Meeting started: 9:05am
Lucinda Hall, Barb Bushor, Art Hanchett, Goodie Corriveau, Phyllis Gilbert, Barb Krieger, Eric Alstrom, Miguel Valladares, Joyce Thurston
“Beam me up” program comments
- In the first meeting people were very comfortable talking.
- Comments were made regarding worries about the administration’s direction.
- The stress management portion of the workshop was helpful, but people feel many of the problems are exterior to the staff.
- Many of the questions may have put the presenters in an awkward position.
- Jim Platt said that we can work with him to facilitate an “open forum” where the library staff can discuss their concerns with the administration.
The DCLSA will plan a future “open forum” for the staff to voice their concerns with the planned outcome of formulating a document to be presented to the library administration. (all in favor)
- Talk to the library administration about time and compensation for the meeting (re: freeing up man-hours). (Miguel will talk to John Crane and will allow anyone else to attend that would like).
- Meet with Jim Platt to plan the meetings.
- Have 2 meetings for staff discussion.
- Meetings open to all members of the library staff.
- Jim Platt will act as a moderator to prevent the meeting going in a constructive direction.
- NOTE: Jim Platt does not want to be involved in any kind of discussions involving unionization of the library.
- We would like to come up with a concrete list of concerns that we can present to the administration.
- In a DCLSA meeting along with Jim Platt we will formulate our points into a unified constructive document.
- At the DCLSA spring meeting we will present out points to the staff for validation at the meeting.
- The DCLSA will work as a “voice” to interface with the administration.
- We feel confident that the administration will listen.
- - - Behaviors may not change, but we will at least give the administration a chance to hear our concerns and hopefully the administration will reply to our concerns.
- We want the list to be constructive since direct confrontation will only meet resistance.
- We need nominations for elections to be held at the spring meeting (Art will handle).
- A preservation “round table” has re-formed.
- Should the DCLSA be involved in putting groups together?
Staff training and development
- The group was ended and no one has taken over the library orientation sessions.
- Susan Fliss handles education programs and perhaps could be the facilitator for orientation and education sessions.
- John Crane is the person we should talk to about library orientations sessions. (Sean Padgett will e-mail him when John returns from vacation)
- The staff would like to understand the management style that the administration uses so that they can figure out where the fit in it.
- Library town meetings: They are not actually town meetings.
- There is no give and take during the meetings, they are more lecture oriented.
- During the town meetings people are not dealt with gently when they ask questions, they are cross examined for clarification.
- People are not used to such an aggressive style of replies to questioning.
Meeting ended: 10:00