closed. These programs include a You-Tube channel, on-line book discussions and work in helping to create items needed for hospitals using the 3-D printer. There was a discussion on payment for various programs and procedures going forward.

A motion was made by Ms. McKenna-Bausch, seconded by Mr. Rosner, that due to the Coronavirus, it was decided to cancel the 2020-2021 Library Budget Vote originally scheduled for April 7, 2020, and that that Library will operate next year on the same budget as during its current fiscal year. The vote was unanimous.

The Board of Trustees thanked Ms. Adam and the entire staff for coming together during this trying time and working beyond expectations to provide the community with informative websites regarding the Coronavirus, as well as creating new and visionary alternatives for programs at every level.

At 7:02 pm, a motion was made by Ms. Scolnick, seconded by Ms. Berger, to enter executive session to discuss personnel/collective bargaining issues. The vote was unanimous.

At 7:23 pm, Ms. McKenna-Bausch reconvened the meeting.

At 7:24 p.m., a motion was made by Mr. Rosner, seconded by Ms. Hawkins, to adjourn the meeting. At 7:25 p.m., the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted:                Prepared By:

_________________________ _____________________________
Ann M. Berger, Secretary        Claire Tietjen, Recording Secretary

 

 

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