|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session last week, the Lewis County Public Library Board heard an update on the new
automation and entertained a guest from the State Department of Libraries.
The new computers and software for automation have been installed, and the library
employees are in the process of bar coding all the materials. The bar coding is almost
completed with most of the books finished. The bookmobile and the audios remain.
Treasurer Helen H. Rayburn reported that the grant had sufficient funds to pay for the
necessary training to work the system and some money would probably be left over.
Michael Jones from the State Department of Libraries attended the meeting. He said that
the department couldn't make any plans right now because the State Legislature has not yet
established a budget.
Jones told the board that the expected budget does not call for filling any vacant
positions because of the shortfall in state funds. He also stated that reliable sources in
Frankfort say that a special session of the legislature would be called to hammer out the
He shared some good news with the board. State aid for the libraries should increase
since those funds are based on population growth as recorded in the 2000 census.
The board confirmed that the bookmobile librarian Margie Moore is retiring in December.
The board plans to advertise for a new librarian beginning in July and then train the new
employee in October and November so the person will be ready for the job when Moore
Rayburn reported that the new bookmobile has broken down twice and was at present in
the repair shop at the dealership. It is still under warranty.
The board discussed replacing the current computers. They were installed in 1998 and
one has completely quit while the others are slow. They were upgraded in 2000. Jones
suggested the board replace the computers gradually.
|Library Director Marilyn Conway said that a
service technician from Maysville said he could remove a lot of necessary stuff using Spy
Sweep, and the computers would work faster. No action was taken regarding replacing the
The board moved to rent the front room of the adjacent building to Chris McCane
for an insurance office for $125 per month. McCane will be responsible for preparing the
room for his business but the board will take care of the regular maintenance on the
Board president Carol Gilbert said that she attended an audit meeting, and the audit is
coming up soon. She told the board that she had given the material to prepare for the
audit to the Library Director. James Smith audits the library every four years at a cost
of $1,200. Rayburn said she would like to see the audit done annually.
The board moved to name the library after Helen H. Rayburn. During George
Plummers tenure as County Judge Executive the Fiscal Court moved to so name the
library. The board moved to name the library the Helen H. Rayburn Public Library of Lewis
Gilbert informed the board that she has been appointed an alternate to the Kentucky
Public Library State Board of Trustees for the Buffalo Trace Area Development District.
The trustees meet three times each year.
Marilyn Conway's director's report revealed that the library had 616 patrons last
month. Those patrons checked out 2,252 adult fiction books, 852 adult nonfiction, 889
juvenile fiction, and 554 juvenile nonfiction with a total of 4,547 books. In addition
patrons used 528 magazines, 194 references, 256 videos, 62 audios, 295 used the Internet
and 600 patrons used the computers.
The bookmobile record shows 943 adult fiction, 90 adult nonfiction, 312 juvenile
fiction, and 32 juvenile nonfiction for a total of 1,389 books checked out through the
bookmobile. The bookmobile patrons show 248 magazines read, 31 videos and 29 audios
The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, June 15, at 1:00 p.m. in the library.