By: Anne Uruburu, Board President
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 14, 2013
Sedona Library Board Update
Sedona Public Library (SPL) Board of Trustees announces
changes to the Library Board. Two Trustees are retiring at the
annual meeting on June 18, two Trustees have recently filled vacant
positions, and one Trustee continues for an additional three year term.
This all-volunteer Board of Trustees is responsible for administering
the affairs of this private, non-profit community organization that
provides the services of a public library through contracts with local
government for operational funding.
The SPL Board is grateful for the volunteer terms of retiring
Trustees Annette Star Lustgarten and Sandy Immerso, who have contributed
significantly to the future sustainability of the Library in our community.
Annette Star Lustgarten joined the Board in 2010 and
participated in many progressive changes.
As past interim President-elect, she sat on the Executive Committee,
participating in governing decisions between formal Board meetings.
Her legal background was a helpful influence to the Board. She
participated in the Budget, Finance and Investment Committees assuring
prudent fiscal practices and conservative investing policies.
Most significantly, Annette chaired the Fundraising Development Committee,
putting in place the cornerstones to assure future preservation and
sustainability of SPL. Although competing priorities lead her
elsewhere at this time, Annette remains a strong supporter of the Library
and the many services it is able to provide to our community.
Sandy Immerso joined the Board in 2009. She was SPL Board
Secretary for four years, recording and posting actions of the Board.
She supported and promoted the expansion of the English/Spanish programs
at the Library. She worked closely with the Latino Services Librarian
to enrich offerings for our Hispanic community patrons. Sandy was active
on the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon committee, which organized a
gala event held each spring to recognize the many wonderful volunteers
at SPL. She will continue volunteering at SPL in various capacities.
On behalf of the entire SPL Board, thank you to these two dedicated,
wonderful, volunteer Board members for your many contributions to the
libraryâ€™s future welfare.
Two Trustees, Carolyn Daugherty and Cliff Hamilton,
were seated earlier this year to fill vacated positions.
Carolyn Daugherty has been an avid reader since
childhood. The local library helped provide a healthy escape from the
"sameness" of small-town life where she grew up, and books opened
up the world to her. Carolyn believes that libraries serve as one of the
most important public amenities available to everyone, and they are often at
the heart of the community.
As a former college professor
whose working life centered on community planning, she feels that her
most important contribution to the SPL Board of Trustees is her dedication
to helping the Sedona Public Library remain a vibrant, growing asset
that will serve all Sedona citizens long into the future.
Cliff Hamilton believes that in this age of information
we can never stop learning or we get left behind. Good libraries are
about providing learning in all forms, including that which is entertaining,
practical, theoretical and technological. Our Sedona Public Library
does all of these things really well, mostly free, for everyone who
wants them, in all forms of paper, electronic and live delivery.
"In my four years of serving on the City Council, I never once heard
anyone complain about the Library,"says Cliff. "There's no other
institution in the city I can say that about, which says a lot. Serving
on the Library Board is one way to not only help people continue their
personal learning but to also give back to this special place we call
One thing about our library that heâ€™s begun to even more fully appreciate
is the fact that it is so much more than just a library. It is also our community's gathering
place, a technology center, refuge for some, a community bulletin board and as close as we get
to a true "heart of Sedona."
Cliff and his wife, Katie, have made major use of the Library's resources
since they moved here from Oregon 11 years ago. He feels it's
an honor to be a Trustee and to serve in helping to sustain and expand
this valuable community resource. Cliff anticipates using his
background in state government, previous non-profit organizations and
business in his Trustee role, since our library interfaces with all
sectors. Seeing that the building is well cared for and maintained,
operations are on a financially sustainable basis and the Libraryâ€™s
role as a heart of the community continues far into the future are among
his goals in serving on the Board.
The SPL Board is also pleased to have the continuing
services of Trustee Laura Lawrie for an additional three-year term. Laura originally
applied to be a Trustee of SPL in 2009 because she had been a volunteer
at SPL and wanted to be more involved in the governing of the Library.
She is the daughter of a retired librarian, so her whole life has been
spent enjoying and advocating for libraries. Laura is also the
mother of two home-schooled children and therefore brings a youthful
perspective to the Board. As an active community member, Laura
spearheaded SPLâ€™s participation in the Sedona Marathon for the past
three years, helping raise funds to support additional services at SPL.
She still enjoys a successful career in academic publishing, and that,
as well as her interest in and knowledge of technology, will continue
to be useful as she serves as Trustee.
As your outgoing President of the Board of Trustees,
I sincerely want to thank all current and former Trustees over the past
two years for their collaborative and enthusiastic support. Among
the Board accomplishments, I am especially thankful that:
- Art students at Sedona Red Rock High School worked with Gary Rubin,
Trustee and artist, to complete the engaging 40 foot mural located
in the SPL courtyard.
- SPLâ€™s computers and handheld reading devices available to patrons
are frequently upgraded.
- SPLâ€™s social media (YouTube, Facebook, and e-newsletter) stays
current with Library happenings.
- The Rotating Artist Program at SPL in the Village continues
to bring a variety of beautiful art to our patrons, with local artistsâ€™
exhibitions changing every two months.
- The SPL Building and Grounds "green" program has been active,
with energy-efficient lighting replacements, a recycling program, and
annual facility inspections to maintain this beautiful, community building.
In addition, my appreciation goes to the Library staff,
especially Director Virginia Volkman, for their ongoing commitment to
our patrons. They continuously deliver superior service in an atmosphere that encourages
Thank you to all the SPL volunteers who work on the Libraryâ€™s behalf.
Because of their assistance in every department at the Library, we all
receive better service.
And lastly, thank you to all the Friends of the Library (FOL) volunteers.
Their popular events, such as the Festival of Wreaths and their semi-annual
book sales, raise needed funds for Library operations, collection development,
and special programs for patrons.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Anne Uruburu is President of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.