Library Board of Control committees: October election must be the focus

Pictured are Lincoln Parish Library Interim Director Marcie Nelson (left) and LPL Board member Diana Humphries during Wednesday afternoon’s board meeting. (Photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT/LPJ)

By T. Scott Boatright

A theme thickly permeated the air throughout Wednesday’s Lincoln Parish Board of Control monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Library Events Center.

And that theme was that the focus of the library for now should be doing everything it can to ensure that Lincoln Parish voters cast votes in favor of a library tax election scheduled for next October.

The Board heard reports from the library’s marketing, building and grounds, public relations and acquisition and purchasing committees. No report was made to Board members from the library’s finance committee.

Bill Jones, who gave the report for the public relations committee, advised the Board that his committee plans to push to educate the public about the library in July regarding everything the library does for and what it means to the parish.

“There are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions about the library out there that need to be cleared up before the election is held,” Jones said.

Sam Williams represented the library’s marketing committee and offered recommendations that included making the Library Events Center more visitor/user friendly, utilizing the Friends of the Library to expand marketing efforts, exploring relationships with parish university marketing departments and prioritizing community outreach.

“The Events Center needs to bring in events,” Williams said. “We supposedly can’t charge for the Events Center because it’s a public building. Yet we charge for entrance to Lincoln Parish Park. We charge for R.V. parking. They charge admission for the (North Louisiana) Events Center. … Let’s face it, there has to be major changes in the Events Center or we’re going to lose it.”

In upcoming articles the Lincoln Parish Journal will further explore discussions about the library made during Wednesday’s meeting and the implications for the library’s future.

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