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By: Sheila Hoffmeyer, President
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 25, 2010

Library Welcomes New Trustees

At the recent June meeting of the Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees, three new members were elected and are beginning three year terms.  As a non-profit organization that provides the services of a public library through contracts with local government, the volunteer Board of Trustees is responsible for administering the affairs of the Library.

Since it is a governing Board, the following are some of the more important duties which the Board executes:  1) Make and enforce all policies, rules, regulations and bylaws necessary for the administration and government of the SPL and all Library property.  2) Exercise and administer any trust declared or created for the Library.  3) Employ a Library Director, determine compensation, and empower the Director to administer the policies of the Board of Trustees.  4) Authorize the sale or purchase of books, journals, publications, real estate, equipment or other property or services of the Library and to pay for same.  5) Accept or reject donations to the Library.

The Board is pleased to welcome members-at-large Blair Henry, Kathleen Klitzke and Annette Star Lustgarten. Also serving on the Board are President Sheila Hoffmeyer; Interim President Elect Ann Meiggs; Treasurer Roger Shlonsky; Past-President Marv Hofmann; Secretary Sandy Immerso; and Members-at-Large Laura Lawrie, Anne Uruburu, and Pat Whitfield.

Blair Henry was a practicing attorney for over 22 years, including a corporate attorney and deputy prosecuting attorney in Olympia, Washington.  He has started and managed a number of 501(c) 3 organizations and has a strong track record of working with elected officials.  His firm HenryConsulting develops comprehensive and integrated corporate strategies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, and manage investments in cleaner and more efficient energy technologies.  Blair states, “The Library is a gorgeous jewel and I’m pleased to be involved in the community by serving on the Library Board.”

Kathleen Klitzke came to the Verde Valley in 2007 to serve as Assistant Attorney General for a local Indian Nation and went on to provide consulting services to local, national and international clients  primarily in the areas of intellectual property, marketing research and investment analysis.  "I have broad legal and business experience as well as a deep love for one of our community's richest treasures --the amazing Sedona Public Library," said Kathleen. “It is a great privilege to leverage my skills to benefit the Library.” Kathleen is a former Enforcement Attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and, immediately before moving to Arizona, worked in an Alternative Energy Regulatory Affairs capacity for one of the world's largest energy companies.  Currently, Kathleen is working with a local nonprofit organization that provides behavioral health services to northern Arizona residents.

Annette Star Lustgarten is a retired attorney who has served on a number of boards, including the Sedona Community Foundation, Toastmasters of Sedona, and the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.  Annette recalls participating in the parade on May 14, 1994, of 500 Sedona citizens who formed "Books Across Sedona" to symbolize the move to the new library building at 3250 White Bear Road. The book-carrying chain moved 5,000 books from the Uptown location.  “The Library is truly a community center with programs and activities valued by the community,” said Annette. “I’ve been an active volunteer in the community and am pleased to be a Library Board trustee.”

As a reminder: Wednesday, June 30 Sedona Public Library and SPL in the Village will be closed to transition to new software for our circulation system and catalog.  For several days before we begin using the new software, the Library will be open, but offering reduced services.  Be sure to bring your library card if you want to check any material out of the Library because we won’t have the ability to look up your card number.

During our software changeover (June 25 – 29) the catalog will be unavailable but you’ll be able to search our local holdings through the World Catalog, one of the AZ Statewide Databases.  Unfortunately, that catalog won’t give you up-to-the-minute information on newly acquired items or whether an item is on the shelf or checked out. 

All databases provided by the Arizona State Library will be accessible.  Just go to the Library’s website and click on Find Articles and More, then on AZ Statewide Databases.  However, electronic resources provided by the Yavapai Library Network, including Overdrive downloadable audio books will not be available.

Holds on library items will be not be able to be placed or filled during this time.  Information about your account through the online catalog will also be unavailable.  So save the list of items you want to place on hold and once the new catalog is up you’ll be able to place holds again. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Beginning June 30th, you'll need your library card and a password (pin) to have access to "My Account" and to place holds.  For most library users the last 4 digits of your phone number will be your pin.  If you need help, please ask at the Reference Desk.

When we reopen on July 1 all services should be available.  However, if we need to verify your account information or are experiencing a software glitch, we appreciate your patience as we fine-tune the new software.

Sheila Hoffmeyer
Sheila Hoffmeyer, author of this week's article,
is President of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.

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