South Central logo SCLS Home
SCLS Committees
SCLS Board of Trustees


SCLS Board of Trustees


May 8, 2006 - 12:15 p.m.
SCLS Administration

Present:  T. Brown, F.. Cherney, R. Curtis, L. Davis-Brown, E. DeSchmidt, J. Hanson, J. Healy-Plotkin, T. Iaccarino, R. Keen, N. Nelson, H. O’Donnell, G. Poulson, J. Pugh,  J. Taft, P. Townsend, J. Wheeler,  K. Williams

Also Present:  P. Davis, H. Moe, C. Becker, B. Dimick
Absent:           M. Howe, E. Krszjzaniek
Excused:         J. Kreten, C. McGuire, P. Westby

Call to Order: President J. Taft called the meeting to order at 12:18 p.m.

  1. Introduction of guests/visitors and new board members: Cheryl Becker, Public Library Consultant was introduced.
  2. Changes/additions to the agenda: The Advocacy Committee will not have a report.
  3. Requests to address the board: None

Minutes: R. Curtis moved approval of the April 10, 2006 minutes with the following corrections.  The SCLS Foundation is a “board”, not a “committee” and Fitchburg has formed a library “committee”, not a “board”.  K. Williams seconded the minutes as amended.  Motion carried.

Bills for Payment/Financial Statements:  J. Healy-Plotkin moved approval of the bills for payment in the amount of $165,670.74. G. Poulson seconded.  Motion carried.   

President's Report:
J. Taft noted the appointment of two trustees to the SCLS Board – Brian Kurzynski and Eric Krszjzaniek. They will replace Tony Patton and Bill Zimdars, however, Brian has asked to be removed as a trustee to the SCLS Board due to conflicts with his work schedule.

The SCLS annual meeting with member libraries will be held May 17th at Olbrich Gardens.  Board members may attend and registration is available on the web.
Anne Iwata sent a postcard from New Orleans congratulating Phyllis on her new position as System Director and also thanked the board for their letter of appreciation and the gift.

Committee Reports

Cross Border
:  B. Keen moved on behalf of the committee to raise the cross border reimbursement recommendation from $0.30 to $1.00 per circulated item.  R. Curtis seconded.  Motion Carried.

SCLS Foundation Report:  L. Davis Brown reported the following:  A case statement for support is being drafted, community leaders are being recruited to assist in fundraising, and a vacancy needs to be filled on the Foundation Board to replace Bill Zimdars.

National Library Legislative Day Report:  F. Cherney provided a written report highlighting specifics of his trip to Washington including who he met with and what was discussed – E-rate, Net Neutrality, funding for improving literacy through school libraries, LSTA, and restoring funding for EPA libraries.

Circulation and ILL Statistics:

System Director's Report:  SCLS received its second payment in the amount of $510,762 for 2006 operations.

The Associate Director Job description is out for review and the job advertisement will soon be listed in a variety of places.

The audit will be presented to the board at the June 12th meeting.

The Verona Public Library will be holding its grand opening celebration on May 21st.

WAPL (Wisconsin Association of Public Librarians) was held in WI Rapids and many of the SCLS staff attended.

The Lester Public Library of Vesper has opened its new building and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place May 13th.  They are currently advertising for a Library Director as the previous one resigned.

Lauren Blough, Automation Project Manager, and Phyllis have been invited to meet with the Board of the Lester Library in Arpin to discuss the possibility of their joining LINK.

Governor Jim Doyle signed SB273 into law as Act 226 on March 27.  The law updates and makes technical changes to the language in Chapter 43 relating to public libraries and public library systems.  The major change in our system is that a library will now be allowed to offer remote access to a database for their patrons only, as opposed to all patrons in the system, as was required in the past.

SB272 concerns more substantive changes to Chapter 43, such as allowing inter-municipal reimbursement plans, setting out additional rules for joint library agreements, and establishing minimal operating standards for public libraries as a condition of system membership.  It will also allow cross system border payments to adjacent counties for rural patron use.

Information Sharing:
K. Williams noted she called legislators directly from her home on library legislative day and suggested others do the same.
T. Brown noted a storytelling event for “older adults” will take place August 8 and 15thin Madison.  Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.

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 1:08 p.m.


H. Moe, Recorder       

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