January 2018 Director's Report

 Director’s Report

Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

5:30 PM

Dear Trustees,

            I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. The library has been a bit slow as it usually is during the month of December. We have many new programs lined up for January, and I am very excited about the innovation and creative thinking being done by our librarians. Some programs of note are listed below:

The Everlasting Light of Korea

Saturday, January 27th, 1:00-3:00pm

Join the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project to learn more about the rich history and culture of Korea. Come watch a documentary about King Sejong the Great, see a re-enactment of a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, and enjoy some free Korean cuisine! Please register in advance.

Free Immigration Consultations/Konsiltasyons Imigrasyon Gratis

Are you an immigrant who is concerned about your status? Meet with attorney Cassie Ramos for a free and confidential consultation to learn more about your options, your rights, and the resources that may be available to you. To get the most out of your consultation, please bring any documents you have received from or sent to the government with you. Please note: This program is provided by a third-party, not by the Town of Randolph. This program does not constitute legal advice by the Town of Randolph.

In addition to our regular programs, we are having Haitian/English Bilingual Story Times, Teen Zombie Prep Class (Survival Skills), and Children’s Clay Sculpture Class.

As part of the management team’s goals this year, I had everyone take a personality test through Color Code. The purpose of this was to gain insight into managing the librarians to the best of my ability by playing to the things that motivate them. It has also given them the tools to work together more effectively and has promoted self-awareness. I have invited the part-time staff to take the test if they would like to as well.

On the technology front, we continue to make baby steps towards a seamless system. We had a bank of four computers wired in to our network to help speed up our wireless connections.

I have finished my tours of the school libraries that responded to my emails. In a nutshell, I would not list one as a high functioning library. While the employees or volunteers who work the libraries try very hard, there is no budget to keep the collections up to date, catalog items, or to properly train the teacher acting as the librarian. It seems that some of the schools have an Integrated Library System, and some do not. Most schools have a social studies teacher who also organizes the library. Our first step is to implement a pilot program at the Lyons School.  Meghan Malone is working with the instructional coach at the Lyons School, Shalem Livingston. Our goal is to help set up their ILS, and to give them a deposit collection. This deposit collection would be cart or two of books, that will be checked out to the Lyons School. This collection would be changed monthly or bimonthly. They have their own way of checking books out to students (written in a binder) that they could use to track the books. It is my hope that we will start with one school, iron out any wrinkles, and move forward from there to assist the other schools that responded. 

Thanks to Elizabeth, my transition back to work was very easy. I hope to see everyone on January 9th at 5:30.

Thank you,

Meaghan James

Library Director

Submitted: 1/5/2018