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Library head calls for funds for small raises for employees

SoVaNow.com / January 16, 2014
Halifax County library board members met with their new director Jay Stephens on Tuesday afternoon during which time they approved his request to County Finance Director Stephanie Jackson for funds for the coming year’s budget.

Reviewing some statistics of the work done by the libraries, Stephens wrote “over 116,000 items were borrowed from our libraries in FY 2012/13 while 3,601 people attended library programs and 113,201 people visited the libraries. The library has done an excellent job keeping up with advancements in information technology, as evidenced by the 101,409 visits to the library’s web site, the 27,582 internet sessions on library computers and the 47,683 searches performed on the library’s online catalog.”

Noting that the county’s support to the library allows it to continue to operate as an effective component of education, workforce development and recreation to the community, Stephens provided two options for the County’s financial support.

The first option seeks $220,300 which is the same amount it received in 2010-2011 and which would allow it to improve collections, increase programming opportunities and to return to full-time status staff that are now part-time but were previously full-time. It would also allow library employees a two percent raise which other county employees got during the past year, but library employees did not get.

His second option request was for $192,000 which would allow the library to improve its collections and increase programming opportunities. (Last year the library system received $175,000 from the County.)

In other business Stephens distributed a draft collection development policy which, when approved, will be used in the selection and maintenance of the library’s materials.

He also gave trustees draft proposals for a Code of Behavior as well as for the public use of the library telephones and unattended children, asking that they review the proposals over the next several weeks and contact him with any concerns.

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