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Library has new children's department manager

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The Westchester 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.

Librarian’s Report

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 evaluations.

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 family benefits.

According to 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.


Posted 12/17/2018




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