Meeting: Dubois County Contractual Library

The Dubois County Contractual Library Board met Thursday and:

• Held a hearing on the 2020 budget. There were no public comments. The Department of Local Government Finance approved a budget of $1,354,572 for the library system, which includes the Birdseye, Dubois and Ferdinand branches. The budget includes an 8% increase in the annual stipend full-time employees receive.

• Heard that the library is applying for the Regional Opportunities Initiatives Ready Communities Implementation grant to expand library services outside the brick-and-mortar buildings.

• Approved tuition reimbursement for two library science courses employee Jasmine Vonderheide is taking this semester.

• Heard a presentation on video marketing that the library is conducting on social media.

• Heard that the Dubois Branch replaced several Windows 7 computers with Windows 10 machines. Similar upgrades are planned for the Ferdinand Branch.

• Heard that the library is going to offer patrons access to the entire database after the popularity of The Herald’s archive on the site. The access will cost $1,200 per year.

• Heard that Board President Kathy Tretter won the Indiana Library Federation’s Trustee of the Year award. She will receive the award at a banquet in Indianapolis in November.

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