The Adult Services Roundtable met on March 29th at the new Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest which is fantastic! In attendance were Katie Moellering (EOL), Mary Donlevy (EOL), Jason Brown (HV), Deni Owens (HV), Gina Robertson (Gardendale), Joy Lee (Clay), David Ryan (BPL), and Dianne Clark (Bessemer). We were led on a tour by our great friend and Reference Librarian Leslie West. After the tour we convened in the beautiful meeting room looking out over the forest to discuss A to Z Databases, a new database company whose product we recently previewed on a trial basis. The consensus among members at the meeting (as well as via members not present who provided an email response) was that the database was still too new for us to consider switching from Reference USA. Additionally, Ref USA offered the cooperative a discount to renew this year. The members at the meeting unanimously felt it would be in the county's best interest to remain with Reference USA for the time being.
Additionally, Amanda Bonner at Hoover requested that we share information regarding Free Legal Assistance for self-represented parties. This service is offered by the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program - check it out!
And speaking of they law, our topic for the meeting this month will be business and legal resources - please bring your books and ideas! We will meet at Emmet O'Neal Library on March 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the library's Conference Room.