Public library preps for goal-setting sessions, approves changes to grant application

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Long-range planning for Marshall Public Library is a subject library board members hope the public will assist with.

During a meeting held Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, board members agreed to set up a committee with the intention of designing an approach for the planning process. Although board members were selected to spearhead the process, they will primarily determine dates for planning meetings as well as create a path for promoting the events.

Long-range planning would incorporate multiple aspects of MPL, including technology, which was briefly discussed Tuesday.

In a past meeting, board members agreed to move forward with a Library Services and Technology grant in order to replace the server as well as purchase several new printers and a bar code scanner. If approved, the grant would require a 25 percent match from MPL.

After only one bid was received for the proposed equipment, the library's cost could increase from $3,525 to $3,700. Board members agreed continue the application process.

Other business discussed included researching the "Geek the Library" campaign, supported in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Participation in the marketing and library advocacy program could come at no cost should MPL register by June of this year. Board members plan to discuss the program in February.

Additionally, the board agreed not to proceed with considering the development of a county library. MPL also purchased several exterior signs for program promotions as well as a doorbell.

The next regular meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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