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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for March

 1. AV Project

The AV Project is hitting on all cylinders.  The distressed carpet areas in the reference area have been addressed by putting matching replacement tiles in the place of the tiles that were not replaced when new carpeting was laid on the 1st floor a few years ago. 

Almost all of the furniture has been received by the Children’s Department.  Unfortunately some of it will have to be replaced because it was damaged in transit.  All of the children’s DVDs and CDs have been reprocessed for selection and circulation from Children’s Department shelving.

The new shelving for the DVDs and CDs in the adult services area is due for delivery and installation by the time of the Board meeting.  

The electrician has installed the Ethernet cable in the circulation area.  This means that the self-checkout machine will be able to connect to the circulation system.  Once the installation of the machine is complete the connection will permit the self-checkout of all items from the new terminal.

The single-most labor intensive area has been moving along at a good clip thanks to everyone who is involved working assiduously at getting the adult DVDs, CDs, and games converted to the patron accessibility—sans browser cards.  At present, 8,745 have been processed out of a total of 18,453 discs to be converted.  It is a time-consuming process that probably will take two or more months.  The staff is making fine progress and everyone associated with the conversion process is to be commended.


II. Timeline for the Project

With virtually all of the orders having been placed and most of the furniture and shelving received or scheduled to be received shortly, the construction and electrical work on the lower level will require the most amount of time for completion.  The target range for its completion is between May 15 and June 1.  The children’s department work should be completed well before that date.

Once all of the above is completed, the sections of shelving will be removed from the meeting room and moved to their respective locations. 

It seems reasonable that all of the purchase orders will be issued well before June 30, and that all of the bills will be paid well before July 31, the two absolute deadlines for the AV grant.  As stated in I., above, it is likely that the only work remaining will be the conversion of the DVDs, CDs, and games to the new circulation format. 

III. Long Range Plan

Two Appendices will be presented to the board: (1) Draft Request for Proposals for a Long Range Plan; and (2) Suggested List of Consultants to whom it should be sent.

IV. Meet and Greet for Trustees and Staff – March 28

This is just a reminder that the 1st quarter staff meeting will be used as a meet and greet for the Board.  It’s for 9:30am, March 28th.   Please see Barbara Dubois if you haven’t yet paid your $10.

V. ALA Annual Conference

I plan to go to the ALA Annual Convention in Las Vegas NV, June 26 – June 30.  As in VIII.A. below, I will be getting an award at the conference.  I also plan to go to the exhibits to see what is being offered in the way of technology and services to public libraries.  I plan to attend one or more programs that will be especially relevant, and networking with colleagues to find out what is going on elsewhere and who is doing what.

Overall attendance including air fare, hotel, meals, and incidentals should not exceed $2,000.

VI. Personnel

There are no personnel recommendations to be discussed as part of this report.


VIII. Personal

 A.      Joseph W. Lippincott Award

Following is a copy of the announcement from the American Library Association that I am the winner of the Joseph W. Lippincott Award.   The Lippincott Award is “presented annually to a librarian for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship, such service to include outstanding participation in the activities of the professional library association, notable published professional writing, or other significant activity on behalf of the profession and its aims.”

American Library Association


Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman receives the 2014 Joseph W. Lippincott Award

CHICAGO — Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman is the winner of the 2014 Joseph W Lippincott Award, which honors distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.  This annual award is sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association.

“The jury for the 2014 Joseph W. Lippincott Award is delighted to honor Dr. Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman,” said Lippincott Chair Patricia Glass Schuman.  "Mitch is an outspoken and visionary leader and a tireless advocate for better salaries and pay equity for all library workers, and for the humanistic application of technology in libraries. His contributions have had profound and lasting impact on who we are, what we do, our values, and what our work is worth. He has literally changed the way librarians talk about our libraries and our profession.”

Among the many achievements cited by those who wrote in support of the nomination is his visionary leadership.  Freedman’s tireless advocacy for socially responsible cataloging and library technologies and processes has had a profound impact on our profession, nationally and internationally.  He has been chosen as consultant and speaker for the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Information Service and other auspices in close to 30 countries on five continents.   For example, he led a team to design a resource sharing and online information network for the eight largest research libraries in Latvia.  In addition the report he wrote for the Pusan (Korea) National University Library is considered “legendary” at the university’s library school and is required reading for the school’s library management course.

Freedman’s ardent advocacy for those who work in libraries has had world-wide impact. Before his sharp focus on salary issues, many in our association viewed discussions about improving compensation for librarians and library workers as self-serving. His intense concentration on this issue resulted in tools, training and advocacy programs that have helped to make the conversation about fair pay and improved status for library workers acceptable — and welcome.  In fact, the establishment of the APA (Allied Professional Association) followed his presidency.

Freedman is a prolific author and has been an in-demand speaker for decades on topics including cataloging, information technology, salaries and jazz CDs.  His career included important management positions at the Library of Congress, Information Dynamics Corp., the Hennepin County (Minn.) Library, The New York Public Library as well as the Westchester Library System and currently the New City (N.Y.) Library.  He has taught in the library and information science programs of Columbia University, Pratt Institute and Rutgers University and lectured at numerous library schools in the U.S. and internationally.

In addition to chair Schuman, retired President of Neal-Schuman Publishers and ALA past-President (1991-92),  the members of the 2014 Joseph W. Lippincott Award jury are: Karen Downing, University of Michigan; Nancy Bolt, Nancy Bolt and Associates; Joseph Eagan, Montgomery County Library; and Amy Roberson, Trinity University.


B.      U.S. State Department Invitation

The U.S. State Department has invited me to deliver a series of presentations and provide consultation to public librarians in Moscow and to academic librarians in Moscow, Yekaterinburg (Ural Federal University), Kyshtym (Kyshtym Central Public Library), and Perm (Gorky Regional University Library), Russia.  I plan to take vacation time for the period I will be gone, May 27 – June 6. 

The program follows:

Dr. Maurice J. Freedman, www.mjfreedman.org, Past ALA President (2002-2003), consultant for many leading US universities and companies, has agreed to visit Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Perm with a program of lectures during May 30 - June 6, 2014.

Suggested topics of lectures:


  • Public Libraries in the digital environment and the challenges of the modern society
  • The Yale University - Barnard College of Columbia University models for Personal Librarian Program. 
  • Research guidance and assistance by librarians for students and faculty in academic and university libraries.
  • Information support of continuing education by means of libraries and research information centers.


Respectfully submitted,


Mitch Freedman, Director

New City Library

March 14, 2014

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