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Library board of trustees elects officers, approves grants

The Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees poses for a photo with new library executive director Charles Pace, third from left. Board members are, from left, Deborah Oscarson, Babs Wagoner, Dick Goodman, Betty Atkinson and Suzanne Skeen. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

The Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees poses for a photo with new library executive director Charles Pace, third from left. Board members are, from left, Deborah Oscarson, Babs Wagoner, Dick Goodman, Betty Atkinson and Suzanne Skeen. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

During its regular business meeting Monday, the Gwinnett County Public Library’s Board of Trustees elected officers for the new year.

They are Dick Goodman, who will continue to serve as chairman, Betty Atkinson, who continues as vice chair, and Babs Wagoner, who will still serve as secretary. Suzanne Skeen was re-appointed treasurer.

The board also voted unanimously to approve two budget adjustments for grants the library system has received. The first is the LSTA Prime Time Family Reading Time Grant for $6,750, which is designed to help underserved families have increased library access. The second, a grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Civil War 150 Project, is $500 that can be used to promote the Civil War exhibit.

Two telecommunications contracts were also on the meeting’s budget. The current contracts expire June 30, and the board voted unanimously to begin the process of awarding contracts to XO for approximately $48,000 and Windstream for about $17,000 for direct Internet service and an access line that connects the library’s voice over Internet protocol to the outside line, respectively.

The library is seeking reimbursement to fund 80 percent of those expenses.

The board also voted to transfer signature authority to the library system’s new executive director, Charles Pace, who will now have the authority to sign contracts, checks and other documents. Monday’s meeting was the first for Pace, who began work last week.

The board of trustees will hold its next meeting, a workshop to discuss upcoming voting items, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24.