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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for February

1. AV Project

As the June 30, 2014 deadline looms larger and larger, a great amount of work is being accomplished that should bring us to that goal in a timely manner.  The goal of the AV Grant was to make the library’s DVD, CD, and game discs directly available to the public.  It seems simple enough, but to get the results that would be best for the library patrons, a great effort is required.  I am pleased to report that Marianne Silver, Janet Makoujy, Gail Seidenfrau, and Susan Telesca have all pitched in, and have done and continue to do an excellent job of moving the project forward.

Once completed, the changes made will be immediately obvious to anyone who crosses the library threshold, starting with the lobby (area by the circulation desk), the children’s department, and the even greater changes made to the Lower Level and 1st Floor areas of the Adult Services Department. 

The two project areas will be discussed separately, and will be followed by a few specific items related to the project:

 

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for January

1.      New Board & Reception

I want to welcome the three new additions to the Board, Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg.  I would like to plan a reception for the staff to meet the entire Board at its quarterly staff meeting for the first quarter of 2014.  I recommend Friday morning, January 31, at 9:30am.  The Library doesn’t open until 11:00am on Fridays, which is why that is the best time to meet the staff and interact informally with them

I also wish the very best to Jeffrey Greenberg, Matthew Mulrooney, and Thomas Ninan, the three retiring Board members.

I’m especially grateful to the full 2013 Board for hiring me and for their support.  I will continue to do the best job I can in 2014 and look forward to working with the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees of the New City Library.

 2.      Parish Report and Physical Plant

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for December

I. General Comments

I congratulate Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg on their election to the New City Library Board of Trustees.  The huge voter turnout reflects the community’s deep interest in the Library.

On behalf of the administration and the staff I will do my utmost to welcome them and be as responsive as possible to their—and the other trustees’—concerns.  

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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for November

There is much to report—some completions, some successes, and some plans in the offing.

 1.      Completed Projects Approved by the Board:

It’s a pleasure to report that several projects have been completed.

1.1. Audio – Video System:  A few minor odds and ends remain but everything of major significance is done.  The sound system installed is controlled from a device in the control room and also as an application on the library’s meeting room iPad.  The video projector is outstanding.  Even with ambient light, the image is displayed so brightly that the movies approach theater-like quality in terms of brightness and resolution.  The proof is in the audience’s enjoyment of the movie programs presented since the system was installed in October.

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Director’s Film Series Extended

Thanks to everyone who filled out an index card with your comments after the last film program, on November 7.  There were about 50 responses.  We offer a special thanks to all who expressed how grateful they were for the film series and the movies shown (almost every response); and for the positive comments about the library director.  This feedback will help ensure that the film series will continue into the new year.

 Two comments came up multiple times. The first was a request to show captions or subtitles with the movies. With Adam Resurrected it was hard to understand everything that was said.  We’ll definitely show the subtitles if there are accents and speech that are not readily discernible.  We can discuss as a group whether you would like to have subtitles/captions for all films.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for October

The October 2013 New City Library Board Meeting marks the 6th month of my employment.

I am happy that the Board of Trustees has come together to approve unanimously all of the library-beneficial projects that have been placed before them.  They have recognized consistently that what is best for the library is worthy of their support. 

I will offer a few general statements and then review where the library stands on the initiatives that have been proposed and approved for implementation.

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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for September

In September New City Library returns to regularly scheduled library hours of service to the public.  (Once the new system is installed we know that this should be the last time it will be a challenge to change the telephone message from summer hours to winter hours.)  We are pleased that the Library will be offering continuing and new programs that we trust will be well-received and successful.  The Fall 2013 issue of Fine Print, Newsletter of the New City Library was published on the web site, and many copies are available at various library locations.  Fine Print is also distributed to over 7,500 cardholders who provided their email addresses.  The Children’s print version can be found in the Children’s Department. 
 

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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for August

Introduction

I am happy with the New City Library staff.  The community of New City cardholders is especially blessed with the library workers who comprise the staff.  The late Father Timothy S. Healy, a Jesuit priest who was President of The New York Public Library, made a remark that applies in no uncertain terms to the people who work in the New City Library.  He said that the most valuable resource among all of the riches of The Library disappeared at the close of business each day, the staff of The New York Public Library.

There are great collections of books, AV materials, recordings, and other library materials that in total make the New City Library a terrific library.  But as with NYPL, when the day is over, your library's greatest resource, the staff of the New City Library, goes home.

Having worked with them for close to three months as of this writing, I am proud to be associated with this group of people who are committed to excellence and service to the library's patrons, and doing their jobs as best they can. 

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for July

Summary statement

It was a good month.  I continue to enjoy working at the New City Library.  The staff have been wonderful partners who do their utmost to serve the patrons of the Library.  There have been speed bumps here and there, but overall I still enjoy the opportunity to work with the staff and the Board to maintain and improve the quality of library collections, services, and facilities.  I have been especially happy to enjoy the benefits of staff cooperation and board support.

I identified a number of areas that needed to be addressed.  Not surprisingly they cannot all be addressed at once.  Following is a progress report plus anything new that has come up.

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Dear New City Library Cardholders,

I thought it would be good to share with you some of my observations about the New City Library and its staff.  Following is my first Director's Report as Interim Director to the Board of Trustees of the New City Library; it addresses these topics. 

I welcome your comments, suggestions, and concerns on what follows or on any other library matter of interest to you.

Maurice J. Freedman, MLS, PhD
Interim Director, New City Library
mfreedman@rcls.org
845-634-4997   x 111

                                                                                

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