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Notes from the library board meeting on Feb. 15

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on February 16, 2011

The board is pleased to announce that, in keeping with its interest in recording and maintaining Seldovian historical archives, the library will be assuming responsibility for the Seldovia memorial plaques currently on display in the Seldovia Medical Clinic. These memorials, formerly maintained by the now-disbanded Hospital Guild, are to remain in place in the clinic so long as it is operated by the Reynolds. Upon their retirement, the memorials will be moved to the library facility where they can remain on display to the public. Dianne Gruber, who brought this project proposal to the board at last night’s meeting, has volunteered to carry out fundraising activities and assume responsibility for updating the memorials with those funds, which will be earmarked and used solely for that purpose. She plans to launch fundraising for the twelve new additions presently pending at a bake sale scheduled for 12:30 pm this Saturday on the landing outside the library.

After consideration of the many library collection items presently unavailable or lost due to the failure of some of our patrons to return them in a timely fashion, the board has put a new overdue policy into effect: all patron accounts with items more than three months overdue will be suspended until such time as either the items are returned or they are paid for. The details of this policy and an ongoing effort to update our patron accounts will be the topic of another informational post here on our website and be publicized in other outlets. The board was unanimous in their consensus that this is their policy and that they have directed all library volunteers to be consistent in its application.

Finally, Shirly Giles, in an update on the ongoing Seldovia Woman’s Club Historical Archives Project, read to the board material she’d discovered in those archives describing how the library itself was initially founded as a project of the Club in 1935. She is organizing and sorting a multitude of documents as well as pursuing contacts with other community members who hold Woman’s Club items, with the eventual goals of preserving the archives, making them available to the public, and ultimately providing a digitized version for access by researchers.

For questions on these board actions or any other items that were on the meeting agenda, please contact the library board secretary at seldovia.library@gmail.com.

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