Sebastopol Library Advisory Board Meeting
The Sebastopol Library Advisory Board meets on the first Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at 4 p.m. Location: Sebastopol Regional Library 7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 94952
Sebastopol Library Advisory Board Meeting Notes
February 7, 2018
Location: 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Present: Mary Shiff, Walt Frazer, Ralph Johnson, Fiona Hynes, Nancy Dempsey, Mathew Rose (Sebastopol Regional Library), Helena Whistler (Library Commissioner), Clark Mitchel (LANTERN), Arlene Kellan (LANTERN).
I. Mary Shiff, Chair, called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm. The Agenda and Minutes from December 6, 2017, were approved.
II. Public Comment: none.
III. Announcements: Fiona Hynes was introduced. She is the newest Sebastopol LAB member.
IV. New Business: Library Survey: Feedback was provided on a draft library survey. Distribution ideas were shared. The survey could be conducted in person at the library, and it could also be electronic: shared via email, Facebook, Nextdoor, on the LANTERN website, placing surveys in little free libraries, and deployed in conjunction with a community forum. Farmer’s Market: Aiming for tabling in June at the Farmer’s Market to assist with a survey and promote summer reading activities. Some LAB funds could be used for either of these activities. Presentation for the Library Commission: The May Commission meeting is being targeted for a presentation to the Commission as a chance for the LAB to share: contributions to the library survey; outreach and advocacy activities as a group (farmers market) and as individuals representing the library in the community; advising the library on projects, priorities, implementation of policies, programs; contributors of ideas for new or revised services; connectors between Friends of Sebastopol Library and other community advocates; creators of the library handbook. Drive thru book drop: current City ordinances regarding car adjacent services were discussed. At this point, advocating for an exception to allow an external library book drop is not desirable. Alternatives to alleviate the frustration of parking were discussed. Mathew Rose will ask the City if it is possible to create a 5 minute parking spot with a sign indicating the spot as book drop only parking.
Va. Commissioner Report: Helena Whistler reported on the Budget Workshop Special Meeting taking place on February 26, 2018 from 9-3 at the Rohnert Park City Chambers. The Commission and Library engaged a firm to provide legal services. The county-wide LAB meetings are being looked at as an annual event to help LABs network and grow, and receive Brown Act training. LAB members are being sought to help plan the event. The Northwest Santa Rosa (Coddington) Library refresh project is progressing with an anticipated May reopening. A question on the Brown Act resulting in Ms. Whistler agreeing to email a guide to the Brown Act to the LAB.
Vb. Director’s Report: No report.
Vc. City Liaison Report: No report.
Vd. Youth Report: Fiona Hynes was happy to see activities of high value to young adults: text notifications and SAT prep courses.
Ve. Branch Manager Report: Mr. Rose shared statistics of Sebastopol Regional Library activity (your library is busy) as well as usage numbers of the Seed Library (600 packets distributed between April and October of 2017). Mr. Rose discussed several changes in leadership at our community partner organizations and the opportunity for networking. He recently met with the new director of the Sebastopol Cultural Community Center and is looking to meet with the new Center for the Arts director, Chamber of Commerce Director (when hired), the director of the Senior Center, and continue work bringing non-profit personnel together to network and address shared concerns, issues, priorities. Sebastopol Regional Library will soon launch a grant funded music appreciation course. Experts will be brought in to instruct participants on particular works of music. Participants will then experience the works at Rialto Cinema. Mr. Rose shared information about the Educator Card – a card for teachers with increased check out allowances, longer check out periods, and minimal financial penalties. The Student Card pilot was shared. Mr. Rose discussed circulation policy changes: more renewals are allowed, check out limitations for DVDs were removed, and other fine tuning of circulation policies were adjusted to make the library more user friendly.
Vf. Friends of Sebastopol Library Report: Walt Frazer shared information on his work to have installed a Tuff Shed on an underutilized portion of the North High Parking Lot. Results from the January sale were shared (money was earned). Dates of the May sale were shared.
Vg. LANTERN Report: A presentation was made to City Council on December 19 on the commissioned rendering of a potential new library building and a library survey is being developed.
VI. Additional Comment: None.
VII. Agenda Items for Next Regular Meeting: April 4, 2018 at 4pm
Presentation to the Library Commission
All LAB Meeting
Little Free Libraries
VIII. Adjourned: 5:45 pm
Reported by Mathew Rose