Leaders for Barry-Lawrence Library District named

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Appointments for the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board were announced and officers for the 2010-11 fiscal year were elected at the board's June meeting.

The Barry County Commission has appointed Jeannie Jones of Shell Knob to complete the unexpired term of Regina McIlrath. That term will expire June 30, 2012.

The Lawrence County Board has re-appointed Donna Cheek of Mt. Vernon for another four-year term, which expires June 30, 2014.

Officers for the coming year are Ann Hall, president; Charles Peiter, vice president; and Felicity Nesbitt, secretary/treasurer. The board unanimously approved the slate of officers as presented.

Financial Issues

Director Jean Berg reported that E-Rate funding in the amount of $10,731.60 had been approved for 2010-11.

The E-Rate program provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. It is one of four support programs funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate or international telecommunications services.

Berg reviewed the proposed 2010-11 budget, with anticipated revenues projected at $1,512,478. Berg noted that there will be a loss of revenue in state funding through equalization and athlete and entertainer funds, as well as a portion of state aid. The exact amount of funding that will be impacted is unknown at the present time.

Two large increases in the budget include the MOREnet subscription for Internet service, from $9,000 to $12,000 for the coming fiscal year, and the hardware maintenance agreement with Sofnet from $8,150 to $12,000.

Capital improvements and maintenance budgets were reviewed with Berg recommending that $25,230 in 2010 equalization funding be utilized for capital improvements. Gates Found-ation grant monies will partially fund replacement of 13 computers in the library district this coming year.

Berg also proposed a 2-percent salary increase for all library personnel.

The board evaluated Berg's performance and voted to increase her salary by $2,000.

The board approved the proposed budget in the amount of $1,450,510 for the upcoming fiscal year.

Branch Improvements

Berg noted that staff is now able to take photographs of library card holders. The photos will assist in preventing fraudulent use of library cards and provide additional security for library users.

Computers throughout the library system have undergone upgrades and installation of the Jupiter firewalls. This measure now separates public Internet traffic from the library's automated circulation system.

Cost of the upgrade was $14,676.04.

The Miller facility was recently re-carpeted and ceramic tile installed in the bathroom and kitchen areas. The contractor, Willbourn Construction, tried to level the floor where two buildings connect, but was unable to get the floor even enough for placement of the tile in front of the circulation desk and the entryway. Cost of the flooring and installation was $5,727.27.

Unused index tables at the Mt. Vernon, Aurora and Monett facilities have been donated to Living Water Church in Mt. Vernon.

The Cassville facility was treated for termite infestation at a cost of $3,382. The treatment has been guaranteed for five years.

A book sale held in May netted $1,098.50 to be used toward the Gates matching funds grant.

Grant Funding

The Missouri Arts Council funded a grant in the amount of $4,500 to sponsor performances by Flamenco Guitarist Ronald Radford. Radford performed on June 18 and June 19 at Monett, Cassville and Aurora branches, with 139 persons in attendance. Radford also performed at the Horseshoe Theatre and the Barry County Museum, with 252 persons in attendance at those events.A matching donation in the amount of $3,000 was required for the grant. Matching grant funds were provided by the Radford Arts Foundation, ticket sales at the Horseshoe Theatre and a donation from the Barry County Museum.

The library has also received $1,000 from the Lawrence County Senior Tax Fund and $500 from the Mt. Vernon Community Foundation. Those are applied toward the Gates Grant Matching Fund.

Farwell honored

The board recognized Jewell Farwell for having served on the district library board for 56 years.

Farwell was appointed by the Barry County Commission in July of 1954, when the original cooperative library district was formed between Barry and Lawrence counties. Farwell has served on the board, seeing eight new branches added to the system, as well as new buildings constructed in Mt. Vernon, Pierce City and Marionville, and improvements to the existing facilities in Shell Knob, Miller, Eagle Rock and Aurora.

The tax levy hearing has been set for Thursday, August 12, at the Monett Branch Library. The next regular meeting of the library board will be at 9 a.m., Thursday, August 12, at the library, located at Sixth and Bond Streets in Monett.

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