JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Library Planning 102

Over 25 library directors and trustees attended the Library Planning 102 session that was presented by Paulette Roes on Tuesday July 27th. Participants learned techniques, tools, and resources for evaluating library services, staff, and board members.

For those who could not attend, the recording is available HERE. Handouts from the class are available HERE.

Library Planning 101

Over 25 library directors and trustees attended the Library Planning 101 session that was presented by Paulette Roes on Tuesday July 13th. Participants learned about the fundamentals of creating a relevant and responsive library plan and went away with practical examples and resources to help with the planning process. For those who could not attend, the recording is available HERE. Handouts from the class are also available at HERE.

Make plans to join us for the next planning session, Library Planning 102 on Tuesday, July 27th at 10am. More information, including the registration link is available on the NCLS Events calendar.

Authority for virtual meetings ends

With the lifting of the state of emergency on Thursday June 24th, the authority for virtual meetings ends on June 24th. This means library boards must now meet in person starting on June 25th.
Open meetings law does allow for a member to meet virtually, as long as there is both a video and audio component.  Additionally, all locations in which members are participating need to be advertised and open to the public.  This means that if a board member dials in from home their address needs to be included in the board meeting public notice and made accessible to the public.

You can find more information about Open Meetings Law at https://opengovernment.ny.gov/.

COVID Safety Updates

In case you missed it last week, here are the handouts and the recording of Stephanie Adam’s (Ask the Lawyer) session on the new Covid guidelines. 

I’m also passing along a link to another recording from Bond, Shoeneck & King LLC regarding the new Covid updates.  I found this session extremely helpful.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVjtuZh7Yog

While legal professionals in both recordings admit that details are a bit foggy and the guidance can change tomorrow, I believe there was some good takeaways from both sessions.  Here are the main points I found helpful:

  • Safety plans needs to be a modified to reflect current decision-making from the administration and board 
  • Any new protocol or safety measures your library adopts must point back to the safety plan
  • All other screening mandates are still in place (staff questionnaire, etc.)
  • If you are implementing a mandatory vaccination policy for employees, you must provide certain exemptions
  • Employee vaccine records are confidential health records and must be treated as such 
  • There is no legal law or mandate requiring organizations to require proof of vaccination
  • There is no legal law or mandate restricting organizations from requiring proof of vaccination
  • Just because an organization can legally require proof of vaccination doesn’t necessarily mean it should (there are privacy and ADA implications that could arise – especially when staff are not properly trained in ADA)

Please take the time to view the sessions that were provided, especially the BS&K one that I included.  There are other details that they talk about that I think you will find helpful.