We started the meeting, as always, with introductions and other news and items that needed to be shared, including an update on the Mango Languages contest. We found that several of the staff ran into a snag with the Mango Languages contest. Mango requires the use of a microphone connected to the PC. Since none of the library's PC's have them, several people tried to start and could not get past the first lesson. In order to solve this, we have ordered two headsets with built in microphones for each library. I have "swag" from Mango Languages that will be used for prizes once people get underway with their language-learning.
This meeting was the first of the six that I "allowed" an "outsider" to come in to present a topic. I really felt it was important for the staff to become a more cohesive unit before I honored any requests for observation or time on the agenda. In this case, it was Sarah Levin-Lederer, from TOPSS, who is the Library Project Coordinator facilitating the partnership between FLP and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.. This was the first presentation of DPW's Dispense Assist training. We all learned about how the library might be asked to help in the event of the city's needing to distribute some sort of vaccine and medication to all of it's citizens in a very short period of time. (Let's hope we never need to use it.)
The third portion of the agenda was planned by the cluster's "Fun" committee. At their suggestion, we arranged to have "Trivia with Bob." The staff from each library played as a team. We did two rounds of questions with a few shout-out type questions between. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Our thanks to Bob Rubenstein for coming out to do this.
Finally, I decided to get another "barometer" reading by having staff weigh-in using stickers on a target. It seems we are really hitting the mark with the monthly meetings.