Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees

of the Bernards Township Library

April 25, 2012




President Tim Opremcak called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. in the Bernards Township Library Lower Level Conference Room.



In accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Law of 1975, notice of the meeting was posted on the bulletin board in the Reception Hall of the Municipal Building, Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge and the Bernards Township Library Public Notices bulletin board; was mailed to The Bernardsville News, Bernardsville; was filed with the Township Clerk; and was posted on both the Township’s website and the Library’s website.


3.     ROLL CALL

Present:  Lois Bloom, Mary Jane McNally, Tim Opremcak, Erica Studness and Leslie Workman

Absent:  Rima Khalil, Kippy Piedici, Jonathan Vidler and Scott Spitzer

Also Present:  Ruth Lufkin and Ed Gould



President Tim Opremcak welcomed Ed Gould, President of the Friends of the Library.



MOTION 12-10 was made by Leslie Workman and seconded by Lois Bloom to approve the minutes of the February 29, 2012 meeting as amended.  The motion carried unanimously.



No report.



·         Ruth reported that a new picture of the Board is on the Township website.

·         Julie Betlejewski is resigning from the Circulation Department.

·         The annual State Report was filed on time.

·         Leisure Learning has 167 Bernards Township residents and 205 non-residents.  Both concerts and lunch attendance are up.

·         Ryan McCloskey installed a wireless printer in the YA area.

·         Ryan also installed two new barcode scanners that can read from smartphones—one at each circulation desk.

·         The bathrooms have a few problems to be addressed including the lighting fixture over the mirror and faulty latches on bathroom stalls. 

·         Ruth shared information about the Library Strategic Planning process at the April Township Department Heads’ meeting. 

·         Ruth and Leslie Workman attended the Somerset County Library Strategic Planning meeting on April 19.  The issues and strategies raised echoed the ones we have identified in our planning sessions.

·         The MUF dinner is Wednesday, May 2, 2012.  Ruth Lufkin, Mary Jane McNally, Kippy Piedici, and Leslie Workman will attend.

·         The Friends of the Library will meet Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

·         Ruth will attend the Somerset County library directors’ breakfast Monday, May 7. 

·         The AAUW dinner meeting is Tuesday, May 8, 2012.  Ruth will attend and accept a donation of $3,500, the Library’s share of the AAUW’s annual book sale proceeds.

·         Plans for the Staff Development Morning on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 are coming together well.  The Library will open at 1pm that day.

·         Ruth will attend Keeping the Vision While Keeping the Lights On, a discussion on funding issues and sustainability conducted by Joan Frye Williams and George Needham on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  Ed Gould and Connie Smythe of the Friends will also attend. 

·         The Friends will have a display at Charter Day, Saturday, May 19, 2012.



A.    Treasurer/Finance—Lois Bloom

The budget for the year is in.


B.    Advocacy—Leslie Workman

National Library Legislative Day is April 24, 2012.  Leslie disseminated information from ALA regarding legislative issues of interest to libraries. 


C.    Friends of the Library Liaison—

Included in the Director’s Report


D.   Land and Building—Jonathan Vidler

Included in the Director’s Report


E.   Legislation—Mary Jane McNally

Included in the Advocacy Committee Report.


F.   Personnel—Tim Opremcak

Included in the Director’s Report


G.   Policy—Kippy Piedici

No report


H.  Strategic Plan—Erica Studness, Tim Opremcak

Nancy Davis of The Ivy Group has prepared a draft report that the Strategic Planning Committee will review on May 15, 2012.


I.    Technology—Mary Jane McNally

Included in Director’s Report


J.    Township Committee Liaison—Scott Spitzer

No report



There was no old business. 



MOTION 12-11 was made by Tim Opremcak and seconded by Mary Jane McNally to adopt the Township of Bernards Employee Handbook of Personnel Policies and Procedures as the employee handbook for all library employees.  The motion passed unanimously. 



·         MOTION 12-12 was made by Lois Bloom and seconded by Erica Studness to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

·         The next meeting of the Bernards Township Library Board of Trustees will be 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Library.