Job Opening - Circulation Assistant
Carthage Public Library District is seeking a friendly, reliable, conscientious, detail-oriented individual to provide excellent
customer service and assist patrons at the library’s circulation desk. Duties include, but are not limited to: using circulation software to check books in and out, shelving library materials, using the copy machine and fax machine, answering the phone,
and assisting patrons in using computers and finding materials. Applicant must be literate, able to communicate clearly both
orally and in writing, able to sort books by alphabetical and decimal order, have basic computer skills, and be physically
able to bend, stoop, reach, lift and carry items up to 30 lbs.
This is a part-time position, approximately 20 hours per week (negotiable). Schedule is somewhat flexible but will include some daytime hours, at least one evening per week, and an average of two Saturdays (half days) per month
Job Description - Circulation Assistant
Job Application Form MS Word format Job Application Form pdf format
To apply, for either position, submit a resume and completed application form (from link above)
to the Carthage Public Library in person or via email, CarthageLibraryDirector@gmail.com.
For questions, call the Library, 217-357-3232, and ask for the Director, Amy Gee.
Library Board Considers Facility Options
In 2006, when the Library remodeled the first floor of the former Marine Bank building and moved into 500 Wabash Ave., the plan was to eventually renovate the second floor. The Board knew that we would be required to construct an additional stairway. The Library is currently facing problems with an unreliable elevator, which is difficult to repair since the parts are obsolete, and is too small to meet ADA requirements. Replacing the elevator would greatly add to the remodeling expenses.
In order to effectively evaluate our options, accurate cost estimates were needed. In 2017 the Board of Trustees began working with Dr. Frederick Schlipf, a well-known and respected Library Building Consultant and professor at the U of I Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Urbana-Champaign, and Mark Misselhorn, from Apace Design + Architects in Peoria.
In March of 2018 Dr. Schlipf and Mark Misselhorn submitted a report to the Board of Trustees that summarized their findings and gave their recommendation. Page 1 states:
"The library has four general options:
1. Remodel the second story of the building to enable it to be used for library purposes, adding necessary staircase and
2. Expand the first floor by constructing an addition on the south.
3. Obtain and remodel another old structure and convert it to library purposes.
4. Build a new library building on a new site.
Our conclusion, outlined in detail below, is that the most economical and functional solution is to start over with a
new building designed as a library."
Click here to view their full report.
STAFF & ADMINISTRATION
Library Director: Amy Gee, CarthageLibraryDirector@gmail.com
Youth Programs Coordinator: Lisa Barker, CarthageLibraryYouth@gmail.com
Other Staff: Tori Buckert, Wendy Hamer, Kathryn Johnson, Janet Nicholas, Lindsay Nichols
Elected Board of Trustees
President: John Dittmer
Vice-President: J.R. Parn
Secretary: Donna Tracy
Treasurer: Andy Bastert
Members: Angie Perry
Board meetings are open to the public and are usually held at
4:30 pm on the second Monday of each month, at the Library
2019-20 Board Meeting Dates
July 8, 2019 January 13, 2020
August 12, 2019 February 10, 2020
September 9, 2019 March 9, 2020
October 14, 2019 April 13, 2020
***November 18, 2019 May 11, 2020
(3rd Monday, because the Library
will be closed on Nov. 11)
December 9, 2019 June 8, 2020
Click links below for most recent documents.
Approved minutes from Board meetings:
April 2019 minutes May 2019 minutes June 2019 minutes
July 2019 minutes August 2019 September 2019 minutes
Agenda for May meeting Agenda for June meeting Agenda for July meeting
Agenda for August meeting Agenda for September meeting Agenda for October meeting
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