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2019.03.21 DUP Minutes



March 21, 2019

Closter Public Library

Present: Lisa Hoffman (co-chair, BLOO), Sara Rimassa (co-chair, FTLE), Kirsten Fagerlund (BCCLS), Oman Khan (RFPK), Deborah Leary (CLTR), Kim Livingston (CRES), Kristin Nelson (FAVW), Katie Piano (PALP), Jose Romero (WORA)

Regrets: Kevin Cosenza(HTHN), Sherri Kendrick (CLPK)

Meeting was called to order at 10:03 am

Sara welcomed the committee and asked each member to introduce themselves with their name, library, and interest in the committee


Attendance is important, but the co-chairs understand that life happens. They ask that members email them as soon as possible if they will be unable to attend a meeting.

If you volunteer for a task, but find you really cannot accomplish it, please reach out to the co-chairs. This shouldn’t be a chore or create extra deadlines in your already busy work schedule.

If you volunteer your library for a meeting, please be sure that you have adequate parking for the committee. There are 10 members of the committee (plus the BCCLS representative).

We discussed future meeting dates, and set the date of the next meeting for April 26 from 10am to 12 noon at the (new) BCCLS office.  Deborah will set up a doodle poll to determine the best day/time of the week for future meetings.

Defining Goals

Last year we did monthly small blasts and one big event. It was decided that our small blasts would be resource guides. Katie said that a big issue at PALP is school registration especially for a portion of their population who are scared of authority.

It was decided that we would do a school supplies drive at events, and that one of our resource guides would be for new Americans – including immigration information – and that we partner with WLTF to provide the resource in various languages.

Sara was asked what had happened with the books we collected to donate to Northern State Prison. She said that something had changed, and she was not longer allowed to bring anything to the prison. She didn’t know what had happened. We will wait to see if anything changes back.

Possible Future Projects:

  • Resources/program for new Americans

  • Staff/patron issues in dealing with developmentally disabled patrons

    • Sensory story time/sensory garden

    • Resources/training for library staff

    • Outreach to special ed teachers

    • Tech accessibility

    • Dyslexic fonts

    • Clearer websites

    • Libby allows for changes of fonts and colors (unlike RB digital)

    • Userway.org – plugins for accessibility

    • Poster my wall

We decided to do an Accessibility Event on Thursday November 7 from 10am to 1 pm

Our First Resource Guide will be Accessible Tech done by Kim sometime in April

Sara & Katie will do one on New Americans sometime in June.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:55am


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