Library board gets report on technology

Tribune staff reports

Information technology specialist Ben Boyer gave a report to the Jackson County Public Library board of trustees when it met Monday at the Seymour Library.

Boyer participated in the 2015-16 Leadership Jackson County class with his project group creating safe exchange zones at the Seymour Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. He handles all technology in the library system and plans to replace 42 public computers before the end of the year.

After his report, the board approved changes to the internet acceptable use policy that was last revised in August 2014. The change reflects the current fee of $30 per hour plus tax for businesses and commercial groups using the computer classroom at the Seymour Library for educational purposes, board meetings and training.

The board also approved a personnel change and viewed Public Knowledge and The 3 A’s of Public Life videos from the Harwood Public Innovator’s Lab that will help them in their work on a strategic plan for 2017-19.

The budget committee announced $2,281,908 will be advertised for the 2017 operating fund, which is a 3.8 percent increase from this year. The public hearing on the budget is Sept. 19, and the adoption is Oct. 17, both regular meetings at the Seymour Library.

Library administrator Mary Reed presented a list of surplus furniture and equipment for board approval. Most items will be donated to the Friends of the Jackson County Library for its bi-monthly sales.

The board’s next meeting, including the public hearing on the 2017 budget, is at 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Seymour Library.