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HISTORY

The South Burlington Community Library was established in October 1971, with the goal of serving both the school district and community at large. Located in South Burlington High School, the library serves a growing and increasingly culturally diverse community in one of the largest municipalities in Vermont.

The Library operates as a joint venture of the School Board and the City Council, with oversight responsibility delegated to high school administrators and the Library trustees respectively. The citizens of South Burlington support the Library through property taxes distributed annually through two funding sources, one from the school budget and the other from the city budget.

For the first thirty years of the Library's existence, until May 2001, one professional librarian managed the Library for both the school and the community. The librarian was primarily supported by school funds, with only a small amount of dollars allocated by the City to support the role of community librarian. Effort followed funding source and the community library received less attention than the needs of the high school and its students. During the FY 01 budget process, the City Council approved the hiring of a full-time Community Librarian to better address the community's library needs.

Since the arrival of the Community Librarian, there have been numerous improvements to the Community Library. With the financial assistance of grants obtained through the Vermont Public Library foundation, the Library renovated and expanded its children's library; opened a new entrance on the North side of the building dedicated to the community; and expanded staffing and program offerings to the community, both on-site and through outreach to the city's growing senior population. These changes are consistent with renewed interest in the growth and development of the Library as a vital community resource.


Please keep in mind when visiting the Library that because we are
located in a school, Crisis Drills are held routinely. Any person who
is in the building during drills or during evacuation or lockdown
situations must adhere to the instructions of Library/School personnel.

 

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OUR STAFF

 

COMMUNITY STAFF
Mary Albee - Youth Services Assistant
Susan Bliss - Adult Services Assistant
Clinton Bryant - Library Substitute
Verity Burnor - Library Substitute
Catherine Goldsmith - Library Substitute
Jessica Joyal - Technical Services Assistant
Jennifer Murray - Community Director
Meg Paquette - Children's Librarian
Kathryn Plageman - Circulation & Technical Services Librarian
Lois Price - Circulation Assistant

Lisette Scott - Library Clerk
Susan Wargo - Library Substitute
Barbara Ziemann - Public Service Librarian

 

HIGH SCHOOL STAFF
Claire Buckley - High School Librarian
Heather White - Assistant Librarian

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POLICIES

COMMUNITY PROGRAM POLICY

COMPUTER USE POLICY

LIBRARY USE POLICY

PATRON CODE OF CONDUCT

RECORDS MANAGEMENT POLICY

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 The South Burlington Community Library has a Board of Trustees who serve renewable terms of three years. Trustees work closely with the Library Director to develop goals and policies ensuring the library is meeting its mission and addressing community needs during a period of growth and development.  The Board meets once a month and Trustees also serve on the following committees: Fundraising, Advocacy, Governance, Evaluation, Finance. Positions on the Board are advertised through the City of South Burlington and the application is located here.

The LBOT seeks interested community members to serve on the Board as we oversee the current Community Library and as we plan and fundraise for a much-needed and long-awaited new public library for our city.
New members start their terms in September and bring talents and skills that best serve the Library. Their contributions might include some or all of the following:

  • A desire for our library to be the best it can be
  • The vision to plan for the long term
  • A willingness to advocate for the library and tell the library’s story in the community
  • Marketing skills
  • Fundraising experience
  • Connections in the community
  • Expertise in human resources
  • A background in business management
  • A knowledge of finance; a willingness to understand and develop budgets and to oversee funds set aside specifically for library use

All Board and Committee meetings comply with Open Meeting Laws and are open to the public.

SOUTH BURLINGTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBERS

Mark Coel
MargaretAnn Cross - Vice Chair
Linda Darlington
Barbara Devine
Leora Dowling
Bonnie Finnigan - Chair
Susie Merrick
Jay Pasackow
Beth Wood

 

MEETINGS held at the Library at
4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on the
second Thursday of each month.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
April 13
May 11
June 8

LIBRARY BOARD MINUTES
CURRENT AGENDA

 

MISCELLANEOUS REPORTS

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