John Hagler will continue to serve as chairman. Phil Jacobs was elected to the position of vice chair after serving as treasurer last year.
Richard Jones was elected treasurer. This is Jones’ first year on the board.
Bill Burch is also a new member this year. He will be overseeing the building and grounds committee.
“We are very excited about their agreeing to be on the board,” Hagler said.
Library director Andy Hunt will continue to serve as the secretary for the board.
As part of Burch’s first report, he gave details on work that would be done on the History Branch building. Leaks in the roof need to be fixed and the exterior brick needs cleaning. The projects will be partially paid for through a grant from the Tucker Foundation.
There are also plans to enclose the children’s courtyard. Hunt said the project should cost about $10,000. An outside door from the courtyard will remain locked, but will automatically unlock when the fire alarm goes off.
The board received an update on the library’s switch to a radio-frequency identification system. Most of the equipment has arrived. Soon an updated self-checkout kiosk will be available.
Board member Margaret Schenck said the tagging of the library’s collection for the new system is being completed.
Hunt said the DVD adult collection is being tagged, and then returns and materials on the bookmobile will be the only items remaining.
Meg Campbell of Friends of the Library Association said the group is conducting a membership drive.
Board members were given information about the new library standards and best practices. Lauren Long of the Ocoee River Regional Library gave a presentation about the information, as well as an overview of the services offered by the regional library.
“These are professional guidelines that the committee that worked on this felt were things libraries could work on,” Long said.
These guidelines included advice, goals and the need for long-term planning. Members of the Tennessee State Library and Archives recently completed a survey and research to determine the future needs of public libraries.
The regional library provides support and training for nonmetropolitan libraries in the region. When local library board members participate in regional training, it increases the chances of the library receiving grants.