Library Board Challenges Staff to Develop Innovative Programs

Library board members review first submissions for innovative programming
Left to right: Eunice Johnson Rogers, Advocacy Committee Chair Dora Sims, and Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch.

In an effort to help staff provide cool and innovative public programs, the Birmingham Public Library Board is paying it forward.

At its March 2016 board meeting, the group adopted a recommendation from the Advocacy, Fundraising, and Development Committee to establish an award program for staff. The award will provide up to two $50 stipends to each Birmingham Public Library location to sponsor an innovative program. The funds should assist staff in bringing new ideas to the library or provide extra support to existing programs. In order to qualify, staff should submit a brief paragraph or two explaining to the board how they will use the funds. Submissions are due by the 15th of each month.

The idea for the award was brought to the Advocacy Committee by committee member Gwendolyn Amamoo. The Advocacy Committee presented the idea to the board for approval. Upon the board’s approval, the committee will review the selections and forward their recommendations to the full board for approval. The board anticipates awarding up to $1900 between now and December 31, 2016. All awards will be paid from the board fund.

Submitted by
Dora Sims
Birmingham Public Library Board Trustee