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2019.03.19 - LAMP Minutes

LAMP Committee

March 19, 2019 - 10:00am
Bergenfield Public Library


Present: Gretchen Kaser (Ho-Ho-Kus, Co-Chair); Allison Moonitz (Bergenfield, Co-Chair); Catherine Dodwell (Dumont); Kirsten Fagerlund (BCCLS); Melody Townley (BCCLS); Stephanie Bellucci (Cliffside Park); Ellen O'Keefe (Glen Rock); Susan Kumar (Palisades Park); Julie Marallo (Tenafly)

Not Present: John Arthur (Englewood) & Lina Podles (Hoboken)


1. Welcome + Introductions
The meeting was called to order at 10:10am by Gretchen Kaser.

2. Overview of Charges
Biannual should read semi annual for New Director's Breakfast (twice per year)

3. Supervisory Training Recap
Discussion about planning a schedule of 8 shorter days vs. 4 long days. There are pros and cons to both types of learning structures. Perhaps a mix of full and half-day sessions in a future cohort. Very positive feedback on content covered. We very much liked working with Bergen Community College.

Susan Kumar mentioned her staff member felt that the readings may not have been relevant in certain instances. She also made the suggestion of cohort group work via google group in between sessions and once the series ends. At this point Joseph can make a google group for the participants so they can stay connected now that the session has ended. The group will self moderate, no one from LAMP will be included.

Ellen mentioned that the sending Directors should received a copy of the syllabus in advance. Allison is thinking that there can be a a slot built in for the directors to attend a portion of the last class.

There was split consensus on the instructor not being a librarian although there were library examples used during the course.

Can/should customer service aspect be included?

Six applicants did not get in composed of 4 not chosen and 2 were waitlisted. One participants paid on their own to attend. 

Susan made mention that we should consider offering this even if BCCLS cannot subsidize the program, that we still consider offering it more regularly at a higher cost to sending libraries. Directors can be surveyed using a survey from a previous time period that Allison had distributed.

4. New Business

  • LAMP Breakfast dates/topics.locations need to be set. The following was chosen:Personnel (Sick Leave, Minimum Wage) - 5/1 Tenafly @ 10am
    Budgeting - 7/24 @ Glen Rock 10am
    Open Topic - 10/11 @ Bergenfield 10am

  • New Professional's Breakfast 6/7 @ Dumont 10am Speakers to include; past scholarship winners (Paul? Kristen?), BCCLS Executive Director, BCCLS President and some LAMP committee members (Julie & Gretchen & Catherine). Ask Matt Latham as well. Try to include work/life balance and being a non-director for your career is not unusual.

  • New Directors' Orientation 4/18 @ 10am BCCLS Office
    Let's consider updating the hand-outs for the second session this year - perhaps an info-graphic style would be good keeping the same content. 
    Speakers (consider ice breaker & Q/A) will include Dave, Kurt, Gretchen, Stephanie, Ellen. The following libraries (Director + Mentor) would be invited if eligible: Elmwood Park, Englewood, Hackensack, Leonia, Northvale, Norwood, Teaneck. The second session will held 12/5 @ 10am (Snow Date 12/6) BCCLS Office

  • Workshops: HR/Legal Issues (Free presentation, question driven given to speaker in advance via survey), reach out to HASH for a late October date. TBD Purchasing Guidelines/P-Cards for early 2020. Going to get a quote.
  • LAMP Meetings
    The meetings will follow the scheduled LAMP breakfasts (see above)

5. Old Business

6. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 11:58am


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