Public Library has hired a new manager in the Children’s Department--Library
Director Lisa Stamm reported at the WPL Board of Trustees meeting Thursday.
Stamm said Jessica
Bartz, who received her Master of Library Science degree from Dominican
University in River Forest, Ill., started in mid-November and has since been
acclimating to the Library well. Bartz has previously worked as a children’s
librarian, branch services librarian, and collection development librarian.
“She brings a lot
of energy and a good sense of humor to WPL, and we are glad to welcome her
aboard,” Stamm said. Stamm also hinted that Bartz could bring some
interesting changes to WPL programs due to her background in Theater, which
was the subject of her undergraduate degree.
“She also enjoys
doing and teaching improv, and we just might see some of that show up in
programs at the library,” said Stamm.
At the Board’s
request, Stamm said she will invite Bartz to the January meeting.
In other staffing
news, Stamm reported that staff performance evaluations were done in
November. Stamm created a new evaluation form and procedure based on
examples from other libraries and received positive feedback on the new
process from managers. Over all, Stamm said she was impressed with “staff’s
attentiveness to performance and friendly and helpful public service” after
The Library closed
for a technology update Dec. 3 as its Integrated Library System (ILS), which
includes the internal automation system and the catalog for looking up and
checking out materials, was moved from being hosted in-house to being hosted
by Polaris, which developed the ILS.
Stamm reported the
migration went smoothly with little interruption to staff and patrons, and
the new system will benefit both staff and patrons as well. “As a result of
the migration and upgrade, we now use a current, more secure, and more
robust automation system and catalog,” Stamm said.
Stamm reported she
met with Anton Insurance and opted to follow their recommendation to stay
with the Library’s current health insurance carrier, Anthem, for 2019. The
2019 monthly premium increased 9.14 percent from $10,676.68 to $11,652.14.
The Library insures 16 employees, paying the full premium for its insured
individuals and paying 70 percent of the premium for employees who have
Stamm’s report, 26,362 people visited the Library in November. WPL hosted
107 programs that had a total attendance of 1,551, and 392 people used
Library meeting rooms.