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Sebastopol Library Advisory Board Meeting

Sebastopol Library Advisory Board Meeting
August 1, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sebastopol Regional Library, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Present: Mary Shiff, Fiona Hynes, Mathew Rose (Sebastopol Regional Library), Sarah Vantrease (Sonoma County Library Public Services Division Manager), Michael Carnacchi (Sebastopol City Council Liaison).

I. Mary Shiff, Chair, called the meeting to order at 4:07 pm. Due to lack of quorum, no actions were taken.

II. Public Comment: none.

III. Announcements: News of the appointment of Susan Hildreth as Interim Library Director was shared.

IV. New Business:  

Iva. Library Survery: was tabled until further discussion with LANTERN.

IVb. Farmer’s Market: Updates were provided on tabling from July, and plans shared for tabling in August and September.

IVc. Presentation to the Library Commission Mary is creating a project report to present to the Library Commission at a future Commission meeting date.

IVd. All LAB Meeting is in the planning process and awaiting further information from the Advocacy Committee.

IVe. Technology Plans for the Sebastopol Regional Library Questions were raised regarding the technology projects planned for Sonoma County Library. The digital sign was remarked as out of sync with community desires for the Sebastopol Regional Library, disenfranchising of a significant portion of the no-screen school students who already struggle with how the library’s technology focus. Sarah Vantrease mentioned that the digital sign would be installed, but that if the community has a negative reaction, the digital sign plan could be reviewed. Laptop checkouts were discussed, as were wifi hotspots, color printing, and EMF. Questions about the Sebastopol specific installation of other project plans did not have immediate answers. The topic to be discussed again at the October LAB meeting.

Va. Commissioner Report : No report given.

Vb. Director’s Report:  Ms. Vantrease reported on new recruits for across the library: Lana Adlawan is the Public Services Division Manager for half of the library branches, including Sebastopol; Morgan Pershing is the Adult Services Manager; Kate Keaton is the Central Santa Rosa Branch Manager. Recruitments for the Cloverdale Regional Library continue. Budget and Finance has been busy closing out the fiscal year and starting the new fiscal year. There are changes in delivery schedules. The Library Resolution on DACA has resulted in a Sonoma County Library joining a task force at the California State Library on services to Dreamers. The Attorney General’s office has included Sonoma County Library in discussions of how libraries use and protect data we gather on people we serve.

Vc. City Liaison Report: Michael Carnacchi reported that the city has appointed a new Commissioner to the Library Commission: Stephen Zollman. Mr. Carnacchi was impressed with Mr. Zollman’s Social Justice focus. Zoning updates are under discussion at the Council level, where high density zoning may be added in more places. Mr. Carnacchi shared his opinion that technical and vocational trainings could be added to school curricula, and language instruction should start at earlier grades. Mr. Carnacchi shared that the Laguna High School property may be for sale.

Vd. Youth Report: Agreed that teaching world languages in the schools in earlier grades would be great.

Ve. Branch Manager Report: Lunch at the Library was successful over the summer. Planning the events to begin or end at lunch time to increase the opportunities for people to participate in the program worked well. Summer Reading participation numbers were shared. Library stats for the month of June were shared. Arts shows are being scheduled much more frequently than in the past, a long held goal being realized. Outreach activities at the Farmer’s Market, Street Printing Festival, Sebastopol Seniors Activities Group, Gravenstein Health Action Chapter, and Teen Collaborative were shared. A read-along of Homer’s Odyssey started in July and has been a success. Details of several successful programs were shared. Highlights of Fall 2018 were shared; there are going to be over 360 programs between August and December of 2018. A request was made to highlight branch level material and genre checkout stats.

Vf. Friends of Sebastopol Library Report: Ms. Shiff reported for Sue Fujita: The next book sale starts September 12. In 2019, there will be four book sales, all with general interest, children’s and teen books. There will not be a special children’s teens books only sale. The quilt raffle goes until the end of August. Farmer’s Market outreach is going well.

Vg. LANTERN Report:  LANTERN is discussing brochures to further the information campaign regarding the needs of the Sebastopol Regional Library.

VI. Agenda Items for Next Meeting: October 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Library Survey

Presentation to the Library Commission

Farmer’s Market

All LAB Meeting

Technology Plans for the Sebastopol Regional Library


7. Additional Public Comment: none

8. Adjournment at 5:15 pm


Reported by Mathew Rose

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Show more dates
4:00pm - 6:00pm
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