Library director wants to modify MOU

Sierra College and school district help fund Lincoln venue
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Friends of the Lincoln Library members aimed a number of funding concerns toward Lincoln’s interim library director Tuesday at the organization’s monthly meeting. “He is our newly hired interim director and it’s important that he meet with the Friends and we meet with him so he understands the role of the Friends in the library,” said Friends of the Lincoln Library president Karen Jarrell. Jon Torkelson started his part-time position at the library Nov. 23, according to previous News Messenger reports. He replaces former library director Darla Wegener, who left her position last August. “I want to start out by saying thank you for your past, present and future support of the library,” Torkelson said. Torkelson listed goals for his first six months as director. Among those goals were increasing self-checkout of library items to 75 percent, working with volunteers and staff to collect past-due fines and increasing community access to library resources. Torkelson also said he planned to work with Sierra College and the Western Placer Unified School district to modify an existing memorandum of understanding for shared funding of the library between the three entities. The city pays for 60 percent of the library at $327,609; the school district pays for 15 percent at $62,240; and Sierra College pays for 25 percent at $102,245, according to Lincoln Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak. Friends of the Lincoln Library member Lora Finnegan wanted to know about the future of funding for Mother Goose on the Loose, which Friends of the Lincoln Library helps fund. “Whatever way we can share support of that, we need to figure out,” Torkelson said. One option for the early literacy program is to have the recreation department run it, according to Torkelson. “Would that mean charging people, which is something we are very fondly trying to avoid?” Finnegan asked. Torkelson said that was one option that could be examined. “It would be great if Mother Goose on the Loose could stay free forever but the question is about how we can keep it going,” Torkelson said. Jeri Ferris asked if Sierra College planned to stop paying their share for the Twelve Bridges Library. “What particular level are they comfortable with, that’s an unknown,” Torkelson said. “We don’t know specifically that someone is going to opt out.” Jatczak said the memo of understanding between the three entities is “outdated and needs to be revisited.” “The MOU (memo of understanding) indicates that if any one of the partners wants to pull out, they have to give a year’s notice,” Jatczak said. Ferris also wanted to know how Torkelson planned to collect money owed for overdue and missing library materials. “We are going to do a form of a written notice and see the response,” Torkelson said. “We have to be realistic and do a test, contact the people and see the results.”