By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — The Warsaw Community Public Library Board of Trustees learned about the creation of a new library department during a meeting on Monday, June 14.
WCPL now has a “Community Outreach” department, led by Anna Jackson as department head and Michelle Parker as professional assistant. The department will focus on offering a variety of programs and activities to encourage the use of the library and advance library outreach opportunities.
At the board meeting, WCPL Director Ann Zydek said Jackson’s short-term goal is rebuilding programming for adults and teens; programming for these groups was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WCPL’s Board of Trustees also approved amendments to its by-laws. The amendments focus on board members participating electronically in meetings and were created following technology’s role in virtual meetings amidst the pandemic.
Through the amendments, board members can participate in meetings electronically as long as WCPL uses technology that allows for simultaneous communication among board members. The technology must also permit the public to attend and observe the meeting. However, at least half of the board must attend the meeting in-person.
Electronic participation in meetings will also not be allowed if the board is taking final action on a matter, such as adopting a budget or increasing a fee. These changes would also allow the board to meet completely by virtual means during disaster emergencies declared by the state governor or local officials.
The board’s next meeting is at 4 p.m. Monday, July 12.