Library will soon have a dedicated young adult librarian--the Westchester
Public Library’s Board of Trustees approved Library Director Lisa Stamm’s
creation of the position at its meeting Thursday.
Stamm said strong
libraries commonly dedicate a professional position to designing and
implementing programs for tweens (ages eight to 12) and teens (ages 13 to
18). The new librarian will be responsible for tween and teen programs at
both branches, youth outreach, creating and managing a teen volunteer group,
and collection development for young adult materials.
Stamm said the
Thomas Reference Librarian, Thomas Branch Manager, and Hageman Branch
Manager currently split these duties, which is unfair to them and means WPL
isn’t putting its best foot forward for tween and teen patrons.
The ideal candidate
will have a Master of Library Science degree (MLS) and relate well with
those age groups. Stamm and Board members agreed tweens and teens are tough
groups to attract to the library. “The tweens don’t want to hang out with
the kids because they’re too old, but the teens don’t want to hang out with
them, so they’re looking for those dedicated programs,” Stamm said.
The position will
have a negotiable starting salary of $36,000, and cost an estimated
additional $15,183 per year for health and life insurance and contributions
to a health savings account and the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF).
The current budget sustains those costs, as WPL has budgeted for a vacant IT
Manager position. Stamm doesn’t plan to hire an IT Manager next year but
isn’t eliminating the position, either.
cardholders can again stop in at either branch to pick up a free “We Love
Our Library” yard sign while supplies last. Stamm reported she ordered 400
more signs after the first 250 went quickly back in March. The signs, which
denote support for local libraries as the State Legislature considers new
library-relevant laws, cost a total of $1,800, paid from the advertising
WPL received a
memorial donation of $250 from Barbara McLemore in honor of her husband Jim
McLemore, who used to frequent the Library, and especially loved the A/V
department. Stamm said Jim has been missed around WPL, and staff recall him
as “wonderful and sweet.”
WPL’s first ever
staff in-service day Sept. 27 was reportedly received well by employees.
Employees can sign-up for Hoosier S.T.A.R.T. this month, and Hoosier
S.T.A.R.T. representative Todd Williams will be available to help interested
employees, according to Stamm. Stamm also reported she plans to have WPL’s
new online calendar and room reservation software go live by the end of
October. Replacement of the Baugher Center patio and Thomas Branch staff
doors is in the works since the Department of Local Government Finance
green-lit WPL’s additional appropriation from its reserve funds.
27,976 people visited the Library. 1,253 people attended 65 programs, and
381 people used meeting rooms.