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SCLS Board of Trustees


February 12, 2007 - 12:15 p.m.
SCLS Administration

Present:  R. Barden, F. Cherney, R. Curtis, L. Davis-Brown, E. DeSmidt, J. Hanson, J. Healy-Plotkin, M. Howe, T. Iaccarino, T. McIlroy, N. Nelson, H. O’Donnell, J. Pugh, L. Schmidt, P. Townsend, J. Wheeler

Also Present:  P. Davis, H. Moe, S. Morrill, M. Ibach
Absent:           E. Krszjzaniek, C. McGuire
Excused:         R. Keen, J. Kreten, G. Poulson, P. Westby

Call to Order: F. Cherney called the meeting to order at 12:16 p.m.

  1. Introduction of guests/visitors and new board members: Jean Anderson, the newly hired CE/Multitype Consultant was introduced as well as the newly appointed board members representing Dane County -  Luella Schmidt and Terry McIlroy.
  2. Changes/additions to the agenda: None
  3. Requests to address the board: None

Minutes: J. Pugh moved approval of the January 8, 2007 minutes.  R. Barden seconded.  Motion carried. 

Bills for Payment/Financial Statements:  J. Healy-Plotkin moved approval of the bills for payment in the amount of $160,406.80.  T. Iaccarino seconded.  Motion carried.   

President's Report:  Francis shared the highlights of his trip to the Panama Canal, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Committee Reports: 
Advocacy:  R. Curtis moved, on behalf of the Advocacy Committee, to approve the applications submitted by Francis Cherney and Jamie Healy-Plotkin to attend National Library Legislative Day in Washington.  P. Townsend seconded.  Motion carried.

SCLS Foundation Report:  L. Davis-Brown noted the Foundation will meet after the board meeting to discuss major gifts and the identification of donors.  Trustees and citizen members are needed to participate – Janet Pugh volunteered to serve.  Phyllis and Bob have scheduled meetings with member library boards to discuss endowments with the Foundation. 

Circulation and ILL Statistics:  The circulation statistics for 2007 will be different than 2006.  The total circulation will include serials as well as books.



System Director's Report: 

Amy Gannaway has been hired as the CAT/PAC specialist in the Automation Department.

Albany held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly built Albertson Memorial Library.  North Freedom and Waunakee are looking into new libraries and Fitchburg and Cottage Grove are beginning the process.

There was an incident with a delivery van where the cargo box fell off.  Luckily no one was injured.  It was an age and rust issue and similar trucks are being inspected and “beefed” up to prevent this from happening again.

The annual report will be presented to the board for approval at the March meeting.

WLA will be contacting the Counties Association to discuss Act 420.

The Delivery SRLAAW Subcommittee will meet to discuss how to charge for delivery.

The Library Emporium will begin taking high value items again on February 14th.

Phyllis reported on her visit to the Seattle Library and their “high tech” material handling.  At the Mid-Winter Conference the ALA Council, on which Phyllis serves, passed resolutions on service to immigrants, minimum entry salary recommendation of $40,000, and EPA libraries.

In 2002, the Gates Foundation donated a large number of computers to libraries in Wisconsin.  There will be another round of Gates Foundation funding, which will direct its hardware upgrade grants to public libraries that serve communities where 10 percent or more of the population lives in poverty and are vulnerable to having their computer and Internet services become obsolete.  Wisconsin should be in the 2008 round of grants and it is reported that some type of local match will be required.

COLAND, Council on Library and Network Development, has developed a report on the condition and progress of library services in the state and recommendations on how library services in the state may be improved.  The report is required by state statute and can be found at

Each member library of SCLS has signed a membership agreement.  Because of specific changes in state statues, the agreement needs to be revised.  Included in those changes is the addition of language that makes it clear that libraries can purchase databases for remote access individually.  Also included in the revision is the requirements for membership, including that the director must work 10 hours each week when the library is open to the public, that the library must be open 20 hours a week or at least the number of hours each week the library was open in 2005, and spend at least $2500 on library materials in 2008.

Jean Anderson, CE/Multitype Consultant, began her first day of work with SCLS on February 1.  The only vacant position left is the technical position that has been redesigned.  We placed an ad through “craigslist” and “” in hopes of receiving resumes from qualified candidates. The deadline for applications is February 17.

Stef has been reappointed to LITAC (State Library Technology Advisory Committee).  She attended a meeting February 9th and the committee discussed what topics they will cover for the year.  Those topics include BadgerLink, electronic collections, virtual reference, digitization projects, information literacy, accessibility, and privacy/safety.  Also discussed was publicity for BadgerLink, a report on “Project Safe Childhood”, internet related legislation, and the value of school media specialists.  DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act) was reintroduced into Congress, and other acts that may impact patron privacy may also be introduced.

There was a good turn out for Legislative Day.  The Complete WLA legislative agenda is available at  One of the key items is exempting county library expenditures from levy limits.  This is in recognition of the additional payments that will be necessary from counties to libraries in adjacent counties as a result of Act 420.

Advocacy Report – Mark Ibach:  He noted there are now 1600 names on the advocacy list who receive monthly emails.  Eight systems in WI are actively involved in the advocacy effort.  A Summer Library Program (SLP) video will be produced featuring Peter Hamon and John DeBacher for the “Get a Clue” theme.  Mark shared a document about the value of the SLP within SCLS.  It is estimated that SLP resulted in an estimated $23.8 million in value to local communities by helping children stay on task with educational progress.

Public Library Advisory Committee (PLAC) Report:

Multitype Advisory Committee (MALC) Report:

LINK Report: Agenda and Minutes for the above committees can be found on the web at:

Other Business:  None

Meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.

H. Moe, Recorder       

For more information about the Board of Trustees, contact Heidi Moe.