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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for August

Introduction

I am happy with the New City Library staff.  The community of New City cardholders is especially blessed with the library workers who comprise the staff.  The late Father Timothy S. Healy, a Jesuit priest who was President of The New York Public Library, made a remark that applies in no uncertain terms to the people who work in the New City Library.  He said that the most valuable resource among all of the riches of The Library disappeared at the close of business each day, the staff of The New York Public Library.

There are great collections of books, AV materials, recordings, and other library materials that in total make the New City Library a terrific library.  But as with NYPL, when the day is over, your library's greatest resource, the staff of the New City Library, goes home.

Having worked with them for close to three months as of this writing, I am proud to be associated with this group of people who are committed to excellence and service to the library's patrons, and doing their jobs as best they can. 

100 Summer Reading Books in Your Hand

Summer is full of trips and plans making it tough to get those assigned summer reading books read. Especially when they have to be packed into suitcases!  Now the library offers another option. Take out one of our summer reading e-readers loaded with over one hundred books for grades seven through twelve. The readers can be taken out for two weeks (not renewable or reservable), perfect for a trip without bulky books or even a brief sleep away camp stint. Click here to see the entire catalog of available titles or stop by the reference desk.  (E-readers must be checked out to an adult over the age of 18.)  

Mitch Freedman appointed director

At the monthly meeting of the library trustees on July 18, the board voted to approve Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman's contract, which names him as director of the New City Library through December of 2014.

Freedman was appointed as interim director in May.

He retired from the Westchester Library System in 2005, after serving as its director for 23 years. He was president of the American Library Association and has spoken or consulted in close to 30 countries. Prior to coming to New City, Freedman served as the interim director for the Purchase Free and Nyack libraries.

Too hot to travel with the kids?

Then come to your air-conditioned library and look through our children's book stacks for foreign-language or bi-lingual picture books, grab a travelling with kids guidebook, an appropriate cookbook and have an imaginary trip!  How else can you be in China for breakfast, Italy for lunch, and Puerto Rico for dinner?  Throughout our non-fiction stacks you will find books on celebrations in different countries and regions of the USA, cooking, geography, language, crafts.....well, you get the idea!  So don't worry about packing the car, booking plane tickets and hotels - travel the world in the children's library!

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for July

Summary statement

It was a good month.  I continue to enjoy working at the New City Library.  The staff have been wonderful partners who do their utmost to serve the patrons of the Library.  There have been speed bumps here and there, but overall I still enjoy the opportunity to work with the staff and the Board to maintain and improve the quality of library collections, services, and facilities.  I have been especially happy to enjoy the benefits of staff cooperation and board support.

I identified a number of areas that needed to be addressed.  Not surprisingly they cannot all be addressed at once.  Following is a progress report plus anything new that has come up.

Click here to read the full report.

Better Than Google

One of the best things about having long-standing employment is that you don't feel the need to update your resume.  Well, since you never know when opportunity will come knocking, or whether you will be out of work tomorrow, it is a good idea to have an current resume.  No one likes the chore of creating or updating a resume, but the library has a powerful tool that takes the writing out of writing a resume.  That tool is Cypress Resumes. As they say on their site, with Cypress Resumes, there is no need to compose anything, ever.

The Midnight Hour

The library is closed for the day and you realize you forgot to return your books and DVD's that are due.  You're looking at those 'late' items wondering what options there are to avoid late charges.  You can return your material in the parking lot book drops before we open for the next business day to take advantage of our grace period.  The first book drop of the day uses the previous day's date.  You will not incur a fine for material due the day before.  Most items can go in the drop, only museum passes and Nooks need to be returned at the Circulation desk.  Renewing online is another option.  The system renews items by date, so all material due that day can be renewed before 11:59pm without a late fee.  If you wait until the midnight hour, 12am, a fine is generated.  Choose the option that best fits your schedule. 

 

Summer Reading Club

Come on in and pick up your Summer Reading Club packet at the children's desk and get started!  Book reporting starts July 1.  There will be weekly prizes, special programs, and an army of ants before we finish up August 23.  All children in the New City Library district ages 2 & up can join.  Let's get reading!

Dear New City Library Cardholders,

I thought it would be good to share with you some of my observations about the New City Library and its staff.  Following is my first Director's Report as Interim Director to the Board of Trustees of the New City Library; it addresses these topics. 

I welcome your comments, suggestions, and concerns on what follows or on any other library matter of interest to you.

Maurice J. Freedman, MLS, PhD
Interim Director, New City Library
mfreedman@rcls.org
845-634-4997   x 111

                                                                                

Click Here for the Full Report

 

Better Than Google

You may have noticed that our magazine and database listing looks quite different.  It has now been put on a libguide (a customized guide created with specialized software) featuring our magazines, databases, and web sites that wll enhance your research experience. It was created by the Ramapo Catskill Library System and handed off to each library to maintain. What does this mean for you?  Since we no longer have to go through a third party (over-worked Jerry at RCLS), changes can be implemented, and problems can be solved much more quickly.

In addition, not only are our subscriptions listed, but Jerry had added some great websites as well, such as Census 2010 Local Data, NADA and Kelley Blue Book car price guides and other helpful aids. An added bonus is that our databases are getting used more often! It is convenient to have all our offerings on one page, and the subject headings will take you right to your area of interest. It really is better (and more reliable) than Google.

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