2023-10-13 Executive Meeting Minutes-Draft
Meeting Agenda- Executive Committee Meeting
Date: October 13, 2023
Location: Cold Lake Public Library
Attendees: Dwayne Spicer (Vice-Chair), Larry Tiedemann (Treasurer), Barbara Smith, Maxine Fodness, Vicky Lefebvre, Leslie Cusack, Matthew McLennan, Josh Crick
Regrets: Jen Anheliger (Chair), Kelly Chamzuk
Guests: Jodi Dahlgren (LMC Chair)
Staff: James MacDonald, Terri Hampson
Land Acknowledgment - Cold Lake Public Library
We acknowledge that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.
10:07am Call to order
- Approval of the agenda
M1. Barbara Smith motions to approve of the agenda. All in favor, motion carried.
- Approval of previous minutes of August 11, 2023.
M2. Maxine Fodness motions to approve previous minutes of August 11, 2023. All in favor, motion carried.
Briefing note: Budget lines over by 10%. (Computer Server Infrastructure 6114 & Computer Software 6121) This is the result of last year's late decision to adopt Deepfreeze and is an anticipated overage. The OROS expenditures are also over by 10% and anticipated as we draw down the reserve in that area.
6616 shows a negative budget line. This is an adjustment by the auditor from 2020. We understand that a membership fee was inadvertently charged twice that year.
We are seeing the results of our budget process and we are on par of what we projected.
Still waiting on library levies from: McPherson Library (Ryley)
M3 Leslie Cusack motions to accept the financials as presented. All in favor, carried.
- Mandatory Library Trustee Training
Briefing Note: Shortgrass Library System Board recently wrote the PLSB requesting that they consider mandatory training as a requirement for trustee service. Discuss the practicalities of this and whether the Board should communicate to PLSB our thoughts in this area.
M4 Maxine Fodness motions to receive as information. All in favor, motion carried.
Action: to have the Executive Director draft a letter for review regarding the requests for changes to the library legislation. (Number of Board Members and MLIS requirements) Letter to go to the Municipal Affairs Minister, local MLA’s, and PLSB.
- December 8th meeting and holiday party
Briefing Note: The December 8th Executive meeting will be held at headquarters. We are planning a holiday party with the staff. The celebration will begin at 12pm in the Allied Arts Centre. We will enjoy a dinner with all the staff. Managers will give a brief overview of the accomplishments of their department throughout the year. We will celebrate individual staff achievements.
Board member, hotel requirements to be given to Terri for booking
M5 Josh Crick motions to receive for information. All in favor, motion carried.
- Myrnam Library Board
Briefing Note: We received the following email from the village of Myrnam on September 14th.
Good morning James,
The Village of Myrnam has been actively seeking out volunteers to form the creation of a municipal library board over the last four months. We have advertised in our monthly newsletter, our website, and the Village of Myrnam – Events and Public Notices Facebook page.
Therefore, the Village of Myrnam Council made the following motion at their Regular Council meeting this morning:
* that due to the lack of interest of persons to form a library board, and that the library operates functionally without a municipal library board, the Village will not pursue the creation of a municipal library board at this time.
Chief Administrative Officer
The NLLS Board is the board for the library service point in Myrnam. Operating service points present a number of liabilities and obligations the board should be fully aware of. This executive briefing on the NLLS service point in Myrnam outlines the issues at hand.
As some of this discussion will deal with specific personnel, an in-camera meeting will be required here.
M6 Larry Tiedemann motions to go into camera at 10:46. All in favor, motion carried.
M7 Josh Crick motions to come out of camera at 11:15. All in favor, motion carried.
M8 Maxine Fodness motions to have the Executive Director to initiate a full-service review of the Myrnam service point. All in favor, motion carried.
- Plan of Service / Implementation Plan - DRAFTS
Briefing Note: The Plan of Service for 2023-26 was developed through significant consultation with all stakeholders. This plan is a draft that has been brought forward to the LMC, and after discussion here, we hope to bring it forward to the Board in November for further comment and approval.
In conjunction with the Plan of Service, the draft 2024 Implementation Plan is now available. After discussion here, I will hold a webinar with library managers for further feedback.
M9 Matthew McLennan motions to receive as information. All in favor, motion carried.
Library Tour and Lunch
Section 3:1Q - Electronic Fund Transfers
Briefing Note: This policy establishes EFT as the preferred payment method of NLLS. It requires a second staff member to verify changes in EFT information. This change is to prevent instances of fraud. Discussion was had on the privacy implications of the policy and the procedural elements. Changes made to require that written and verbal confirmation be obtained.
Section 3:1O - Sale of Capital Items Send back to Policy Committee
Briefing Note: Establishes the authority for the sale of capital items and outlines a procedure. This policy was being followed but never formally adopted - it is taken from the Marigold Library System.
POLICIES FOR REVISION:
Section 1:1U - Equal Opportunity Employer
Briefing Note: This policy came up in the regular course of review. Language added that aligns with the Canadian Human Rights Act. Clarifies that the system discriminates solely on the basis of merit.
Section 1:3F - Library Property Send back to the Policy Committee
Briefing Note: This policy came up in the regular course of review. Language was added to clarify requiring staff to obtain authorization to borrow NLLS property. A section is added clarifying the accumulation of loyalty and credit card points.
Section TOR - Plan of Service Committee
Briefing Note: Grammatical corrections and simplified language. Change to the Chair and vice-chair being defacto members of the committee.
Section 4:1C - Confidentiality of User Records
Briefing Note: mostly grammar and simplification of text. We’ve added wording allowing the use of digital forms of consent – not just written consent
Section 1:1B - Compensation
Briefing Note: Mostly grammar and formatting for consistency and clarity. Some slight changes: move from an annual grid review to every three years. Tied the step increase to the fiscal year after the first year of employment, clarified the need for change in job classification to move levels.
Section 1:3A - Code of Ethics (future employee outside of work)
Briefing Note: Removed the section on Pandemic Illnesses otherwise, grammar and language simplification.
Section 2:1B - Governance and Policy Development
Briefing Note: Amalgamated the "Policy Statements" policy into this policy.
Section 3:1I - Request for Purchase
Briefing Note: Changes to simplify language and improve grammar. Change to establish that price is not the controlling factor in the purchase of library materials (vendors, quality, processes, etc., matter).
Section TOR - Advocacy Committee
Briefing Note: Simplified the language and improved grammar.
Section TOR - Policy Committee Do not move forward
Briefing Note: Up for regular review. The only recommended edit is adding a period to the end of the first line. Corrected grammar in file.
POLICIES TO DELETE
Section 2:1A - Policy Statements
Briefing Note: Combined with the Governance and Policy Development policy – redundant
M10 Vicky Lefebvre motions to action the above policies as noted.
- In-Camera – Personnel – standing performance evaluation discussion.
M11 Leslie Cusack motions to go into camera at 2:33pm. All in favor, motion carried.
M12 Larry Tiedemann motions to come out of camera 3:01pm. All in favor, motion carried.
- Next Meetings
Friday, November 24, 2023 (ONLINE) 10 am
Friday, December 8, 2023, at Headquarters
M13 Josh Crick motions for adjournment at 3:04pm